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Welcome to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is a top tier academic unit among statistical and actuarial science globally. Our students and faculty explore topics such as Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Data Science, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, & Statistics-Computing. Our department is home to:

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full-time faculty researching diverse and exciting areas

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undergraduate students from around the world

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 graduate students in Master, Doctoral, and professional programs

Interested in graduate studies with Statistics and Actuarial Science? Meet Mingyu (Bruce) Feng, a PhD student in actuarial science. Bruce is a pioneer researcher in the field of sustainable investment and the impact of climate change. Learn more about furthering your education on the Future Graduate page on the Math site.

  1. June 23, 2021Professor Jun Cai wins the prestigious Bob Alting von Geusau Prize
    Jun Cai (Statistics and Actuarial Science, Waterloo) and his co-author Tiantian Mao (currently at University of Science and Tech


    Professor Jun Cai (Statistics and Actuarial Science, Waterloo) and his co-author Dr. Tiantian Mao (former postdoc in Statistics and Actuarial Science,  Waterloo, currently Associate Professor at the University of Science and Technology of China) have been awarded the International Actuarial Association’s Bob Alting von Geusau Prize for 2020 for their paper titled "Risk Measures Derived From a Regulator’s Perspective on the Regulatory Capital Requirements for Insurers" published in ASTIN Bulletin. 

    The paper proposes new risk measures from a regulator’s perspective on the regulatory capital requirements. The new risk measures not only generalize the existing, well-known risk measures in the literature, including the Dutch, Tail Value-at-Risk (TVaR), and expectile measures, but also provide new approaches to generate feasible and practical coherent risk measures. These new risk measures emphasize the control of downside risks and are particularly useful for agents who face serious downside risks. 

    The Bob Alting von Geusau Prize, sponsored by the Actuarial Approach for Financial Risks (AFIR-ERM) Section of the International Actuarial Association(IAA), is presented annually for the best article published in ASTIN Bulletin with a Financial Risk or Enterprise Risk Management focus. The prize comes with 5,000 Canadian Dollars and an invitation to present the paper at the AFIR-ERM colloquium next year.

    To learn more about the Bob Alting von Geusau Prize or the AFIR-ERM, visit the IAA website.

  2. June 8, 2021Mary Thompson, SSC Honorary Member 2021
    Mary Thompson

    Mary E. Thompson, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Statistics at the University of Waterloo, has been named an Honorary Member of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). This award is intended to honor an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the development of the statistical sciences in Canada and whose work has had a major impact in this country.

    To learn more about Mary's achievement, please see the full award annoucement on the SSC website.

  3. June 2, 2021Congratulations Junhan Fang, winner of the 2021 Pierre Robillard Award!
    Junhan Fang

    The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science would like to congratulate Junhan Fang as 2021 Pierre Robillard Award winner for her thesis "Matrix-Variate Regression with Measurement Error".  This achievement is awarded by the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) each year to the probility or statistics PhD student who best defended their thesis at a Canadian University in a given year. 

    To learn more about Junhan's thesis, please see the full award annoucement on the SSC website.

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  1. June 30, 2021Department Seminar by Dylan Spicker

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student seminar series

    Dylan Spicker
    University of Waterloo  

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams

    My Personal Vendetta Against George Dantzig

  2. July 7, 2021Department Seminar by Nam-Hwui Kim

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student seminar series

    Nam-Hwui Kim
    University of Waterloo  

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams

    TBA

  3. July 15, 2021Department Seminar by Ashok Chaurasia

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Statistics & Biostatistics seminar series

    Ashok Chaurasia
    University of Waterloo

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    Combining rules for F- and Beta-statistics from multiply-imputed data​​​​​​​

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Meet our people

Ali Ghodsi

Ali Ghodsi

Professor

Contact Information:
Ali Ghodsi

Ali Ghodsi's personal website

Research interests

Professor Ghodsi's research interests lie at the interface of statistics and computer science. They span a variety of areas in computational statistics particularly in the areas of machine learning and probabilistic modelling.