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– Team of UConn Students Win Award at ASA Datafest


A team of UConn undergraduates–Daniel Brink ’16, Nicholas Illenberger ’17, Jiachen Liang ’16, and Peter Tallcouch ’16–won an award for “Best Business Insight” at the American Statistical Association (ASA) Datafest competition, held at Wesleyan University from April 8-10. The students’ task was to analyze a dataset provided by Ticketmaster, and provide some new insights.

The students were advised by Professor Haim Bar, Professor Ofer Harel, and Professor Nalini Ravishanker and graduate students Henry Linder and Yaohua Zhang. Also in attendance to support the UConn team were graduate students Brian Bader, Ved Deshpande, and Greg Vaughan.

– Shan Hu: In Memoriam

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 Elected to the Board of Trusties of the IISA

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 Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Sankhya”

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.

– Alumnus Sujit K. Ghosh (PhD, 1996) elected President of the International Indian Statistical Association

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.

– Alumnus Sujit K. Ghosh (PhD, 1996) Wins 2016 Hind Rattan Award

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.

– Doctoral Students Awarded for Teaching Excellence

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.

– Prof. Mukhopadhyay to Give Special Lecture, Oct 15

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.

– Travelers Insurance Presentation Thursday 10/8

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.

– Ved Deshpande and M. Henry Linder Win FTC DetectaRobo Analytics Challenge

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.