• 2024-06-17 - Statistics professors Kelly Findley and Vimal Rao were recently named recipients for a grant through the Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  PITA grants are awarded to project proposals designed with a high likelihood to enhance the educational goals at Illinois through instructional and pedagogical innovation....
  • 2024-05-30 - The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has named Assistant Professor Susu Zhang of Statistics and Psychology as a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professor (LEAP) Scholar. The LEAP Scholar designation recognizes Zhang’s significant achievements and outstanding potential as a researcher and professor at Illinois. Zhang’s work integrates latent...
  • 2024-05-30 - The Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) has announced the selection of Professor Yuguo Chen to the 2024 IMS Fellows list. Chen was chosen for his substantive and sustained contributions to Monte Carlo methods, network data analysis and statistical computing, and exceptional and extensive editorial work. Chen is the Director of the Illinois Statistics Consulting Office and holds...
  • 2024-05-30 - Timothy Chin (BS, '18 statistics; MS, '20 statistics) is a data scientist for Rocket Mortgage where he works on predictive modeling and machine learning solutions for the mortgage lending company. The work ranges from developing new data science models that optimize the efficiency of the mortgage process to building APIs that streamline clients for a better user experience. Chin's current...
  • 2024-05-29 - Professor Frank Quan of Actuarial Science and Risk Management has been appointed as a Brad and Karen Smith Professorial Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Quan is an affiliate professor of statistics and affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The named professorship title is based upon the recognition of...
  • 2024-05-13 - The Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) has selected professor Venugopal V. Veeravalli to the IMS Fellowship for outstanding contributions to sequential hypothesis testing and quickest change detection. Veeravalli is a Henry Magnuski Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is affiliated with the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) and the Department of Statistics. Veeravalli'...
  • 2024-04-22 - Fueled by determination, problem-solving ingenuity, and a few slices of pizza, 113 teams took on the challenge of the 2024 Illinois Statistics Datathon. The annual event, sponsored by Synchrony in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratory, invited students from all levels across campus to put their skills to the test to problem solve and present a viable business solution to enhance the...
  • 2024-03-07 - In November 2023, Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider and Karle Flanagan spent a full day at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in Chicago, presenting an intensive workshop on data science to nearly 20...
  • 2024-02-08 - It’s been almost a year since workers lifted the cornerstone of Illini Hall. It was a momentous event, occurring during the building’s demolition that marked the opening phase of the Altgeld and Illini Hall Project. A crowd of onlookers and news media were on hand to witness the occasion—there were rumors of a time capsule. They...
  • 2024-02-05 - In the high-impact world of professional football, player health and safety are of utmost concern. Behind the scenes, data scientists like Illinois alumna, Ishani Desai (BS, '22, statistics and computer science) play a critical role leveraging analytics to track equipment, identify trends, and mitigate potential risks on the field. Stat-News had a chance to chat with Desai to discuss her journey...
  • 2023-12-21 - Christopher Qian, a doctoral student in the Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been named a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program award. The SCGSR Program is a highly competitive award, with only 60 recipients selected from 48 universities nationwide for the 2023 Solicitation 1 cycle...
  • 2023-10-17 - The Statistics Ambassadors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are a group of students who are passionate about statistics and are dedicated to helping their peers succeed. In their latest blog post on the Statistics Ambassador blogsite, Statistics Ambassadors Mingli Xu and Botao Huang have compiled a short list of their favorite courses, which they recommend to students of all...
  • 2023-10-11 - The Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is actively seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple faculty positions across various areas of Statistics, Neuroinformatics, and Data Science. These positions are part of the Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and present exciting opportunities for academics looking to make a significant impact in their...
  • 2023-10-06 - “Our lives and the things that we value as humans are all impacted every day by the decisions and predictions made by algorithms which are typically at least explicitly only optimizing for just the single human value: accuracy,” stated Tori Ellison. Tori Ellison has been a teaching assistant professor in the Statistics department since 2020. She currently teaches STAT...
  • 2023-09-28 - Joe Bonomo (BS, ‘12, statistics) has a number of skills listed on his resume. However, he’s built his career on being a creative problem solver, a skill he honed during his undergraduate studies in the Department of Statistics. Eleven years later...