HITS Scientific Director Tilmann Gneiting Receives The 2024 Ulf Grenander Prize


November 4, 2023


HITS Scientific Director Tilmann Gneiting receives the 2024 Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling for seminal work in environmental and stochastic modeling, with applications to computational weather forecasting, and for research in probability theory and mathematical statistics.

 “We all are aware that weather is a complex, chaotic system that poses challenges to forecasters. However, intense interaction and collaboration between meteorologists and mathematical scientists have led to major improvements in weather prediction.  One of the most influential researchers in this field has now received the “2024 Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling” by the American Mathematical Society (AMS):  Tilmann Gneiting, HITS group leader and the current Scientific Director of the institute. Gneiting also serves as Professor of Computational Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Gneiting’s foundational work on statistical post-processing for numerical weather forecasts provides the basis for current practice worldwide”, the AMS state in their official announcement. “Gneiting is most widely known for foundational work on probabilistic forecasting. His two very highly cited 2007 papers have attracted considerable attention in the real-world weather forecasting community, including the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, with which Gneiting has conducted extensive research.” The prize will be awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco in January 2024.

With the Ulf Grenander Prize, awarded every three years, the AMS recognizes exceptional theoretical and applied contributions in stochastic theory and modeling. It is awarded for seminal work in the areas of probabilistic modeling, statistical inference, or related computational algorithms, especially for the analysis of complex or high-dimensional systems.