Athanasios Kottas

Professor, Department of Statistics
Baskin School of Engineering
University of California, Santa Cruz

Office: 523 Engineering 2 Building
Phone: 831-459-5536; E-mail:


  • Ph.D. in Statistics (2000), Department of Statistics , University of Connecticut.
  • M.Sc. in Statistics and Operations Research (1996), Department of Mathematics, University of Ioannina , Greece.
  • B.Sc. in Mathematics (1994), Department of Mathematics, University of Ioannina, Greece.


  • July 2018 -- present: Professor, Department of Statistics, UCSC.
  • July 2002 -- June 2018: Assistant Professor (2002--2008), Associate Professor (2008--2012), Professor (2012--2018),
    Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, UCSC.
  • August 2000 -- June 2002: Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences, Duke University.

    Research interests: Bayesian nonparametrics; Mixture models; Modeling and inference for point processes; Nonparametric regression; Survival analysis.
    Applications in biometrics, ecology and the environmental sciences.

    Publications and work in progress


    Sample of conference/seminar talks

    Editorial Service

  • Editor for Bayesian Analysis (since December 2018)
  • Associate Editor for Bayesian Analysis (April 2008 -- December 2018), and for Sankhya Series B (January 2016 -- December 2018)
  • Action Editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research (September 2011 -- August 2013)

    Courses on Bayesian nonparametrics

  • Tutorial on "Nonparametric Bayesian density regression: modeling methods and applications",
    Bayesian Nonparametrics Networking Workshop 2023, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, December 4, 2023.
    Tutorial notes

  • Short course on "Applied Bayesian Nonparametric Mixture Modeling", ISBA 2021 World Meeting, Virtual Conference, June 26, 2021.
    Course notes and References

  • UCSC course ``Bayesian Nonparametric Methods" (offered 10 times, starting in Spring 2004).
    Last updated December 16, 2023