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Aloke Dey obtained his MSc degree in Agricultural Statistics in 1966 and a PhD in 1969. After a short stint at the Department of Mathematics, UP Agricultural University, Pantnagar (1969-70) he worked at the Institute of Agricultural Research Statistics (now known as Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute) as a faculty member (1970-89). In 1989 he moved to the Delhi Centre of the Indian Statistical Institute as a Professor from where he retired in 2007. Professor Dey was an INSA Senior Scientist there till December, 2012 and is currently an NASI Senior Scientist Platinum Jubilee Fellow at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi.
Academic and Research Achievements: Professor Aloke Dey is internationally known for his significant contributions in the area of design of experiments and related combinatorics. His work encompasses such diverse areas as optimal design theory, asymmetric orthogonal arrays, fractional factorial plans and incomplete block designs for bioassays and diallel crosses and has led to a significant advancement in all these areas. Dey's work on orthogonal fractional factorial plans and related orthogonal arrays blends theoretical elegance with immediate applicability. In recent years, Dey has worked on the challenging problem of obtaining optimal fractional factorial plans when certain interactions are important and came up with an ingenious solution. Another recent work of Dey on optimal main effect plans under non-orthogonal blocking, opened up a whole new area. He is an author or coauthor of four books and published more than 120 research papers. All these have received numerous citations. He has mentored a large number of students, including fifteen PhD students. Dey has also written two important research monographs, Orthogonal Fractional Factorial Designs and Fractional Factorial Plans. He has been an Editor of Sankhya, the Indian Journal of Statistics.
Awards and Honors: He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, Netherlands and a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences,India (NASI), Allahabad.