Offer Kella, Vigevani Professor of Statistics
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Personal:

Born: 1958, Haifa, Israel
Married to: Yonina
Two sons: Near (1984) and Raani (1991)

Education:

Ph.D.   1987    Operations Research    Stanford University     California, USA

M.Sc.   1984    Operations Research    Tel Aviv University      Israel

B.Sc.    1983     Mathematics                Tel Aviv University      Israel

Major academic appointments:

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Department of Statistics

2007-now        Vigevani Professor of Statistics

1996-2007       Professor

1992-1996       Associate Professor (tenure: 1993)

 

Yale University

School of Management, Department of Operations Research and Department of Statistics

1991-1995       Associate Professor

1987-1991       Assistant Professor

 

Recognition:

Vigevani Chair in Statistics   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem , 2007-now, Israel

Stieltjes Visiting Professor    The Thomas Stieltjes Institute for Mathematics, 2005, The Netherlands

Alon Fellowship for               1992-1995, Israel

Excelling young scientists

Editorial assignments:


2014-now        Statistics and Probability Letters (SPL)  (associate editor)

1999-now        Operations Research Letters (ORL) (associate editor)

1994-now        Queueing Systems: Theory and Applications (QUESTA) (associate editor)
2004-2013       Mathematics of Operations Research (MOR) (associate editor)
1995-2005       Operations Research (OR) (associate editor)

Major administrative and professional duties:

2009-2011       Vice President, Operations Research Society of Israel (ORSIS)

2006-now        Steering committee member, Queueing and Performance Analysis (QPA), EURANDOM, The Netherlands

2001-2005       Department Chair, Department of Statistics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1998-2001       Chair, The Faculty of Social Sciences Committee for Research and Infrastructure, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Research interests:

Applied probability, operations research, queueing theory, stochastic storage processes . 

Professional affiliations:

Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)

Applied Probability Society of INFORMS (APS)

Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)

Operations Research Society of Israel (ORSIS)

Research grants:

US - Israel Binational Science Foundation , grant No. 92-00035, 1993-1997, joint with Ward Whitt (AT&T, USA), title: Stochastic Fluid Networks,, total support - $42,500. 

The Israel Science Foundation , grant No. 372/93, 1993-1996, joint with David Assaf (Dept. of Statistics, Hebrew University), title: Optimal Control of Stochastic and Deterministic Fluid Networks, total support - $60,000. 

The Denmark/Israel Research Award, 1994-1995, joint with Soren Asmussen (then at Univ. of Aalborg, DK) and David Perry (University of Haifa), supports travel between Denmark and Israel. 

The Israel Science Foundation , grant No. 794/97, 1997-2000, single investigator, title: Stochastic Storage Networks, total support: $66,800. 

The Volkswagen Foundation (via The Ministry of Science and Culture of the State of Niedersachsen), 2000-2002, joint with Wolfgang Stadje (University of Osnabrueck, Germany), title: Stochastic Storage Systems in a Random Environment, total support - DM87,000.

The Israel Science Foundation , grant No. 935/ 0, 2000-2003, single investigator, title: Stochastic Storage Models and Networks, Markov Modulation and Martingale Methods, total support: $65,140. 

INTAS (funded by the European community), project 265, 2001-2003, joint among teams from several European countries and Israel, Israeli team: Adam Shwartz (Technion) and Offer Kella, title: Mathematics of Stochastic Networks, total support: EU90,000.

The Israel Science Foundation , grant No. 819/ 03, 2003-2006, single investigator, title: Stochastic Storage Models and Networks in a Random Environment, total support: $87,270. 

The Volkswagen Foundation (via The Ministry of Science and Culture of the State of Niedersachsen), 2004-2006, joint with Wolfgang Stadje (University of Osnabrueck, Germany), title: Reflected Networks, Stability and Martingale Analysis, total support - EU88,000.

The Israel Science Foundation , grant No. 964/06, 2006-2009, single investigator, title: Storage Models and Networks with Stochastic Reflecting Constraints, total support: $84,000.

The Israel Science Foundation , grant No. 434/09, 2009-2012, single investigator, title: Stochastic storage models and networks with an emphasis on Markov modulation, stochastic constraints and applications to growth collapse models, total support: $60,000.
The Israel Science Foundation , grant No. 1462/13, 2013-2017, single investigator, title: Tools and models for stochastic storage models and networks, total support: $120,000.