The First Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics

The Florence Center for Data Science congratulates the Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics winners: James Robins, Miguel Hernán, Thomas Richardson, Andrea Rotnitzky, and Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen for their pioneering work on Causal Inference with applications in Medicine and Public Health.

This new scientific prize of one million dollars created by Peter Rousseeuw, professor of statistics at KU Leuven, Belgium, has been appointed by The King Baudouin Foundation, with the aim of rewarding excellence in statistical research with a significant impact on everyday life.

For the first edition, the prize will be shared by James Robins of Harvard University and jointly by his main collaborators Miguel Hernán (Harvard University), Thomas Richardson (University of Washington), Andrea Rotnitzky (Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina) and Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen (University of Pennsylvania) for their groundbreaking methodological contributions to Causal Inference with applications in Medicine and Public Health. 

Top row left to right: James Robins, Andrea Rotnitzky, Miguel Hernán Bottom row: Thomas Richardson, Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen. Image from Rousseeuw Prize

The work honoured by the 2022 Rousseeuw Prize has completely transformed how statisticians, epidemiologists, and others infer the effects of interventions, treatments, and exposures to potentially harmful substances. It has greatly improved the overall reliability of causal analysis in medicine and public health, with great benefit to society.

The prize will be awarded at a ceremony taking place at KU Leuven on Wednesday, October 12 2022.