News archive - May 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Dr. Ping Yan's latest work is published by Springer

Quantitative Methods for Investigating Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Dr. Ping Yan's latest work explores systematic treatment of the mathematical underpinnings of work in the theory of outbreak dynamics and their control, covering balanced perspectives between theory and practice including new material on contemporary topics in the field of infectious disease modelling. 

His work entitled "Quantitavtive Methods for Investigating Infectious Disease Outbreaks" has been published by the highly respected Springer Publishing Company. 

Dr. Ping Yan is an adjunct professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, at the University of Waterloo. His work focuses on applying statistical and mathematical models in communicable diseases transmission, prevention and control, with a wide range of topics from estimation of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis disease burden to informing policy regarding pandemic influenza preparedness, vaccination and emergency response.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Survey Research Centre (SRC) is hosting a Data Analysis Workshop

Survey Research Centre logo

The SRC's workshop is titled Survey Research Data Analysis: 101 and Beyond (PDF)

This event will take place on Wednesday May 15 to Thursday May 16, 2019 in Mathematics 3 (M3). 

This workshop provides a crash course on using statistical methods and software when conducting data analysis in survey research. There will be a hands-on opportunity to conduct basic data analysis using SAS software. This workshop is presented by Dr. Christian Boudreau, Co-director of the SRC, along with Grace Li from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Project.

More information, including registration fee, can be located on the SRC website

Please register by emailing Janice Lam.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Celebrating 3rd annual DataFest competition at the University of Waterloo

Datafest 2019

50 undergraduate students took part analyzing and applying data in the 48 hour on campus 2019 ASA DataFest competition earlier this month. Globally, over 2,000 students partake in this competition at several of the most prestigious colleges and universities including the University of Waterloo.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Actuarial Short Course XI - Financial Engineering I

Group photo of the Jakarta course

On April 12-15, 2019, the Risk Management, Economic Sustainability, and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia (READI) Project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, conducted a short course on “Financial Engineering I” in Jakarta, Indonesia. The training was the 11 of the series of short course held in collaboration with the University of Waterloo in which the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science faculty members have led the teaching on all short courses. Prof. Ken Seng Tan, PhD, ASA, CERA, and Sunlife Fellowship in International Actuarial Science, was the instructor of the four days intensive training program. READI also invited Steven Chen, FSA, FCIA, CFA, MAA, an alumni of the University of Waterloo, as the guest speaker to provide a practitioners’ perspective on Financial Engineering.

Read the full article and learn more about the READI project on their website.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

University of Waterloo ranks first for insurance/actuarial publications

Overall Rankings

The University Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Global Research Rankings of Actuarial Science and Risk Management and Insurance has ranked the University of Waterloo the number one non-business, degree-granting school worldwide. Waterloo was ranked first in both the number of papers in the leading risk and insurance journal, as well as in the top four leading actuarial journals.

“I am extremely proud of the results of the UNL rankings,” said Stefan Steiner, Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. “Ranking first worldwide in the non-business school list is testament to the strong research happening at the University of Waterloo.”