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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Glen McGee as an Assistant Professor

Glen McGee

Glen McGee holds a PhD in biostatistics from Harvard University. He is interested in developing statistical tools to solve problems in epidemiology, environmental health, and health policy. Currently, Glen is working on Bayesian frameworks for modelling multi-pollutant mixtures, corrections for informative presence in electronic health records, and designs for multigenerational studies.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Matthias Schonlau elected fellow of the American Statistical Association

Matthias Schonlau

Professor Matthias Schonlau of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). His citation reads: "For notable contributions to survey methodology in both industry and academia, for serving as a connector between statistics and the social sciences via accessible publications, education, and software, and for service to the profession."

The designation of ASA Fellow has been a significant honor for nearly 100 years. Under ASA bylaws, the Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of one percent of the total association membership as fellows each year.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Marius Hofert awarded NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Marius Hofert

Associate Professor Marius Hofert was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Accelerator Supplement for his suggested new work on copula modeling with generative neural networks.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Pengfei Li wins 2020 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award

Pengfei Li

Statistics and Actuarial Science Professor Pengfei Li has received a 2020 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Lucy Gao as an Assistant Professor

Lucy Gao

Lucy Gao holds a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington. Her research is working in the areas of statistical machine learning, applied optimization, and experiment design. She is interested in tackling problems in complex data settings, such as multi-view data, network data, compositional data, and spatial data.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Congratulations to Outstanding Performance Award recipients

Icon of a trophy with a star on it

Congratulations to the researchers in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science who have been awarded a 2019 Outstanding Performance Award announced by Vice-President, Academic and Provost Jim Rush.

Friday, June 12, 2020

No assumptions when tackling problems

Maysum Panju

While a high school student in Toronto, Maysum Panju knew that the University of Waterloo was the destination for math. While working on his undergraduate degree and Master’s in computational math, he started learning about machine learning. That led to his interests in developing algorithms and theoretical proofs and he decided to start his PhD in statistics.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dylan Spicker, winner at the SSC 2020 Case Studies in Data Analysis Competition

Winner Dylan Spicker and teammate Melissa Van Bussel

Congratulations to Dylan Spicker (University of Waterloo) and team member Melissa Van Bussel (Carleton University) in their first place finish for their work on Case Study #2: Predicting podcast popularity in iTunes at the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) 2020 Case Studies in Data Analysis Competition. Dylan is currently a SAS PhD student studying in the field of Statistics.  

To learn more about this competition, please visit the SSC competition website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Shixiao Zhang winner of the SSC 2020 Pierre Robillard Award

Shixiao Zhang

Shixiao Zhang is this year’s winner of the Pierre Robillard Award of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) which recognizes the best PhD thesis in probability or statistics defended at a Canadian university in a given year. His thesis, entitled “Multiply Robust Empirical Likelihood Inference for Missing Data and Causal Inference Problems," was written while Shixiao was a doctoral student in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Peisong Han and Dr. Changbao Wu.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Charmaine Dean Named IMS Fellow

Charmaine Dean
Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, Research and Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).  Dr. Dean received the award for her scientifically important contributions to the analysis of count data, disease mapping, spatio-temporal data and more; for her outstanding leadership to the statistical profession, her record of mentorship and for her enormous work in keeping statistics visible at the center of science.
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