Research groups

Biostatistics Research Group

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo has a strong record of impact in a diverse range of areas in Biostatistics. Our strengths include the analysis of life history data, longitudinal data analysis, the design and analysis of clinical trials, epidemiological studies, clustered data, methods for dealing with incomplete data and measurement error, causal inference and studies of biological systems.

Biostatistics research group website

Biostatistics Training Initiative (BTI)

The BTI supports placement of graduate students in biostatistics and statistics from the University of Waterloo into eight month internships at cancer centers in Ontario engaged in clinical trial research. Through these internships students gain interdisciplinary research experience which supplements their in-depth academic training. One of the goals of the program is to create a cohort of expertly trained biostatisticians with considerable research experience relevant to cancer.

Biostatistics Training Initiative website

Business and Industrial Statistics Research Group (BISRG)

The BISRG was established in 1985 as a centre to promote quality and productivity improvement in all of its many aspects. The role of the research group is to encourage the flow of knowledge, ideas, methods and problems between the university and business communities to their mutual benefit.

Business and Industrial Statistics Research Group website

Computational Statistics Research Group

The Computational Statistics Group at the University of Waterloo is a multi-disciplinary group made up faculty from the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Computational Statistics Research Group website

Centre for Computational Mathematics in Industry and Commerce

Mathematical models have become more complex and require much more computation. They are being developed for, and applied to, many more situations than every before - from basic science, to industrial manufacturing and design, climate modeling, financial analysis, information security, data mining and countless others. There is a large body of computational mathematical knowledge that is required by all such areas. Moreover, there are outstanding opportunities for cross-fertilization of ideas, methods, and technology from one area to another; many problems would benefit from a more collaborative research effort. By gathering together researchers of wide interests from various areas of computational mathematics, the Centre for Computational Mathematics in Industry and Commerce provides an environment for such interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

Centre for Computational Mathematics in Industry and Commerce website

Master of Quantitative Finance (MQF)

This program is built upon the existing Finance program established in 1995 by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance, founding director, Phelim P. Boyle. The program focuses on the fundamental disciplines of mathematics, statistics, econometrics, computer science and finance. It provides the analytical tools to solve practical problems in the complex and rapidly evolving world of today's financial industry.

Master of Quantitative Finance website

Master of Actuarial Science (MActSc)

The aim of the program is to offer the finest professional post-graduate education in actuarial science and practice in the world. The program delivers an elite, fast-tracked education in actuarial science for highest calibre graduates of quantitative Bachelors level programs.

Master of Actuarial Science website

Survey Research Centre (SRC)

The Survey Research Centre has expertise in survey design, methodology and data collection, conducting hundreds of surveys by telephone, web, mail and face-to-face interviewing since its inception in 1999. The SRC offers services from simple consultation to a complete package of design, programming, data collection and top-line analysis – using a cost-recovery pricing model. A free one-hour consultation is available for University of Waterloo faculty, staff and students. 

Survey Research Centre website

Waterloo Research Institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative Finance (WatRISQ)

WatRISQ promotes collaboration and co-operation among its researchers and private sector partners through conferences, seminars, and meetings. It also enhances the research environment at Waterloo through its sponsorship of seminars and by providing post-graduate scholarships to attract the best students to related academic programs. In this way the Institute helps to increase the supply of highly qualified graduates in the risk management and insurance disciplines. The University of Waterloo is Ontario's major supplier of highly skilled graduates in actuarial science and it houses Canada's premier masters degree program in quantitative finance.

Waterloo Research Institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative Finance website