West recognized with Wilks Award
December 27, 2011
- Dr. Bruce West, ARL Fellow, is recent percipient of the U.S. Army Wilks Award.
- West was honored for his pioneering contributions to the development of non-stationary, non-ergodic statistical modeling techniques applicable to broad classes of adaptive phenomena and complex networks.
- West is co-author of 10 books and nearly 400 peer-reviewed publications, and serves in key editorial posts for three journals.
Dr. Bruce West, ARL Fellow, is the 2011 recipient of the U.S. Army Wilks Award, presented during the Army Conference on Applied Statistics held in Annapolis, Md., in October, 2011.
The award was established in 1981 to commemorate the career of Samuel S. Wilks and his service to the Army. It is given periodically to a "deserving individual who has made a substantial contribution to statistical methodology and application, impacting the practice of statistics in the Army through personal research in statistics or application of statistics in the solution of Army problems."
West was honored for his pioneering contributions to the development of non-stationary, non-ergodic statistical modeling techniques applicable to broad classes of adaptive phenomena and complex networks.
He is the Chief Scientist (Mathematics) in the Information Sciences Directorate of the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO). He led the development of the Army's basic research program on Network Science (NS), culminating with the formation of the Army Research Laboratory Director's Research Initiative on NS in 2007 and the establishment of a new ARO Division on NS in 2008.
Additionally, his research directly supported the creation and application of new analytical methods for detecting and assessing soldier injury, disease, and physiologic pathologies.
West earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Rochester in 1970. His research, in academic settings and after joining the ARO in 1999, has focused on modeling complex phenomena: physical processes whose evolution cannot be described simply by differential equations or other definitive mathematical formulations; applications of discontinuous statistical processes (Levy distributions) to quantum chaos, non-equilibrium statistical physics, and biomedical time series; fractional calculus for stochastic processes; and fractals and power-law distributions.