Obtained Ph.D. (1981) and Dr. Sci. (1990) degrees from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia.
From 1982 to 1993 Dr. Tartakovsky was first a Senior Research Scientist and then a Department Head at the A.L. Mints Institute of Radio Technology (Moscow, Russian Academy of Sciences) as well as Professor at FizTech. From 1993 to 1996 he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Mathematics). From 1997 to 2013 Dr. Tartakovsky was Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and the Associate Director of the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. From 2013 to 2015 he was Professor at the Department of Statistics, UConn, Storrs. From 2006 to 2015 he was also a Vice President of the small business company in Los Angeles, California, providing statistical consulting and developing algorithms and software for a number of companies and federal agencies in the US.
Visiting Professor at the Laboratoire de Mathematiques Raphael Salem, Universite de Rouen, France (summer 2012 and 2017); Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (fall 2008); Department of Statistics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (fall 2005); Department of Mathematics, Statistics Division, University of California, Los Angeles (1994-1996); Department of Statistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (summer 1994); School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles (1993-1994).
He has a strong track record of collaboration with industry partners (Qualcomm, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Adsantec, Torrey Pines Logic, Toyon Research Corporation, etc.) as well as with government labs (e.g., the U.S. DOE’s Oak Ridge National Lab and SPAWAR Systems Center). Many of his projects are multi-disciplinary in nature and include either direct or indirect collaboration with companies and labs. In 1997-2013, while working at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA (one of two largest universities and the oldest private university in Los Angeles) Dr. Tartakovsky was an Associate Director of the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences, which incorporated over 30 faculty members and researchers from various university departments (department of mathematics, school of engineering, medical school, etc.) and industry, as well as a Project Director managing multiple research projects in the center. As a part of this scientific center, he organized and led a laboratory. Graduates and former post-docs from this lab continue successfully working in academia, in leading North American and European universities, in the industry, or started their own high-tech related companies. Over the years, Dr. Tartakovsky raised substantial funds from various US government agencies, industry and companies. He served as a Principal Investigator for many grants and projects supported by the US government and private businesses. These projects included large multi-university multi-disciplinary and multi-year (over 5-6 years each) research. In order to lead and successfully complete such projects, Dr. Tartakovsky organized and managed diverse multi-national teams that involved top level internationally renowned experts in various fields (applied mathematicians, statisticians, physicists, medical doctors, engineers, computer scientists) as well as post-docs and graduate students.
He was the organizer and co-organizer of many international conferences and workshops, including International Workshops in Sequential Methodologies, Symposium on Stochastic Control and Nonlinear Filtering, International Conferences on Information Fusion, Conference on Markov and Semi-Markov Processes and Related Fields, etc. He is the Associate Editor of Sequential Analysis Journal and was Associate Editor of Statistical Methodology and Associate Editor of the Journal of Advances in Information Fusion. He is a reviewer for over than 20 leading journals, including Annals of Statistics, Annals of Applied Probability, Annals of Applied Statistics, Bernoulli, Biometrika, Theory of Probability and its Applications, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Journal of Computer Security, Journal of Statistical Planning, Journal of Quantitative Finance, SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing, etc.
Research interests include theoretical and applied statistics; applied probability; sequential analysis; quickest changepoint detection in processes and systems; sequential hypothesis testing; nonlinear filtering for spatiotemporal Markov models; decision-making theory; and statistical modeling of complex stochastic systems.
In addition, he is interested in a variety of applications, which require novel statistical methods and multidisciplinary approaches, including: (1) statistical image and signal processing; (2) video tracking; (3) detection and tracking of targets in radar and infrared search and track systems; (4) information integration/fusion; (5) intrusion detection and network security; and (6) detection and tracking of malicious activity. Since most of these applications, including aerospace applications in the first place, require processing of massive/big data, Tartakovsky’s current research focuses on the development of efficient decision-making methods and algorithms for analysis of Big Data.
In particular, he is developing novel methods and technologies for detection of anomalies in very high-dimensional multicomponent systems. These methods include nearly optimal sequential hypothesis tests and changepoint detection algorithms in multicomponent systems when the number of affected components is a priori unknown. These methods allow for minimal detection delay (decision-making) and very low false alarm and misidentification rates, which is a very difficult problem for analysis of Big Data.