Lester Mackey, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor, Statistics, Stanford
Lester is Assistant Professor of Statistics and, by courtesy, of Computer Science at Stanford. His current research interests include statistical machine learning, high-dimensional statistics, algorithms and data structures, and concentration inequalities. In 2013, Lester ranked first in the DREAM Phil Bowen ALS Prediction Prize4Life Challenge for accurate prediction of disease progression in ALS patients. DREAM is a Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods, and its main objective is to catalyze the interaction between experiment and theory in the area of cellular network inference and quantitative model building in systems biology. Lester also organizes a working group on Statistics for Social Good. His interest lies, more generally, in problems that bridge applications and theory and that involve drawing inferences from large, structured datasets.