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News archive - 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Pengyu Wei as of October 1, 2019.

Pengyu Wei

Pengyu Wei holds a PhD in Mathematics from Oxford University from 2018. He is joining us from a senior research associate position at the University of New South Wales Business School. His research interests include quantitative finance, risk management and actuarial science. Given his research expertise at the interface between mathematical finance and actuarial science, Pengyu will create stronger linkages between existing faculty members in these two important areas.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Congratulations to Richard J Cook for being awarded the Math Faculty Research Chair position

Richard J Cook

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science would like to congratulate Professor Richard J Cook for being awarded the five-year Faculty of Mathematics Research Chair position in recognition of his outstanding research contributions. The Faculty of Mathematics recognizes Richard's exceptional scholarly achievements and pre-eminence in the field of Statistics. Richard will receive a $250,000 research grant and a teaching reduction of one course per year.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tony Wirjanto appointed as the Curator in Insurance and Asset Management for the World Economic Forum

Professor Tony Wirjanto

On October 4, 2019, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and University of Waterloo appointed Professor Tony Wirjanto as the Curator in Insurance and Asset Management for the WEF.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Students shine at the first Waterloo Student Conference in Statistics, Actuarial Science, and Finance

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On Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19, 2019 the first Waterloo Student Conference in Statistics, Actuarial Science, and Finance took place.  While this event was hosted by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, it was the students who brought it to life.  This two-day conference was organized by students, for students.

The agenda for the conference featured keynote presentations by leading researchers, Xiao-Li Meng (Harvard University), Sebastian Jaimungal (University of Toronto), and Mary Thompson (University of Waterloo), as well as 40 research presentations by students from a variety of universities. 

The conference also included presentation awards for the two most outstanding talks in each field:

In the fields of Actuarial Science and Finance, the winners were:

  • Xiyue Han (University of Waterloo) for the talk: On the Extrema of Functions in the Takagi Class
  • Francois Micheal Boire (University of Western) for the talk: Distributional Response to Fiscal Stimulus

In the fields of Statistics and Biostatisics, the winners were:

  • Christopher Salahub (University of Waterloo) for the talk: Seen to Be Done: A Graphical Investigation of Peremptory Challenge
  • Gabriela Gonzalez Martinez (York University) for the talk: Bandwidth selection for the effective dose problem

To view information on other talks presented at the conference, including abstracts, please view the conference program.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Maclean’s features READI

READI


Maclean’s wrote an article about how the University of Waterloo and funding from the Canadian government is helping Indonesia prepare for climate change. Through the Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science in Indonesia (READI)project in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Waterloo is working to establish Indonesia as a regional centre of actuarial science.

Indonesia’s universities did not have a top-ranked actuarial science program, nor a cooperative program. With funding from Global Affairs, Manulife Indonesia, and Sun Life, the dedication of staff and faculty members from the University of Waterloo, and eager partners in Indonesia, nine out of 12 Indonesian universities are working with READI.

The success continues to grow. At the most recent co-op event, more than 80 companies showed up at one university. To learn more about the success of the program, see the full article in Maclean’s

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