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Kedem, Benjamin

Benjamin Kedem
4411 Mathematics Building

Research Interests 

Time series analysis, space-time statistical problems, and combination of information from several sources. In particular, he has worked on higher order crossings, contraction mapping in spectral analysis, the Rice formula, the threshold method, partial likelihood and spatial prediction.


Benjamin Kedem, who joined the University of Maryland in 1975 as an Assistant Professor, holds a PhD. (1973) in statistics from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and specializes in inference for space-time stochastic models. His research has been recognized by several awards including IEEE W.R.G. Baker award (1988), award from the Armament Development Authority, Israel (1984), NASA/Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award (1997), and IBM Faculty Award (2006). He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Kedem has published in statistics, engineering, and scientific journals including the Annals of Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA), Biomertrika, IEEE Tr. on Information Theory, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (another JASA), Journal of Applied Meteorology, and Journal of Geophysical Research.

When nobody sees, let alone hears, he likes to play on his old accordion, harmonica, or both simultaneously, such tunes as "Good Night Irene," versions of "Karabushka" (Russian), Klezmer music, etc. These hardly change over the years. Kedem is also an avid soccer player.

Honors and Awards 

American Statistical Association, 1999

Other awards
Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award, 1997

Related News 

Kedem, De Oliveira win Canadian Journal of Statistics Award
The award is for the paper, 'Bayesian analysis of a density ratio model,' published in the journal in 2017. March 23, 2018

Statistical Data Fusion: new book by Kedem, De Oliveira, Sverchkov
New statistical methods for improved inference of information coming from many sources. January 20, 2017

Kedem will be Fulbright Specialist this fall
ISR-affiliated professor will encourage mathematics students and faculty at the New University of Lisbon. August 27, 2013

Benjamin Kedem is co-investigator on $5.4M USDA food-safety grant
Research will create a scientific basis for safe, hygenic practices in farming, packing, transporting and storing fresh produce. February 24, 2012

Kedem receives NSF grant for semiparapetric regression with random covariates
The research is a novel approach to regression based on multiple data sources. September 1, 2010

Alum Victor De Oliveira wins ASA distinguished achievement award
Former student of Ben Kedem is on faculty of University of Texas at San Antonio. August 16, 2010

Symposium in honor of Ben Kedem will be held in July
Theme is "Advances in Statistics and Applied Probability: Unified Approaches." April 30, 2009

ISR alum Victor De Oliveira elected to International Statistical Institute
Former student of Ben Kedem is member of business school faculty at UT San Antonio. March 1, 2007

Kedem receives IBM Faculty Award
Prize recognizes the quality of ISR-affliated professor's research September 14, 2006

Kedem is featured speaker at SCMA2005
Also leads time series workshop at conference December 15, 2005