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Refik Soyer

Refik Soyer

Title: Chairperson and Professor of Decision Sciences
Department: Decision Sciences
Address: Funger Hall, Suite 415C
Phone: (202) 994-6445
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

D.Sc. in Operations Research, George Washington University, 1985
M.Sc. in Operational Research, Sussex University (England), 1979
B.A. in Economics, Bogazici University (Turkey), 1978

Area of Expertise: Bayesian Statistics, Reliability Analysis, Stochastic Modeling, Time Series Analysis, and Decision Analysis

Editorial Positions: Section Editor: Encyclopedia of Quality and Reliability, 2005 – Present

Associate Editor: Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, January 2008 - Present, Journal of the American Statistical Association, 1992 - 1994.

Professional Activities: Vice-President of The International Association for Statistical Computing, 2001 - 2003.

Current Research:Bayesian Mortgage Default Models, Modeling Call Center Arrivals, Bayesian Inference in Stochastic Processes, Information Theory Applications, NonGaussian Time-series Analysis.

Grants: National Science Foundation (2010-2012, 1996- 2000), Dupont Educational Grant (1996-1998)

Other: Soyer’s areas of interests are Bayesian statistics and decision analysis, stochastic modeling, statistical aspects of reliability analysis, and time series analysis. He has published more than 90 papers and directed 10 doctoral dissertations. He has also co-edited a volume titled “Mathematical Reliability: An Expository Perspective.” Soyer’s research in the above areas, focus on modeling and methodology development, and applications of these models and methods to real problems. Some recent examples of such work include Bayesian portfolio selection models, maintenance practices for rail road tracks, modeling call center arrivals, analyzing pulse trains, and modeling mental health data.

He is the director of the Institute for Integrating Statistics in Decision Sciences at GW. He also is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, a fellow of the Turkish Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

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