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 the Bocconi Institute for Data Science and Analytics (BIDSA) 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



  1. A Wasserstein index of dependence for random measures.
    M. Catalano, H. Lavenant, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (submitted, pdf).
  2. Posterior asymptotics for boosted hierarchical Dirichlet process mixtures.
    M. Catalano, P. De Blasi, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (under revision).


  1. Measuring dependence in the Wasserstein distance for Bayesian nonparametric models.
    M. Catalano, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (2021).
    The Annals of Statistics, forthcoming (pdf).
    Winner of the ASA-SBSS 2021 Student Paper Competition
  2. Transport distances on random vectors of measures: recent advances in Bayesian nonparametrics.
    M. Catalano, A. Lijoi and I. Prünster (2020).
    Special Volume of the XV CLAPEM, Birkhäuser, forthcoming.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).


  • 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