Professor Partha Lahiri, is a Professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) and Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland at College Park, USA. Prior to coming to Maryland, Professor Lahiri was the Milton Mohr Distinguished Professor of Statistics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Professor Lahiri’s research on small area estimation has been widely published in leading journals such as the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Annals of Statistics, Biometrika and Survey Methodology. Professor Lahiri has served on a number of advisory committees, including the U.S. Census Advisory committee and U.S. National Academy panel. Over the years Dr. Lahiri advised various local and international organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, World Bank, Gallup Organization. Professor Lahiri regularly teaches semester-long small area estimation course at JPSM. In addition, he offered short courses, workshops and a webinar on small area estimation in different countries. Professor Lahiri is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.
Professor Pfeffermann is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). He received the Waksberg award for “outstanding contributions to survey methodology” in 2011, the Hansen lecture award in 2014 and the Roy memorial lecture award in 2015. Professor Pfeffermann ’s main research areas are analytic inference from complex sample surveys, seasonal adjustment and trend estimation, small area estimation, and Inference under informative sampling, with applications to observational studies and nonresponse. He published many articles in leading statistical journals and co-edited with Professor C.R. Rao the two-volume handbook “Sample Surveys”, published by North-Holland.