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. Feb. 17, 2017Prof. Ken Seng Tan Named Sun Life Fellow in International Actuarial Science

    Sun Life Financial Asia (Sun Life Asia) and University of Waterloo have announced Professor Ken Seng Tan as the recipient of the Sun Life Fellowship in International Actuarial Science

  2. Feb. 15, 2017Hans Rosling (1948-2017) “A voice of hope and statistical clarity"

    On February 7, 2017,  Hans Rosling, Swedish statistician, academic,  and champion of global development and understanding, died after a year-long illness.

    In 2006, Hans Rosling gave a TED talk that has been called “The best stats you’ve ever seen

    This presentation rocketed Rosling to international fame as a great communicator of statistics and of data-driven decision making, especially in understanding global development.  

  3. Jan. 25, 2017Congratulations to Richard Cook, winner of the University of Waterloo Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision for 2016-17.Photo of Richard Cook

    Many enthusiastic letters of support for Prof. Cook’s nomination were received from former students. These students passionately described their experiences under his supervision and all speak to his deep commitment to the success and well-being of his students as well as academic excellence.

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  1. Mar. 16, 2017Department seminar by Ji Zhu, University of Michigan

    Estimating network edge probabilities by neighborhood smoothing

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Pengfei Li
Associate Professor

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Pengfei Li

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Research interests

Professor Li's research interests concern some areas of statistics, including finite mixture model, asymptotic theory, empirical likelihood, inference with constraints, experimental design, and smoothing technique.