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Friday, October 19, 2018

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

DEADLINE for Winter 2018 is October 19, 2018

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.  The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has 6 awards available for Winter 2019 term.

This award allows you to conduct research in a university environment full time for a term. The goal is to stimulate your interest in research and to encourage students to enroll in graduate studies in Statistics and Actuarial Sciences.  If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, this award provides you with financial support.

Continue reading on the USRA page

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The perceptions of retirement could have negative impacts

Professors Mary Hardy and David Saunders

Not only do Canadians nearing retirement or already retired expect to work longer, but a majority of them believe they’ll have low liquid retirement assets.

PhD candidate Saisai Zhang and professors Mary Hardy and David Saunders conducted the 2016 Ontario Retirement Survey (ORS). The report examines the retirement concerns and risk preferences of 1,000 randomly selected Ontario pre-retirees and retirees aged 50 to 80.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The University of Waterloo Received a Center for Actuarial Excellence Research Grant from the Society of Actuaries

The University of Waterloo won the 2017 Centers of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) grant competition!

The Society of Actuaries has awarded the University of Waterloo a research grant of USD $297,000 on a 3-year project entitled “Maintaining Financial Stability in an Era of Changing Climate and Demographics”. This project is intended to develop models and pricing methods, and to create new risk measures and risk management solutions, pertaining to changes with the climate and demographics. Professor Johnny Li is this project’s principal investigator.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) grants Professor Schonlau with the Distinguished Alumni Award

Professor Matthias Schonlau

Dr. Matthias Schonlau is the 2018 winner of the NISS Distinguished Alumni Award. The National Institute of Statistical Sciences is the US-based National Institute of Statistical Sciences.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

$3.7M in funding for AI and medical imaging project

Members of KIMIA working around a computet
Source: Daily Bulletin.

The University of Waterloo's Laboratory for Knowledge Inference in Medical Image Analysis (Kimia Lab) announced in May 2018 that its AI project for digital pathology has been awarded a grant by the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program (ORF-RE). The project aims to develop an intelligent search engine for digital pathology that can retrieve relevant cases from large archives, auto-caption the images, and facilitate consensus building.

The Ontario government will fund the 5-year project with a grant in amount of $3.2M. Huron Digital Pathology, as the industrial partner of Kimia Lab, will contribute $500k to the project. The company is the only Canadian manufacturer of digital scanners for pathology. Four professors from the University of Waterloo (Mark Crowley, Ali Ghodsi, Oleg Mikhailovich, and Hamid Tizhoosh), together with the machine learning group at the University of Guelph led by professor Graham Taylor (Vector Institute), and professor Shahryar Rahnamayan (UOIT) will collaborate with three hospitals to design and test an advanced search engine for large pathology archives. Grand River Hospital (Kitchener, ON), Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket, ON) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (PA, USA) will not only provide data but also validate the results of the project.

Continue reading on the Daily Bulletin

Monday, July 16, 2018

Congratulations Professor Ruodu Wang, recipient of the NSERC DAS award!

Ruodu Wang

Professor Ruodu Wang received a $120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for a proposal titled “Model Uncertainty and Robustness in Risk Management.”

Monday, July 16, 2018

Nursing notes can help indicate whether ICU patients will survive

Nurse writing up her notes

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that sentiments in the nursing notes of health care providers are good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive. 

Hospitals typically use severity of illness scores to predict the 30-day survival of ICU patients. These scores include lab results, vital signs, and physiological and demographic characteristics gathered within 24 hours of admission. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Samuel Wong as of July 1st 2018.

Samuel Wong

Samuel Wong (PhD 2013, Harvard University) joins our department from the University of Florida where he was an Assistant Professor.  Samuel's research focuses on developing analytical methods to tackle data-driven problems arising in scientific domains. Currently, his main applications of interest are protein structure prediction, learning dynamic systems in biology, and quality assessment of forest products. Statistical areas featured in his work include Bayesian modeling, Monte Carlo methods, and approximate inference strategies. With his data science focus, Samuel is keen on solving problems arising through collaboration, where both principled methodology and large-scale computation are needed.  To learn more about Samuel's research, please visit his website.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Analyzing the meta data of Hillary Clinton’s emails

Data visualization of Hilary Clinton emails sent/received times as provided by Wikileaks

Throughout the 2016 US presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s private email server was a hot topic. A University of Waterloo professor and senior undergraduate student have now built a tool to analyze the contents of the server.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Honorary 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
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