SAHADEB SARKAR (Ph.D., Statistics, Iowa State University) is Professor of Statistics in the Operations Management Group at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Earlier (1990–97), he taught at Oklahoma State University and also at the Department of Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (in 2001 and 2002). He was also an Honorary Visiting Scientist at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (during September 1997–August 1999). Professor Sarkar has over 50 research papers to his credit. His areas of interest are robust inference, minimum disparity inference, reliability, time series and forecasting, categorical data, and measurement error models.
NABENDU PAL (Ph.D., Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) is Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Earlier (Spring 1989), he taught at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He was also a Visiting Scientist at Division of Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. A member of various national and international associations, Professor Pal has about 65 research papers to his credit. His areas of interest are decision theory and Bayesian analysis, reliability and life testing, and biostatistics.