Welcome to Statistics and Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is a top-tier academic unit among statistical and actuarial science globally. Our community is engaged in topics such as actuarial science, biostatistics, data science, quantitative finance, statistics, & statistics-computing. Our department is home to more than 60 full-time faculty researching diverse and exciting areas, over 1000 undergraduate students from around the world, and more than 175 graduate students in master, doctoral, and professional programs.


Congratulations to Cecilia Cotton and Jordan Hamilton, recipients of the 2024 Distinguished Teacher Awards from Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence. Since 1975, the award has been given annually to four exemplary instructors from across the university who have a “record of excellent teaching over an extended period at Waterloo, usually at least five years.”

Read the full article on the Faculty of Mathematics website.

Qiuqi Wang

The Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) citation reads: "The Pierre Robillard Award is awarded annually by the SSC to recognize the best Ph.D. thesis in probability or statistics defended at a Canadian university during the previous year.

Qiuqi Wang is the 2024 winner of the Pierre Robillard Award of the Statistical Society of Canada. Qiuqi’s thesis, entitled "Characterizing, optimizing and backtesting metrics of risk", was written while he was a doctoral student at the University of Waterloo working under the supervision of Ruodu Wang."

Read the full article on the SSC website.

Two professors from the Faculty of Mathematics have been named NSERC Canada Research Chairs. Ruodu Wang, professor of actuarial science and quantitative finance, has been named a Tier 1 NSERC CRC in Quantitative Risk Management, and Aukosh Jagannath, assistant professor of statistics and actuarial science, has been named a Tier 2 NSERC CRC in Mathematical Foundations of Data Science.

Continue reading on the Faculty of Math website.


Monday, June 17, 2024 9:00 am - Thursday, June 20, 2024 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Joint Research Conference on Statistics in Quality, Industry, and Technology

The 2024 Joint Research Conference on Statistics in Quality, Industry and Technology will be held in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from June 17-20, 2024 at the University of Waterloo. This is a joint meeting of the 29th Spring Research Conference on Statistics in Industry and Technology and the 40th Quality and Productivity Research Conference. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Statistical Association Section on Quality and Productivity, the American Statistical Association Section on Physical & Engineering Sciences, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Organization of this conference is also in partnership with Virginia Tech.

The goal of this conference is to stimulate interdisciplinary research and innovative solutions to practical problems though interactions among statisticians, data scientists, quality professionals, engineers, students, and others from diverse fields. The theme of this year’s conference is, Data Science and Statistics for Industrial Innovation.The technical program will focus on statistical methodology and creative problem solving to address scientific, industrial, and business challenges, drawing upon advances from the fields of statistics, machine learning, and data science.

Organization of the conference is underway. This website will be expanded with additional details as they arise. To contact the conference team with questions, please email Nathaniel Stevens at nstevens@uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, July 5, 2024 - Saturday, July 6, 2024 (all day)

Risk & Ruin: A Celebration of Gord Willmot's Contributions to Actuarial Research

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is delighted to announce that it is hosting a conference to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Gord Willmot to the field of Actuarial Science. An exciting program of speakers has been lined up to celebrate Gord’s upcoming retirement. The 1.5-day conference will feature talks by leading researchers including collaborators, friends and former students of Gord to celebrate this important milestone for the Department.

A banquet will be held on the evening of July 5th.

Conference website.