posted 7 June 2010
At the Spring Convocation 2010, Dr. James C. Fu, Statistics, was awarded the Professor Emeritus designation by the University of Manitoba.
The title of Professor Emeritus is an honour that is conferred after retirement on members of the faculty of the University who have rendered distinguished service to the University through their teaching, research, and scholarship.
Fu joined the Department of Statistics in 1974 and has made significant contributions to the disciplines of statistics and probability over his career. The author of over 70 scientific papers, he is best known for the development, with Markos Koutras, of the Finite Markov Chain Imbedding technique for determining probability distributions of runs and patterns. This technique has been widely used in bioinformatics, in analyzing DNA sequences, and in reliability theory, for determining probabilities of system failures.
Fu also contributed in the use of the large deviation approach for studying asymptotic distributions and rates of convergence of consistent estimators.
He has also been involved in supervising numerous graduate students, thereby sharing his knowledge with our future scientists.
Fu's work is highly cited; one of his papers received a Citation Classic Award from the Institute for Scientific Information. He has served as editor or associate editor for a number of international journals and as President of the International Chinese Statistical Association. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. On his retirement, an international symposium, Fu-Fest 2009, was held at the University of Manitoba in his honour.