David Aldous

Professor, UC Berkeley

David Aldous has been a Professor in the Statistics Department at UC Berkeley since 1979. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1977. He is the author of "Probability Approximations via the Poisson Clumping Heuristic" and (with Jim Fill) of a notorious unfinished online work, "Reversible Markov Chains and Random Walks on Graphs." His research in mathematical probability has covered weak convergence, exchangeability, Markov chain mixing times, continuum random trees, stochastic coalescence and spatial random networks. A central theme has been the study of large finite random structures and their asymptotic behavior as the size tends to infinity, via consideration of some suitable infinite random structure. He has recently become interested in articulating critically what mathematical probability says about the real world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Program Visits

Counting Complexity and Phase Transitions, Spring 2016, Visiting Scientist
Evolutionary Biology and the Theory of Computing, Spring 2014, Visiting Scientist