Friday, August 23, 2019

Speed identified as the best predictor of car crashes

Speedometer

Speeding is the riskiest kind of aggressive driving, according to a unique analysis of data from on-board devices in vehicles.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo examined data from 28 million trips for possible links between four bad driving behaviours – speeding, hard braking, hard acceleration and hard cornering – and the likelihood of crashes.

Read the full article on the Math News site.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Congratulations Mario Ghossoub and Mirabelle Huynh, for earning their designation of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries

Mario Ghossoub and Mirbelle Hyunh

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science would like to highlight the recent achievements of two of its department members, Mario Ghossoub and Mirabelle Huynh, for earning their designation of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Congratulations to the two of them for this extraordinary achievement!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Waterloo READI-ly helping Indonesia meet its actuarial needs

Actuarial Students in Indonesia

The University of Waterloo, which is among the top universities in the world for actuarial science and number one in co-operative learning, has combined these two things to help build a stronger insurance and pension industry in Indonesia.

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Aukosh Jagannath as of July 1, 2019.

Aukosh Jagannath

Aukosh Jagannath holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University from 2016. Since then he has been an NSF mathematical sciences postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and Harvard University as well as a Benjamin Pierce Fellow at Harvard University. His research interests are in probability and analysis and their applications to statistical physics, combinatorial optimization, the mathematics of data science, and high-dimensional statistics. Aukosh will help develop a stronger theoretical foundation for data science and expand our links with other departments and faculties at Waterloo.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Congratulations Diana Skrzydlo, most recent recipient of the Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching

Diana Skrzydlo

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is extremely proud to announce that Diana Skryzdlo has been granted the Distinction in Teaching award. Diana's, enthusiasm in the classroom and dedication to her students earned her a top spot for this award.  

The Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching is granted to teachers in the Faculty of Mathematics who have consistently demonstrated outstanding pedagogical skills and a deep commitment to our students’ education. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Fangda Liu as of June 1, 2019.

Fangda Liu

Fangda Liu holds a PhD in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo from 2015. She was then an assistant professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics for 3 years, and joins us from an assistant professor position in the College of Business at Georgia State University. Her research interests include reinsurance/insurance, risk measures, risk sharing and market equilibria. Her work provides a good balance of theory and applications and she will strengthen the actuarial science group within our department.

Friday, July 19, 2019

READI set to produce 745 graduates in actuarial science to help insure a sinking Jakarta

Actuarial Students in Indonesia

The University of Waterloo and the Risk Managment, Economic Sustainability, and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia (READI) are planning to graduate 745 actuarial science students in Indonesia by 2021.  These students will hopefully improve the already growing insurance industry in Indonesia by adding a fresh perspective on changing risk mitigation in a world of unpredictable risks. 

This cohert of students could not come at a better time. Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, is currently sinking at an alarming rate as rising sea levels are threating the city, while many of it's inhabitants are uninsured.   

Read the full story on WIRED's website.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

READI project gets set to go on co-op education in Indonesia

Representatives from Indonesia's education ministry, Global Affairs Canada and the READI project


The Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science (READI) Project has helped launch a government initiative launched in April that regulates the implementation of co-operative education in Indonesia.

This initiative is part of the work that READI, housed in Waterloo’s Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, has been undertaking in Indonesia.

Read the full article on the Daily Bulletin

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Congratulations Chao Qi (George) Li, winner of the 2019 Samuel Eckler Medal in Actuarial Science

Eckler Winner - Chao Qi (George) Li

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to announce Chao Qi (George) Li as the winner of the Samuel Eckler Medal in Actuarial Science.

Award description: 

This prize was established to recognize the contribution of Samuel Eckler to the actuarial profession and is provided by Eckler Partners. The medal, which is cast in gold, is awarded each year to the outstanding graduating student in Honours Actuarial Science.

"In addition to his outstanding performance in actuarial science, George demonstrated great potential in statistics, his performance in my upper year biostatistics course was phenomenal!"

LEILEI Zeng, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Congratulations Mirabelle Huynh & Wayne Oldford, winners of the annual Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science Teaching Award!

Mirabelle and Wayne smiling


The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Teaching Award goes to Mirabelle Huynh and Wayne Oldford!

"Thank you for your commitment to and excellence in teaching"

Stefan Steiner, Chair, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

 

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