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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. May 7, 2021Tobacco control researchers receive Governor General’s Innovation Award
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    Mary Thompson (Statistics and Actuarial Science), David Hammond, (School of Public Health and Health Systems), and Geoffrey Fong (Psychology), were jointly awarded a 2021 Governor General’s Innovation Award for the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Project.

    The ITC Project is headed by Fong and conducts research into effective tobacco control policies such as graphic health warnings, smoke free laws, advertising bans and tobacco taxes. The Award celebrates excellence in innovation that makes a positive impact on quality of life in Canada.

    Read the whole story on Waterloo News.

  2. May 6, 2021Prioritizing experience

    When Sacha Tihanyi was halfway through an undergraduate economics degree, he recognized a budding passion for mathematics. “I had many broad interests in school, but something flipped for me during that program,” he remembered. “I chose Waterloo because it had a reputation as the best mathematics school in Canada.”

  3. Apr. 28, 2021Changbao Wu Named Fellow of IMS
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    Changbao Wu, Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at University of Waterloo, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).

    Dr. Wu is honored with the fellowship for his “important and original research contributions to survey sampling theory and official statistics, especially for the development of model-calibration theory and techniques, empirical likelihood methods for complex surveys, and robust inferential procedures for analyzing non-probability samples”.

    Founded in 1935, the IMS is one of the world’s premier societies in statistics and probability. Each Fellow nominee is assessed by a committee of their peers and the election is based on “demonstrated distinction in research in statistics or probability, by publication of independent work of merit”. This qualification may be partly or wholly waived in the case of either a candidate of well-established leadership whose contribution to the field of statistics or probability other than original research shall be judged of equal value; or a candidate of well-established leadership in the application of statistics or probability, whose work has contributed greatly to the utility of and the appreciation of these areas.

    The list of the 2021 class of IMS Fellows can be found at the IMS website.

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  1. 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​​​​​​​

  2. Sep. 10, 2021Department seminar by Catherine Donnelly

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics seminar series

    Catherine Donnelly
    Heriot-Watt University

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    TBA

  3. Sep. 24, 2021Department seminar by Christian-Yann Robert

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics seminar series

    Christian-Yann Robert
    École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique Paris (ENSAE)

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    TBA

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Meet our people

Pengfei Li

Pengfei Li

Professor

Contact Information:
Pengfei Li

Pengfei Li's personal website

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.