Anthea Monod

Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Technion – Israel Insitute of Technology
32000 Haifa
Probability and Stochastic Processes at the Technion

I worked with Prof. Robert Adler as an EC senior researcher at the Technion in Israel. As of August 2014, I am a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University, and a research fellow at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI).

I earned my Ph.D. in the summer of 2012 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL) under the supervision of Prof. Stephan Morgenthaler.

My dissertation focuses on spatial and time series analysis, generalized linear models, and spatial point processes and algorithms for their simulation. Although I am still interested in these topics, I am currently broadening my horizons to probability and stochastic processes, and applied and random topology. More specifically, I am studying manifold learning problems on topological spaces induced by random fields and complexes. I am interested in the probabilistic characterization and distributional properties of barcodes, which summarize the topological structure that occurs in random manifolds, and are formed from the superlevel sets defined by Morse filtrations. The study of barcodes is based upon the study of the persistent homology of the manifold. More recently, I have also become interested in problems in computational biology and the application of topological data analysis towards solving such problems. In particular, I am interested in the construction of genomic and metagenomic networks and their study, by exploring the topological characteristics of these networks; the driving interest is modeling variation within and between genomic and metagenomic networks.

My research is part of the multinational and interdisciplinary TOPOSYS: Topological Complex Systems project, and is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (EU-FP7).

Research Interests

Publications, Academic Service & Scientific Societal Affiliation

  1. Monod, A., Mukherjee, S. Topological Data Analysis: A Statistical Survey. In preparation.
  2. Adler, R. J., Bartz, K., Kou, S. C., Monod, A. Estimating Thresholding Levels for Random Fields via Euler Characteristics. Submitted.
  3. Monod, A. Random Effects Modeling and the Zero-Inflated Poisson Distribution. Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods 43(4) (2014), 664–680.
    Invited Contribution to the Special Issue on New Boundaries in Statistical Methods and Models.
    Accompanying Fortran 90 code used in numerical experiments and simulation studies.
  4. Monod, A. Modeling Count Panel Data with a Zero-Inflated Poisson Model. Quaderni di Statistica 14 (2012), 173–176.
  5. Monod, A. Generalized Estimating Equations for Zero-Inflated Spatial Count Data. Proceedings of the 2011 European Regional Conference of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES): Spatial Data Methods for Environmental and Ecological Processes, 2nd Edition, ISSN: 2037-7738 (2011), 104–107.
  6. Monod, A. Generalized Estimating Equations for Zero-Inflated Spatial Count Data. Procedia Environmental Sciences 7 (2011), 281–286.


I am teaching STAT 30: Statistics & Quantitative Literacy during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semester at Duke.

Talks, Conferences & Academic Visits

  1. University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Discrete, Computational, and Algebraic Topology. 10-14 November 2014.
  2. University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA. Statistics Colloquium. 30 October 2014.
  3. University of California, Berkeley, USA. Satellite Meeting of NetSci 2014, TOPONETS14: Topology & Networks. 2 June 2014.
  4. Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), Vancouver, Canada.
    Algebraic Topology: Methods, Computation, and Science 6 (ATMCS6). 26-30 May 2014.
  5. Aalborg University, Denmark. Mathematics Seminar. 26 March 2014.
  6. University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Statistics Seminar. 20 March 2014.
  7. Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
    Workshop: Algebraic Topology in Dynamics, Differential Equations, and Experimental Data. 10-14 February 2014.
  8. Duke University, Durham, USA. Statistics Seminar. 4 February 2014.
  9. Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA.
    2013-2014 Program on Low-Dimensional Structure in High-Dimensional Systems: Topological Data Analysis. 3-7 February 2014.
  10. Duke University, Durham, USA. Academic Visit. 20-31 January 2014.
  11. Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. Probability Seminar. 31 December 2013.
  12. Biomedical Research Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Baltimore, USA. Statistics Seminar. 26 November 2013.
  13. Texas A&M University, College Station, USA. Statistics Seminar. 8 November 2013.
  14. University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Statistics Colloquium. 6 November 2013.
  15. Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
    Academic Visit: IMA Annual Thematic Program on Scientific and Engineering Applications of Algebraic Topology. 1 October-30 November 2013.
    Workshop: Topological Data Analysis. 7-11 October 2013.
    Workshop: Modern Applications of Homology and Cohomology. 28 October-1 November 2013.
  16. Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. TOPOSYS: Topological Complex Systems Group Meeting. 12-13 August 2013.
  17. University of Palermo, Italy. 28th International Workshop on Statistical Modeling. 8-12 July 2013.
  18. Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Geometry and Topology Seminar. 20 June 2013.
  19. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Statistics Seminar. 17 June 2013.
  20. University of Bologna, Italy. 7th International Workshop on Simulation. 21-25 May 2013.
  21. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. Statistics Seminar. 17 May 2013.
  22. University of Haifa, Israel. Statistics Seminar. 10 April 2013.
  23. Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Discrete Structures and Related Methods from Stochastic Analysis. 4-8 March 2013.
  24. Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Academic Visit. 14-18 January 2013.
  25. Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Statistics Seminar. 4 November 2012.
  26. University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Methods and Models for Latent Variables. 17-19 May 2012.
  27. Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Academic Visit. 1-4 November 2011.
  28. University of Foggia, Italy. Spatial2: Spatial Data Methods for Environmental and Ecological Processes. 1-2 September 2011.
  29. University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. 1st Conference on Spatial Statistics: Mapping Global Change. 23-25 March 2011.
  30. University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain. Advances and Challenges in Space-Time Modeling of Natural Events. 17-21 March 2010.
  31. University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. Mathematics Seminar. 19 May 2009.
  32. University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Statistics Seminar. 5 May 2009.
  33. University of Sassari, Italy. International Workshop on Spatio-Temporal Modeling (METMA4). 24-26 September 2008.
  34. University of Coimbra, Portugal. Workshop on Nonparametric Inference. 26-28 June 2008.


I am a native speaker of English, and fluent (able to teach) in French and Italian. I am proficient in Vietnamese and Indonesian, and can get by in Hebrew and German.
In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors; I love hiking with my dog, Suki. And I think giving blood is a good thing.

This background picture was taken in January 2011, during a dive of the Silfra rift, a stretch of the divergent tectonic boundary between the North American and Eurasian plates, located in the Þingvallavatn Lake in the Þingvellir National Park in Iceland. The water comes from the Lángjökull glacier and takes 50 to 100 years to reach the lake, passing through a lava field which filters it and makes it drinkable while diving; its temperature was 1°C during this dive. Visibility reaches end-of-sight at 150 to 300 meters. It is one of the most fantastic dives I have ever experienced.

Last updated: 2 October 2014