Blackwell-Rosenbluth Award

Call for award nominations

Dear all,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Blackwell-Rosenbluth Award by j-ISBA, a recently established award for junior researchers in different areas of Bayesian statistics. The award aims at recognizing outstanding junior Bayesian researchers based on their overall contribution to the field and to the community. There will be six winners in total who will be invited to present their work in two special events of the Junior Bayes Beyond the Borders (JB^3) webinar series and receive three years of free ISBA and j-ISBA membership.

ISBA proudly has a wide geographical diversity among its members. To encourage scientific exchange and strengthen research connections between geographies, three prizes will be awarded to researchers based in time zones UTC+0 to UTC+13 [e.g. Africa + Asia + Europe + Oceania] and three to those based in UTC-12 to UTC-1 [e.g. North America + South America].
The winners belonging to the former group will present in a special JB^3 event hosted in the latter time zones, and vice versa, to raise their intercontinental visibility. We welcome nominations of junior researchers working in the broad spectrum of topics in Bayesian statistics, including but not limited to methods, theory, computation, machine learning, data science, biostatistics, econometrics, industrial statistics, environmental science, and software.

Why Blackwell-Rosenbluth

The award is named after David H. Blackwell and Arianna W. Rosenbluth for their groundbreaking works that lie at the foundation of modern Bayesian statistical theory and computation. They represent important role models for new researchers in Bayesian statistics.

David Harold Blackwell

Young Blackwell

Born on April 24, 1919, Blackwell excelled in mathematics from an early age. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Joseph L. Doob in 1941. He had a distinguished career, becoming a founding member in 1955 of the newly established Department of Statistics at University California, Berkeley. In 1965, he became the first African American to be elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and was awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 1979. In addition to his seminal contributions to Bayesian inference, decision theory, game theory, sequential analysis and renewal theory, he also wrote one of the first textbooks in Bayesian statistics (Basic Statistics, McGraw-Hill, 1969).

Arianna Wright Rosenbluth

Young Rosenbluth

Born on September 15, 1927, Arianna Wright Rosenbluth showed an affinity for sciences from early childhood. She completed her doctoral work under the supervision of a future Nobel Laureate, John Van Vleck, in 1949, making her the fifth woman to earn a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard. Later, as a coauthor of the seminal 1953 paper introducing the Metropolis algorithm, Rosenbluth almost single-handedly implemented the algorithm on the MANIAC I hardware at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. This made her the first person to ever implement the Markov chain Monte Carlo method when sophisticated programming tools were still years away, and the program had to be written in strings of 1’s and 0’s.

Eligibility and Application Procedure

Ph.D. students or early career researchers who obtained their PhD after January 1, 2017 are eligible for nomination. A nomination may come from any ISBA member, including the nominee themselves. A nomination is to be submitted electronically and should contain:

  • Nominating letter in support of the candidate
  • CV of the candidate
  • One manuscript or alternate form of exposition (e.g. software documentation) of scientific work most representative of the nominee’s achievements; the submitted work should also be available as publication or in a public repository such as arXiv, bioRxiv, CRAN, Bioconductor or GitHub.

Winners of the Blackwell-Rosenbluth Award, 2022

UTC+0 to UTC+13

Jeremy Heng, ESSEC Business School, Singapore
Swapnil Mishra, University of Copenhagen
Leah South, Queensland University of Technology

UTC-12 to UTC-1

Sharmistha Guha, Texas A&M University
Simon Mak, Duke University
Akihiko Nishimura, Johns Hopkins University

JB^3 webinars with winners

Date: Monday, November 28 at 1pm UTC
Host: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
- 1:00pm UTC — 1:10pm UTC: Opening by j-ISBA and remarks from UTC- Scientific Committee
- 1:10pm UTC — 1:45pm UTC: Presentation by Leah South
- 1:45pm UTC — 2:20pm UTC: Presentation by Jeremy Heng
- 2:20pm UTC — 2:55pm UTC: Presentation by Swapnil Mishra
- 2:55pm UTC — 3:00pm UTC: Final remarks
The abstracts of the presentations are posted here.
The webinar takes place via Zoom.
Join URL:

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 1pm UTC
Host: Bocconi University, Italy
- 1:00pm UTC — 1:10pm UTC: Opening by j-ISBA and remarks from UTC+ Scientific Committee
- 1:10pm UTC — 1:45pm UTC: Presentation by Sharmistha Guha
- 1:45pm UTC — 2:20pm UTC: Presentation by Simon Mak
- 2:20pm UTC — 2:55pm UTC: Presentation by Akihiko Nishimura
- 2:55pm UTC — 3:00pm UTC: Final remarks
The abstracts of the presentations are posted here.
The webinar takes place via Zoom.
Join URL:
Meeting ID: 929 3470 0009
Passcode: 019959

We would like to thank the Scientific Committees of the 2022 Blackwell-Rosenbluth Award:

UTC+0 to UTC+13

Daniele Durante, Chair
Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, Vice-Chair
Xenia Miscouridou, j-ISBA Liaison
Federico Camerlenghi
François Caron
Ismael Castillo
Marta Catalano
Cathy W. Chen
Jim Griffin
Maria de Iorio
Samuel Livingstone
Gael Martin
Brendan Murphy
Jouchi Nakajima
Sonia Petrone
Sylvia Richardson
Dootika Vats

UTC-12 to UTC-1

Lorin Crawford, Chair
Ramses Mena, Vice-Chair
Fan Bu, j-ISBA Liaison
Kate Calder
Trevor Campbell
Merlise Clyde
Daniel Kowal
Rosangela Helena Loschi
Li Ma
Peter Mueller
Raquel Prado
Fernando Quintana
Abhra Sarkar
Yixin Wang

Winners of 2021 can be found here.