Michael Baron

Professor - Mathematical Sciences
mbaron@utdallas.edu
972-883-6874
ECSN 3.912
UTD Webpage

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Statistics
University of Maryland - 1995
M.S. - Mathematics
University of St.~Petersburg - 1992

Research Areas

Research areas
  • Sequential Analysis
  • Change-Point Detection
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Applications of Statistics in Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Semiconductor Manufacturing, and Energy Finance

Publications

M. Baron and A. Tartakovsky. Asymptotic optimality of change-point detection schemes in general continuous-time models. Sequential Analysis, accepted, to appear in 2006. 2006 - Publication
R. Gill, J. Keating, and M. Baron. Detecting abrupt leaks in blended underground storage tanks. Accepted, to appear in Communication in Statistics - Theory and Methods, #35, 2006. 2006 - Publication
R. Gill and M. Baron. Consistent estimation in generalized broken-line regression. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 126(2), 441--460, 2004. 2004 - Publication
C. Schmegner and M. Baron. Principles of optimal sequential planning. Sequential Analysis, 23( 1), 11--32, 2004. 2004 - Publication
M. Baron. Sequential methods for multistate processes. In N. Mukhopadhyay, S. Datta, S. Chattopadhyay, eds., Applications of Sequential Methodologies, 55--73, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 2004. 2004 - Publication
M. Baron. Detection of epidemics as a sequential change-point problem. In V. Antonov, C. Huber. M. Nikulin, V. Polischook, eds.; Longevity, Aging and Degradation Models in Reliability, Public Health, Medicine and Biology, volume 2, pages 31--43, St. Petersburg, 2004. 2004 - Publication
M. Baron and N. Granott. Consistent estimation of early and frequent change points. In J. Haitovsky, H. R. Lerche, and Y. Ritov, eds., Foundations of Statistical Inference, pages 181--194, Physica-Verlag, Heidelberg, New York, 2003. 2003 - Publication
M. Rosenberg, J. D. Bryngelson, M. Baron. Probability and stochastic calculus: review of probability concepts. In E. I. Ronn, ed., Real Options and Energy Management, pages 659--697, Risk Books, London, 2002. 2002 - Publication
M. Baron. Bayes and asymptotically pointwise optimal stopping rules for the detection of influenza epidemics. In C. Gatsonis, R. E. Kass, A. Carriquiry, A. Gelman, D. Higdon, D. K. Pauler and I. Verdinelli, Eds., Case Studies in Bayesian Statistics, vol. 6, pages 153-- 163, Springer-Verlag, New York, 2002. 2002 - Publication
M. Baron, M. Rosenberg, N. Sidorenko. Divide and conquer: forecasting power via automatic price regime separation. Energy, Power, and Risk Management, 70-73, March 2002. 2002 - Publication

Appointments

Academic Visitor
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center [2003–2004]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2001–Present]
Instructor
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland [1995–1995]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1995–2001]

Projects

Statistical methods of early detection of epidemics
2018–2018 Statistical methods of early detection of epidemics. The First International French-Russian Workshop Longevity, Aging and Degradation Models in Reliability, Public Health, Medicine and Biology, St. Petersburg, Russia
Nonparametric detecting abrupt distributional changes in sequentially obtained data
2018–2018 Nonparametric detecting abrupt distributional changes in sequentially obtained data. 3rd IMS New Researchers Conference, Laramie WY
Optimal stopping rules in sequential Bayesian change-point detection problems
2002–2002 Optimal stopping rules in sequential Bayesian change-point detection problems. Probability Seminar Series at Columbia University, New York
On Bayesian inference under non-symmetric loss functions
1995–1995 On Bayesian inference under non-symmetric loss functions. Statistics Colloquium at Texas AM University, College Station TX
Detection of multiple change points: on-line and off-line algorithms
1998–1998 Detection of multiple change points: on-line and off-line algorithms. Invited talk. Statistics seminar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Baltimore MD

Additional Information

Dissertations/Theses Supervised
Graduated doctoral students
Ryan Gill, "Introduction to generalized broken line regression", 2002, now Assistant Professor at U. of Louisville, KY
Claudia Schmegner, "Decision theoretic ressults for sequentially planned statistical procedures", 2003, now Assistant Professor at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Current doctoral students
Sumihiro Suzuki, "Bayesian computation of optimal sequential plans", 2006 (target)
Jingsi Xia, "Accelerated sequentially plarmed change-point detection and analysis of Phase IV clinical trials", 2006 (target)    
BACHELORS HONORS ADVISEMENT/DIRECTION
Giang David Nguyen, "Estimating change-points in a multiparameter exponential family", 1997.
Byron Campen, "An investigation of the arrival process of unsolicited email", 2004.
DEPARTMENT COMMITTEES
1995-1996
Statistical consulting service
Math sciences student computing lab
1996-1997
Co-chair of academic seminars
Web master for Math sciences
Statistical consulting service
1997-1998
Undergraduate advisor in Statistics
Web master for Math sciences
Statistical consulting service
1998-1999
Undergraduate advisor in Statistics
Web master for Math sciences
Graduate student admission and TA recruitment (chair)
Service courses
Curriculum issues
Computer facilities
1999-2000
Undergraduate advisor in Statistics
Web master for Math sciences
Graduate student admission and TA recruitment
Class schedule committee
Planning committee
Service courses
Undergraduate curriculum
Computer facilities
2000-2001
Undergraduate advisor in Statistics
Web master for Math sciences
Actuarial career coordinator
Graduate student admission and TA recruitment
Class schedule committee
Planning committee
Service courses
Undergraduate curriculum
Computer facilities
2001-2002
Undergraduate advisor in Statistics
Web master for Math sciences
Actuarial career coordinator
Class schedule committee
Service courses
Undergraduate curriculum
2002-2003
Undergraduate advisor in Statistics
Web master for Math sciences
Undergraduate curriculum committee
Class schedule committee
Statistics service courses textbooks
Statistics courses textbooks
Computer facilities
2003-2004
Web master for Math sciences (on leave at IBM Research)
2004-2005
Graduate advisor in Statistics
Web master for Math sciences
Graduate curriculum committee
Class schedule committee
Statistics service courses textbooks
2005-2006
UTD administrative duties:
Graduate advisor in Statistics
Graduate student recruiting and admissions committee (chair)
Webmaster for Math sciences
Class schedule committee
Computer committee
Graduate curriculum committee
Library committee (chair)
Textbooks for Statistics majors cormnittee
Professional recognitions, honors, memberships
  • Associate Editor of Sequential Analysis
  • Member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • Member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis
  • Invited Technometrics paper of 2001 (presented at the Spring Research Conference)
  • A number of sponsored invited conference papers

News Articles

Statistics Professor Follows Family Footsteps to Award-Winning Path
Dr. Michael Baron knew early in his life that he wanted to be a teacher.

“My parents were my first teaching coaches,” said Baron, a professor of mathematical sciences at UT Dallas whose parents were both high school math teachers, and whose grandfather was a mathematics lecturer and scholar of Hebrew studies.

“I saw how thoroughly they prepared for each class, how mindfully they wrote handouts, and how carefully they graded homework and exams. They showed me rather early what it takes to become a professional teacher,” he said. 

Funding

Identifying change points and pattems in development, leaming and problem solving processes
$68,386 - NSF, Division of Social and Economic Sciences [1999–2001]
Pattem recognition and signature analysis in semiconductor risk assessment
$20,137 - Texas Instruments, Inc. [1997–1998]