Prof Zhu Lixing
Department of Mathematics
Professor Zhu Lixing is one of the foremost scholars in the fields of statistics and probability. Over the years, he has established a brilliant research record with an impressive number of academic papers in top-tier journals and a total of 930 citations. His greatest contributions in statistics fall mainly in Model Checking and Dimension Reduction. In Model Checking, his research group was the first to introduce a martingale transformation into statistical inference. The method has become immensely popular in statistics and econometrics and has led to three test statistics being named after him and his fellow researchers, namely the Stute-Thies-Zhu transformation, the Stute-Zhu statistic and the He-Zhu method. He and Professor Winfried Stute are also the first researchers to prove the Bahudur representation of SNN estimators. In Dimension Reduction, his efforts in finding a consistent method to estimate the central subspace have opened up a new path in the field.
Professor Zhu’s scholarly contributions are evident from the major international honours he has received. He was awarded the Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany in 2000 “for his work on applications of the theory of empirical processes in high-dimensional space and for his results concerning the tail probabilities of the Kolmogorov functionals”. He is the first scientist in Hong Kong and the only statistician in Asia to receive this distinguished honour. His outstanding research work has gained him membership in various prestigious organizations. He was selected as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association. Furthermore, he is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and he was conferred the Cheung Kong Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education of China and the Li Ka Shing Foundation of Hong Kong from 2004 to 2007.
As a prominent figure in the field, Professor Zhu is frequently invited to serve as associate editor for academic journals such as Statistica Sinica. He has received repeated invitations to be plenary speaker at international conferences.
The Selection Committee is highly impressed by Professor Zhu’s pioneer work, which is making an important impact and contribution not only in statistics but also in other fields such as econometrics and psychology. In recognition of Professor Zhu’s influential and extensive contributions, he is awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work.