Visiting professor will discuss data mining, privacy

LAWRENCE — Richard De Veaux, professor of statistics at Williams College, Massachusetts, will present “Data Mining: Fool’s Gold ... Or the Mother Lode?” for the University of Kansas Department of Mathematics’ Russell Bradt Undergraduate Colloquium. The presentation will be at 4 p.m. April 24 in 120 Snow Hall.

As a former data mining and statistical consultant, De Veaux will talk about the reach of government agencies, credit card companies and others into repositories of personal data, the limits and what the future might hold.

De Veaux has degrees in civil engineering and mathematics from Princeton, a master’s in dance education from Stanford and a doctorate in statistics from Stanford, where he studied with Persi Diaconis. Before Williams, Dick taught at the Wharton School and the Engineering School at Princeton. He has also been a visiting research professor the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) in Montpellier, France; the Université Paul Sabitier in Toulouse, France; and the Université René Descartes in Paris. De Veaux has won numerous teaching awards, including a “Lifetime Award for Dedication and Excellence in Teaching” from the Engineering Council at Princeton.

De Veaux has been a consultant for over 25 years for such Fortune 500 companies as Hewlett-Packard, Alcoa, American Express, Bank One, GlaxoSmithKline, Dupont, Pillsbury, Rohm and Haas, Ernst and Young, SanofiPasteur and General Electric. He holds two U.S. patents and is the author of more than 30 journal articles. He is the co-author, with Paul Velleman and David Bock, of the critically acclaimed textbooks “Intro Stats,” “Stats: Modeling the World” and “Stats: Data and Models” and with Norean Sharpe and Paul Velleman of the recently published books, “Business Statistics” and “Business
Statistics: A First Course,” all published by Pearson.

This talk is open to the public. For more information, contact Kerrie Brecheisen, math department, at (785) 864-3651 or