Welcome to Peter Hoff and Nils Bruin, new site directors at PIMS

  • Date: 07/01/2011
On July 1, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences will welcome two new site directors. Professor Nils Bruin at Simon Fraser University and Professor Peter Hoff at the University of Washington.


Nils Bruin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. He is affiliated with the SFU Number Theory group, the Centre for Experimental and Computational Mathematics (CECM) and the IRMACS Centre (Explorations in Computational Number Theory project). Before his appointment at SFU in 2003, Professor Bruin was a Senior Research Associate with the MAGMA group within the School of Mathematics at the University of Sydney and a PIMS Postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia. His research centres around theoretical and computational questions in arithmetic geometry. He has organized several conferences and workshops, many of them with PIMS support.


Peter Hoff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has developed a variety of Bayesian methods for multivariate data, including covariance and copula estimation, cluster analysis, mixture modeling and social network analysis. He gained his PhD in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2000 and was the winner of the Leonard J. Savage Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Bayesian Theory and Methods from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. He has been at the University of Washington since 2000 and he is on the editorial board of the Annals of Applied Statistics, JRSSB and Statistical Science.


PIMS Director Alejandro Adem commented on these new appointments, “PIMS is delighted to welcome these two distinguished researchers to our group of site directors. Nils and Peter will add energy and new expertise to the PIMS team.”


Thanks and best wishes go to Steve Ruuth and Gunther Uhlmann who have served as director at these two PIMS sites.


Nils Bruin


Peter Hoff