Murali Haran ^{ pronunciation }

Associate Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Program, Department of Statistics, Penn State University

Office: 421B Thomas

Phone: 814-863-8126

I received my M.S. and Ph.D. from the School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in computer science (with minors in statistics, mathematics and film) from Carnegie Mellon University. I was a postdoctoral fellow at NISS (courtesy appointment at Duke University) (2003--2004) and a New Research Fellow at SAMSI (2009--2010). I spent my sabbatical (2011--2012) at the Department of Statistics, University of Washington.

Primary Research Interests

For more on my research, Ph.D. students etc. please see background and research.

- Statistical computing, primarily Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms
- Models for spatial data: Gaussian random field models, Bayesian hierarchical models
- Complex computer models/computer experiments: statistical emulation and calibration
- Cross-disciplinary research in environmental sciences: climate science, disease modeling, ecology

Selected Papers(link to longer list of publications )

- Chang, W., Haran, M., Olson, R., and Keller, K. (2014) Fast dimension-reduced climate model calibration,
the Annals of Applied Statistics, in press(Winner of the 2014 American Statistical Association Section on Statistics and the Environment Student Paper Competition)

- Katz, R.W., Craigmile, P.F., Guttorp, P., Haran, M., Sanso, B. and Stein, M.L. (2013) Uncertainty Analysis in Climate Change Assessments ,
Nature Climate Change, 3, 769–771.

- Jandarov, R., Haran, M., Bjornstad, O.N. and Grenfell, B.T. (2014) Emulating a gravity model to infer the spatiotemporal dynamics of an infectious disease
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C, 63, 3, pp. 423–444.

- Hughes, J. and Haran, M. (2013), Dimension Reduction and Alleviation of Confounding for Spatial Generalized Linear Mixed Models ,
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 75, 1, 139--159.

Software for this approach may be found here: ngspatial

- Tibbits, M.M., Groendyke, C., Haran, M., and Liechty, J.C. (2013) Automated Factor Slice Sampling,
to appear in the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics

- Tingley, M., Craigmile, P.F., Haran, M., Li, B., Mannshardt-Shamseldin, E. and Rajaratnam, B. (2012), Piecing together the past: Statistical insights into paleoclimatic reconstructions ,
Quarternary Science Reviews, 35, 1--22.

- Haran, M. (2011) Gaussian random field models for spatial data, in
Handbook of Markov chain Monte Carlo,Editors, Brooks, S.P., Gelman, A.E. Jones, G.L. and Meng, X.L., Springer-Verlag. bibtex

- Hughes, J.P., Haran, M., and Caragea, P.C. (2011), Autologistic models for binary data on a lattice ,
Environmetrics, 7, 857--871.

- Flegal, J.M., Haran, M., and Jones, G.L. (2008) Markov chain Monte Carlo: Can we trust the third significant figure?
Statistical Science,23,250--260. bibtex

Code for consistent batch means estimator for MCMC standard errors as described in the paper: R package on CRAN , R function and C function

- Jones, G.L., Haran, M., Caffo, B.S. and Neath, R. (2006) Fixed Width Output Analysis for Markov chain Monte Carlo
, Journal of the American Statistical Association, 101:1537--1547.bibtex

Teaching

- Time Series (STAT 463), spring 2014
- Introduction to Probability Theory (STAT 414), spring 2014 (also spring 2009, fall 2010 and 2012)

- Courses Taught in Previous Semester

Advising

- Ph.D. Theses: current and past students
- M.S. Theses: current and past students
- B.S./Honors Theses: current and past students
Stats Undergrads:information on scheduling appointments, undergrad program etc. (If you do not hear back from me, please email me again. I occasionally lose track of emails because ).

Other Roles

- Chair of the Penn State Statistics Undergraduate Program
- Schreyer Honors College adviser for Statistics and Honors College thesis adviser
- I organize the weekly
SMAC (Stochastic Modeling and Computing)seminar series:- Associate Editor:
Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics,Bayesian Analysis,(past)Biometrics- Chair of the
American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Risk Analysis2013-2014- Treasurer for the International Society for Bayesian Analysis ( ISBA ) 2013--2017
- Member of the ASA Advisory Committee on Climate Change Policy 2009--2013
- I co-organized the Workshop on Environmetrics (ENVR 2012) at North Carolina State University from October 4-6, 2012.

Everything Else:non-academic