T. Tony Cai

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T. Tony Cai

T. Tony Cai (Chinese: 蔡天文; aka Tianwen Cai) (born March, 1967), is a Chinese statistician. He is the current Dorothy Silberberg Professor and Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the winner of 2008 COPSS Presidents' Award.


Cai's research interests include high-dimensional inference, large-scale multiple testing, nonparametric function estimation, functional data analysis, inference for discrete distributions, and statistical decision theory, with applications to compressed sensing, chemical identification, medical imaging and microarray data analysis.[1]


Cai was born in Rui'an, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. In 1986, Cai graduated from the Department of Mathematics, Hangzhou University (previous and current Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang University) when he was only 18 years old.[2] In 1989, Cai received MSc from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Cai earned PhD from Cornell University in 1996.[3]

Cai has been appointed the Dorothy Silberberg Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 2007 [4]

Tony Cai was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2006.[5][6]

Cai received the 2008 COPSS Presidents' Award 2008, Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies [7]

In 2009, Cai was named the Medallion Lecturer at the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.[8]

Cai has four brothers and one sister. His sister Tianxi Cai is also working on statistics, and is a professor of biostatistics at Harvard University.[9] His brother Tianwu Michael Cai, majored in physics (PhD, Rochester) is a vice-president of Goldman Sachs. Tony Cai has two children, a son and daughter, both of whom are currently undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tony Cai is a member of the editorial board of the journal Annals of Statistics.[10] He has also served on editorial boards of the journals Statistics Surveys, Statistica Sinica and Journal of the American Statistical Association.[11]

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  1. ^ http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~tcai/Biosketch.html
  2. ^ 瑞安学子蔡天文的求学成才路 - 温州文明网
  3. ^ 求是新闻网 - 校友蔡天文荣获国际统计学“考普斯”奖
  4. ^ Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania May 15, 2007 Resolution Faculty Appointments, Leaves and Promotions. Accessed December 25, 2009
  5. ^ Reports of IMS Standing Committees 2006. Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Accessed December 25, 2009
  6. ^ Introducing the 2006 IMS Fellows. IMS Bulletin, vol. 35, no. 7, August/September 2006, p. 6 Election citation: for pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of nonparametric function estimation; for the introduction of innovative blockthresholding schemes; and for important contributions to the theory of adaptive inference.
  7. ^ Presidents’ Award:Past Award Recipients. Archived 2015-07-01 at the Wayback Machine. Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies. Accessed December 25, 2009. Award citation: For fundamental and wide-ranging contributions to the mathematics, theory and methods of statistics, including the theory and application of wavelets, block thresholding in wavelet regression, optimality theory, adaptation in nonparametric function estimation, confidence intervals in small samples, and methods for false discovery rate control; for applications to chemical identification, medical imaging and microarray data analysis; and for outstanding contributions to the statistical profession through extensive editorial work and mentorship of students.
  8. ^ JSM Keynote Speakers Boast Impressive Backgrounds. American Statistical Association Newsletter, no. 383, May 2009, pp. 32-36
  9. ^ Tianxi Cai's homepage at Harvard
  10. ^ Editorial Board. Annals of Statistics. Accessed December 25, 2009
  11. ^ Medallion lecture preview: Tony Cai. Archived 2010-05-07 at the Wayback Machine. IMS Bulletin, vol. 38, no. 5, June 2009, p. 6