Marta Catalano

I am a Harrison Early Career Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick.
Previously, I was a postdoc at the University of Torino with Pierpaolo De Blasi. I obtained my PhD in Statistics at Bocconi University, under the supervision of Antonio Lijoi and Igor Prünster.
I am also member of the “de Castro” Statistics Initiative at Collegio Carlo Alberto, of the BayesLab at Bocconi University and of the MIDAS Complex Data Modeling Research Network.
A full version of my CV may be found here.

Research Interests

  • Bayesian nonparametrics
  • Statistical optimal transport and Wasserstein distances
  • Stochastic processes and random measures

Upcoming Events

  • Invited talk at BNP13 (Puerto Varas, Oct 2022)
  • Invited talk at IISA (Bangalore, Dec 2022)


  1. A Wasserstein index of dependence for random measures.
    M. Catalano, H. Lavenant, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (under revision, pdf).


  1. Posterior asymptotics for boosted hierarchical Dirichlet process mixtures.
    M. Catalano, P. De Blasi, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (2022).
    Journal of Machine Learning Research, 23(80), 1−23 (pdf).
  2. Measuring dependence in the Wasserstein distance for Bayesian nonparametric models.
    M. Catalano, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (2021).
    The Annals of Statistics, 49 (5), 2916-2947 (pdf, YoungStatS blog).
    Winner of the ASA-SBSS 2021 Student Paper Competition
  3. Transport distances on random vectors of measures: recent advances in Bayesian nonparametrics.
    M. Catalano, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (2021).
    In Advances in Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Springer, 59-70. (link).
  4. Approximation of Bayesian models for time-to-event data.
    M. Catalano, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (2020).
    Electronic Journal of Statistics, 14, 3366-3395 (pdf).
  5. Bayesian model comparison based on Wasserstein distances.
    M. Catalano, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (2019).
    Book of Short Papers of the Italian Statistical Society, Pearson (pdf).


  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine Postdoctoral Prize, University of Warwick (2022)
  • Finalist, Savage Award 2021 ‘Theory and Methods’ (2022)
  • j-ISBA Blackwell-Rosenbluth Award (2021)
  • IMS New Researcher Travel Award (2021)
  • ASA-SBSS Student Paper Competition (2021)

Presentations & Posters


Department of Statistics, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL Coventry UK