Paul Eilers (1948) was trained, long ago, as an electronic engineer, but he has worked in a variety of fields: measurement and analysis of mechanical vibrations, aquatic ecology of the Dutch delta, environmental protection for the region around the Rotterdam harbor, medical statistics, social science and genetics and bioinformatics. The binding theme is his fascination for the statistical analysis of complex data.
His favorite subject is smoothing and he has done a lot of work in the development and application of spline-based techniques. Their use in higher dimensions demands advanced statistical computations. The development of efficient algorithms is an attractive challenge to him.
He likes to work together with statisticians and other scientists, and he has done a lot of consulting. This has resulted in over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
He has a long-time cooperation with Maria Durbán at Carlos III University, and others, on smoothing methods for large multi-dimensional data sets.