A Birthday Celebration for Jerry Friedman

May 15, 2019  ●  8:30am to 4:30pm (Pacific) with a Reception and Dinner to follow

Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center ● 475 Via Ortega ● Mackenzie Room 300

Closest Parking Lots

Jerry Friedman has been with the Statistics Department at Stanford for nearly forty years. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading researchers in statistics and data mining, and has been called a founding father of data mining software.

“I was always interested in what Leo Breiman called large and complex data sets (now called data mining)... . I guess it’s a kind of data that I first encountered in physics, moderately high-dimensional, a fair amount of data, the number of observations usually considerably larger than the number of measured variables. I was always interested in developing general-purpose algorithms where one could pour the data in and hope to get something sensible out without a lot of labor-intensive work on the part of the data analyst.”

During his career, Jerry has added a remarkable array of landmark publications and new methodologies to data mining and machine learning, representing one of the broadest ranges of important contributions by any one person in the field. A gathering of former students, current colleagues, family and friends are delighted to present this day-long symposium in his honor.

Jerry is famous for his tie-dyed shirts

Agenda & Invited Speakers

time activity
8:30a Continental Breakfast
9:15a Welcome – Rob Tibshirani and Trevor Hastie

Mark SegalUC San Francisco

“What would Jerry do? – Some cosmically diverse PRIM applications”


David HenryBristol-Myers Squibb

“Jerry@82 (1982, that is)”

10:30a Morning Coffee Break

Jan PedersenUber Technologies

“Gradient Boosted Trees at 20: A View from Industry”


Giles HookerCornell University

“Boosted Trees and Statistical Inference: A Roadmap”

12:00n Barbeque Lunch with the Statistics Department at their 2019 Spring Party

Art OwenStanford University

“Good points! An appreciation of Jerome Friedman”


Nick FisherUniversity of Sydney

“How to fool some of the CEOs all of the time: Net-Promoter Score versus good market research practice”


Afternoon Coffee Break

Trevor Hastie“Jerry and airport security”


Andreas BujaUniversity of Pennsylvania

“How Jerry ACEd Regression”


Werner StuetzleUniversity of Washington

“Jerry in the Age of Trees”

4:00p Closing Remarks