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Name  T. Cai

Role  Statistician
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Education  Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Cornell University
Similar People  Jianqing Fan, Xihong Lin, Xiao‑Li Meng

IAS Distinguished Lecture : Prof T. Tony Cai (24 Jun 2016)

T. Tony Cai (Chinese: 蔡天文; aka Tianwen Cai) (born March, 1967), is a Chinese statistician. He is the current Dorothy Silberberg Professor and Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the winner of 2008 COPSS Presidents' Award.


Covariate-assisted ranking and screening for large-scale two-sample inference


Cai's research interests include high-dimensional inference, large-scale multiple testing, nonparametric function estimation, functional data analysis, inference for discrete distributions, and statistical decision theory, with applications to compressed sensing, chemical identification, medical imaging and microarray data analysis.


Cai was born in Rui'an, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. In 1986, Cai graduated from the Department of Mathematics, Hangzhou University (previous and current Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang University) when he was only 18 years old. In 1989, Cai received MSc from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Cai earned PhD from Cornell University in 1996.

Cai has been appointed the Dorothy Silberberg Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 2007

Tony Cai was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2006.

Cai received the 2008 COPSS Presidents' Award 2008, Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies

In 2009, Cai was named the Medallion Lecturer at the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Cai has four brothers and one sister. His sister Tianxi Cai is also working on statistics, and is a professor of biostatistics at Harvard University. His brother Tianwu Michael Cai, majored in physics (PhD, Rochester) is a vice-president of Goldman Sachs. Tony Cai has two children, a son and daughter, both of whom are currently undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tony Cai is a member of the editorial board of the journal Annals of Statistics. He has also served on editorial boards of the journals Statistics Surveys, Statistica Sinica and Journal of the American Statistical Association.

Honors and awards

  • COPSS Presidents' Award 2008, Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.
  • Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2006.
  • References

    T. Tony Cai Wikipedia