A great alumna and a dear friend of our department, Dr. Shan Hu, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 7th 2016, at the age of 30. Shan was an excellent student who received her PhD in Statistics in 2012. Everyone who knew Shan will fondly remember her shining smile and positive attitude regardless of what life threw her way. She was a genuinely good person, shining at what she did, and always willing to help people around her. She will be very much missed by all of us who had overlap with her at UConn. Our thoughts are with her family, especially her five year old son, husband, and parents.
Professor Dipak K. Dey, Board of Trusties Distinguished Professor, has been elected to the Board of Trusties of the International Indian Statistical Association.
Professor Dipak K. Dey, Board of Trusties Distinguished Professor, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious scientific journal Sankhya, the Indian Journal of Statistics, published in two different Series: Series A and Series B.
Professor Sujit K. Ghosh, NC State University – who received his Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Connecticut – has being elected President of the International Indian Statistical Association.
A department alumnus, Professor Sujit K. Ghosh of North Carolina State University, has being selected for the prestigious 2016 Hind Rattan Award given by the NRI Welfare Society of India. Professor Ghosh graduated in 1996.
The Hind Rattan (Hindi phrase translated to English as “Jewel of India”) is one of the highest Indian diasporic awards granted annually to non-resident Indian citizens (NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India, an organization under the umbrella of the Government of India. The award is granted at the Society’s annual congress, held in conjunction with national Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations. The award ceremony is attended by senior members of the Government of India and of the Supreme Court of India.
The Provost and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs have awarded PhD students Dan Liu, Matthew Linder, Gyuhyeong Goh, Paul McLaughlin and Bo Zhao for excellence in teaching.
Please join us for a special presentation (1 of 2) given by Professor Nitis Mukhopadhyay:
Time and Place: Thursday October 15, 11:00am-11:50am at AUST 313
Speaker: Professor Nitis Mukhopadhyay
Title: Interdisciplinary Nature of Research in Statistical Science: Touring History
Abstract: We hear a constant buzz about the importance of collaborative or interdisciplinary research. An uninitiated individual may mistakenly interpret that such a buzz is a new found phenomenon. But, this is not a new phenomenon. Past 100+ years of history of statistics shows clearly that collaborative or interdisciplinary research has always been a huge part of statistical science. Our statistical forefathers were deeply involved in collaborative or interdisciplinary research. But while doing so they were also strong to create a solid logical foundation for today’s statistical science.
Please join us for a Special Student Seminar with Invited Speakers from Travelers Insurance:
Time and Place:
October 8, 11:00am-11:50am at AUST 313
Refreshments will be served immediately following the seminar in AUST 326.
Speakers: Christopher Parks and Tiran Chen
Title: Creating Insights and Competitive Advantages at Travelers Insurance through Data and Analytics
Travelers Insurance is one of the largest P/C insurance companies in the U.S. The insurance industry is very competitive – what will separate the ones that shrink compared to the ones that thrive will be the quality of their data and how their analysts use it to guide profitable business decisions. At Travelers, business leaders are increasing their reliance on the Actuarial & Analytics community. In this discussion we will cover how Travelers fits into the insurance industry, several detailed examples of how we use advanced analytics throughout the company, and how students can learn about employment opportunities.
Christopher Parks is a 2nd Vice President of Analytics & Research at Travelers Insurance. He has worked at the company for 13 years in a variety of research roles including Insurance Pricing, Direct Marketing, Distribution, and Demand Modeling. He has an MBA from UConn, and undergraduate degrees in Math and Economics from Connecticut College.
Tiran Chen is a Senior Consultant of Analytics & Research at Travelers Insurance. He has worked in claim research for about 2 years. He graduated from UCONN Mathematics Department in 2013 with a master degree in Applied Financial Mathematics. Prior to that, he had a master degree in statistics from UCONN Statistics Department.
PhD students Ved Deshpande and M. Henry Linder have won the Federal Trade Commission’s DetectaRobo analytic challenge, held as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking in June. Ved and Henry used statistical / machine learning techniques to build a model that predicts whether a phone call originated from an automated calling system.
Please join us for a special seminar covering usage of the computing cluster.
Time and Place: October 1, 11am-11:50am at AUST 313 with refreshments immediately afterwards in AUST 326.
Speaker: Alex Barnes
Abstract: The computer cluster available to the faculty and students of the statistics department is maintained by the physics lab of Dr. Richard Jones. This talk will provide an overview of the cluster structure and explain the process of obtaining and accessing an account. An example of utilizing the cluster will also be presented, including instructions on job submission, file storage space, monitoring jobs, and file transfers.