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Mathematics graduate students receive Huawei Prizes for groundbreaking research efforts

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Faculty of Mathematics celebrates the outstanding achievements of Yinan Li and Yilin Chen, the two recipients of the 2020 Huawei Prize for Best Research Paper by a Mathematics Graduate Student. Both students published research papers that advance their field of study with an innovative approach to a complex problem.

Yinan Li (Applied Mathematics) received a Huawei Prize for successfully developing a novel algorithmic approach to designing controllers for cyber-physical systems in her paper, Robustly Complete Synthesis of Memoryless Controllers for Nonlinear Systems with Reach-and-Stay Specifications. Li currently partners with Clearpath Robotics to apply her research to the control of unmanned ground vehicles in a project funded by a NSERC Engage grant.

Yilin Chen (Statistics and Actuarial Science) also received a Huawei Prize. She entered unchartered territory in becoming the first researcher to propose a statistical framework for analyzing non-probability survey samples in her paper, Doubly Robust Inference with Nonprobability Survey Samples. In response to the need for a reliable tool to evaluate these samples in the era of big data, Chen developed a framework that overcomes bias through introducing additional information from probability survey samples. 

The prize is the result of a partnership between the University of Waterloo and Huawei to advance world-class research and innovation. Every year, each department or school within the Faculty of Mathematics can submit at most one nominee to receive the $4,000 prize for excellence in research through a peer-reviewed paper.

We take great pride in the accomplishments of these researchers and wish them success in their future endeavours.

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