Welcome to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is among the top academic units for statistical and actuarial science in the world and is home to more than 40 research active full-time faculty working in diverse and exciting areas. The Department is also home to over 900 undergraduate students and about 150 graduate students in programs including Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, and Statistics-Computing.

We are located on University of Waterloo main campus, which is located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle about 100 kilometers west of Toronto.

  1. June 20, 2018Honorary Degree recipient Robert Tibshirani

    The text from Prof. Robert Tibshirani's honorary degree speech is no available online. Please follow the link below to read his speech.

    Honorary degree speech by Robert Tibshirani.

    Please join us as the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science hosts a Q & A session with honorary degree recipient Robert Tibshirani.  This event will be taking place on Friday June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in M3 3127.  Refreshments will be provided.

    At 2:30 p.m. Robert Tibshirani, a Waterloo alumnus and among the top statisticians today, will receive an honorary Doctor of Mathematics and address convocation. His work has shaped the future directions of theoretical and applied statistics. He is a full professor at Stanford University, where he holds appointments in the Department of Biomedical Data Sciences and Statistics.

    Source & continued reading : Waterloo News
  2. June 19, 2018Bench Dedication Ceremony in honor of Dr. GodambeGodambe Benches

    Source: Samantha Mahoney - Math Advancement

    On June 1, 2018 the Faculty of Mathematics held a Bench Dedication Ceremony in honor of Dr. Vidyadhar Prabakhar (V.P.) Godambe in the Mathematics 3 (M3) Atrium. The afternoon was a beautiful one, filled with memories, stories, paintings, photos, and of course, the official presentation of the Godambe benches.

    Memorials such as this are important because they act as historical touchstones. They are a source of inspiration and information for young people, and offer an insight into the history of an area.  The one unveiled that day, adjacent the to the Statistics and Actuarial Science building is a quiet place just off the beaten path. It is the ideal commemoration of Dr. Godambe, and his great impact for the Department.

  3. June 14, 2018Recognizing Excellence SeriesRecognize Excellence Banner

    The Faculty of Mathematics is exceptionally proud of our alumni for their outstanding accomplishments, innovation, and achievements within their research, communities, and professions.

    Join us for an afternoon of discussions presented by Alex Nicolaou, 2018 J.W. Graham Medal recipient and Rob Tibshirani and Anand Pillay, 2018 Honorary Doctorate recipients.

    To register for this event, please visit the Recognizing Excellence Series event page.

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  1. June 25, 2018David Sprott Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Pauline Barrieu, London School of Economics and Political SciencePauline Barrieu

    Assessing financial model risk

    Model risk has a huge impact on any financial or insurance risk measurement procedure and its quantification is therefore a crucial step. In this talk, we introduce three quantitative measures of model risk when choosing a particular reference model within a given class: the absolute measure of model risk, the relative measure of model risk and the local measure of model risk. Each of the measures has a specific purpose and so allows for flexibility. We illustrate the various notions by studying some relevant examples, so as to emphasize the practicability and tractability of our approach.

  2. July 3, 2018Department seminar by Shui Feng, McMaster University

    Dirichlet Process and Poisson-Dirichlet Distribution

    Dirichlet process and Poisson-Dirichlet distribution are closely related random measures that arise in a wide range of subjects. The talk will focus on their constructions and asymptotic behaviour in different regimes including the law of large numbers, the fluctuation theorems, and large deviations.

  3. July 19, 2018Department seminar by Geneviève Gauthier, HEC Montreal

    Extracting Latent States from High Frequency Option Prices

    We propose the realized option variance as a new observable variable to integrate high frequency option prices in the inference of option pricing models. Using simulation and empirical studies, this paper documents the incremental information offered by this realized measure. Our empirical results show that the information contained in the realized option variance improves the inference of model variables such as the instantaneous variance and variance jumps of the S&P 500 index. Parameter estimates indicate that the risk premium breakdown between jump and diffusive risks is affected by the omission of this information.

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Mary Hardy

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Research interests

Professor Hardy's research interests cover aspects of solvency and risk management for both life insurance and pension plans. The major recent focus has been in financial risk management, at the interface of actuarial science and financial engineering. She also works on the econometrics of risk management, especially for actuaries, for whom long-term horizons and deep out-of-the-money risks provide different challenges to the usual risks of banking.