Kanti V Mardia

Senior Research Professor
Department of Statistics, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 113-343510 Office Fax: +44 (0)113-3435090
Email: k.v.mardia@leeds.ac.uk

Visiting Professor (Long Term)
Department of Statistics, 1 South Parks Road, University of Oxford,
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1 865-282926 Fax: +44 (0)1 865 272595
Email: mardia@stats.ox.ac.uk


Kanti V. Mardia is presently Senior Research Professor, a position which has been specially created by the University of Leeds after the expiry of his position in 2000 as Chair of Applied Statistics which he held since 1973. Due to his initiative and efforts, the Centre of Statistical Bioinformatics (CoSB), Leeds, has been recently established and he is now appointed as its Adjunct Director (see also Centre of Statistical Bioinformatics); since 2012 he has a formal visiting Professorship (Adjunct Faculty) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, ranked 11 in the world: http://rankings.ft.com/exportranking/global-mba-rankings-2012/pdf

He was a founding Director of CoMIR (Centre of Medical Imaging Research). His publications comprise over three hundred articles in statistical journals and numerous books, including Statistical Shape Analysis, Statistics of Directional Data, Multivariate Analysis and The Art of Statistical Science: A Tribute to G. S. Watson. He has edited several volumes including volumes 1 and 2 of Statistics and Images, Proceedings of MIUA '98 and all the Proceedings of the University of Leeds Annual Statistics Research Workshops (LASR). He founded and have been organizing the LASR Workshops, which have grown since 1973 into international conferences. The silver anniversary of the LASR workshops was celebrated in July 2006.

In January 2007, Professor Mardia had an audience with the President of India, His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, and discussed with him the topic of “Statistics, Science and Spirituality”.

He was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver (2003) of the Royal Statistical Society and the citation for the award reads: “The Guy Medal in Silver for 2003 is awarded to Professor Kanti Mardia for his many pathbreaking contributions to statistical science, including two fundamental papers read to the Society on ‘Statistics of directional data’ (1975) and ‘A penalised likelihood approach to image warping’ (with C.A. Glasbey, 2001), his highly acclaimed monographs and his lasting leadership role in interdisciplinary research.”

Professor Mardia has been awarded the Wilks medal of 2013 by the American Statistical Society and the citation reads:

"For extensive work covering a wide span of applied and theoretical research, including seminal results in shape analysis, spatial statistics, multivariate analysis, directional data analysis and bioinformatics with special applications to geostatistics, image analysis and protein structure; for the international dissemination of statistical thought and innovative ideas through research publications, presentations, books, monographs, the establishment and running of annual research workshops and interdisciplinary centers; and for his insightful guidance of future generations of statisticians."

Methods developed for shape analysis by him in Leeds, with other collaborators, have been used on brain images to assess the extent of brain damage in people suffering from fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). This evidence has been used in court cases in the US as a mitigating circumstance when determining guilt and for sentencing. His contributions (selected recent articles) span over many areas including:

bioinformatics, directional statistics, geosciences, image analysis, multivariate analysis, shape analysis, spatial statistics, and spatial temporal modelling.

Full details up to 2000 appears in the article entitled “A CONVERSATION WITH KANTI MARDIA”

by Mukhopadhyay, N. (2002), Statistical Science, vol 17, pages 113-148.



Interview for the February 2009 Research Newsletter of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) [the article can be found here]








Research Publications


  • Books

o       Monographs

o       Edited volumes






  • Literary Interests

o           Jainism

o           Omar Khayyam



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