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Anwesha Chakravarti

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Contact Information

616 East Green Street, Suite 212A
Champaign, IL, 61820

Research Interests

High Dimensional Data Analysis, Spatio-temporal Data Analysis, Statistical Learning, Graphical Models, Bayesian Analysis

Research Description

My research mainly focuses on developing theory and methods in the fields of statistics and machine learning, to understand complex high-dimensional data, and applying these methods to various real life applications. 

Specifically, I am working with Prof. Naveen Narishetty on developing a Bayesian framework to achieve variable selection and estimation for sparse graphical models using conditional random fields. Additionally, I am also working with Prof. Bo Li and Prof. Rebecca Smith on developing statistical models for spatio-temporal data to help the Mosquito Abatements Districts (MADs) and other health departments in Illinois to control the spread of West Nile Virus infections. 


Ph.D. Candidate, Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

M.Stat w/Distinction, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, 2020

B.Stat w/Honors, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, 2018

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Qualifying Exam Award, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, 2022

Recipient of the Outstanding Qualifying Exam Award in recognition of superior performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Exam from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Results based on student ratings of their instructors from the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) maintained by University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

INSPIRE, 2015 - 2020

Recipient of the Inspire Scholarship (given by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India).

Courses Taught


2022 Summer, Qualifying Exam Preparation Course

Discussion Sections (Lab sessions):

2023 Fall, STAT 400 Statistics and Probability 1

2021 Spring, STAT 107 Data Science Discovery

2020 Fall, STAT 107 Data Science Discovery

Teaching Assistant:

2022 Fall, STAT 440 Statistical Data Management

2022 Spring, STAT 420 Methods of Applied Statistics

Additional Campus Affiliations

Vice President, Statistics Doctoral Student Association (SDSA), UIUC

Secretary, Abol Tabol (Bengali Students Organization), UIUC