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 Current news in 2024

The department enjoys a vibrant research environment and offers a comprehensive programme of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Statistics

 

April 2024
Two Statistics students are winners at the Optiver Awards ceremony!

We are delighted to announce that two of our Statistics students, Wanqing An and Terrence Zheng, received awards at the Optiver Awards ceremony!

The Optiver Coding Challenge is an annual competition that the Digital Skills Lab has been hosting since 2020, in collaboration with Optiver, aimed at LSE students. Managed jointly by the Digital Skills Lab and LSE Careers, the challenge invites students to engage in workshops and lectures, forming teams to develop algorithms for trading stocks on a market simulator. The culmination of the challenge sees these teams competing to determine whose algorithm generates the highest returns. Additionally, students are required to create presentations outlining their collaborative efforts and solutions to any encountered obstacles.

Wanqing An showcased exceptional teamwork and leadership skills, earning the individual Team Spirit award. Additionally, Wanqing An was part of the team that secured the Best Trading Strategy award, highlighting their strategic brilliance and profound understanding of market dynamics.

Terrence Zheng's contribution to his team's success was instrumental in winning the Teamwork & Collaboration award. Terrence Zheng and his team exemplified resilience, dedication, and a collaborative spirit that distinguished them from others.

Terrence Zheng told us, 'It was an exciting journey where I was able to put classroom theory into practical use and I sincerely thank LSE’s effort into organizing it.'

The ceremony took place on Friday 8 March 2024 in the Shaw Library. 

March 2024
Dr. Tengyao Wang promoted to Professor!

Tengyao Wang 2021The Department of Statistics would like to congratulate Tengyao Wang who has been promoted to Professor which will be effective from August 2024! It is a fantastic recognition of his talent and of how lucky we are to have him with us in the department. Many congratulations to Tengyao on this well-deserved promotion!

February 2024
Winner of IMS Tweedie New Researcher Award announced

Chengchun ShiDr. Chengchun Shi has been nominated as the recipient of the prestigious 2024 IMS Tweedie New Researcher Award!   

As the award recipient, he is invited to present the Tweedie New Researcher Invited Lecture at the 2024 IMS New Researchers Conference. Chengchun was selected by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics Committee: “For ground-breaking contributions to statistical inferences in reinforcement learning and complex data, with applications to precision medicine, mobile health, ridesharing, neuroimaging, and deep brain stimulation.”

You can find more information about the award on the Institute of Mathematical Statistics website

Huge congratulations, Chengchun!

February 2024
Interim Review passed

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We are very pleased to announce that Andreas Søjmark has successfully passed his Interim Review! Huge congratulations, Andreas!

January 2024
Winton prize winners 

winton_logofinalWe are pleased to announce that we have been kindly donated the following prizes by Winton. Our Head of Department Professor Pauline Barrieu would like to thank Winton for these donations and the Department of Statistics is extremely thankful for their continued support. A huge congratulations to the students who have worked hard and have been awarded the prizes below. 

Prize: Winton Prize for Academic Excellence in MSc Statistics/MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) and MSc Statistics (Social Statistics).
This prize was awarded to the student with the highest overall mark in their assessments. One prize of £500 was awarded.
Winner: ZHENGBIN HUANG.

Prize: Winton Prize for Best Dissertation in MSc Statistics/MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics)/MSc Statistics (Social Statistics).
This prize was awarded to the student with the highest mark in their dissertation. One prize of £500 was awarded.
Winner: RICK HOLUBEC. 

Prize: Winton Prize for Academic Excellence in MSc Data Science.
This prize was awarded to the MSc Data Science student with the highest overall marks in their assessments. One prize of £500 was awarded.
Winner: JIAJUN LUO.  

Prize: Winton Prize for Best Capstone Project in MSc Data Science.
This prize was awarded to the group of MSc Data Science students with the highest overall mark in their Capstone Project. One prize of £500 was awarded (divided equally between the group members).
Winners: AMATUL HUSSAIN, GLAFKOS KRONIDES, ARIF MEIGHAN and JERRY TANN.

Prize: Winton Prizes for Academic Excellence in Statistics with Financial Applications. This prize was awarded to two undergraduate Statistics students who have taken the Stochastics and Actuarial Methods in Finance course (ST330) and achieved the highest weighted average marks. Two prizes of £500 were awarded. 
Winners: SHIN WEI CHONG and MICHAEL VALENTINO.

News Archive 2023 

December 2023
Zezhun Chen has been recommended for a PhD award.

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We are delighted to announce that Zezhun Chen (supervisors: Angelos Dassios and George Tzougas) has been recommended for the award of a PhD for his thesis, Point processes and integer-value models.

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Chen on his fantastic achievement and wish him all the best for the next stage of his career.

December 2023
Camilo Cárdenas Hurtado has been recommended for a PhD award.

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We are delighted to announce that Camilo Cárdenas Hurtado (supervisors: Irini Moustaki & Yunxiao Chen) has been recommended for the award of a PhD for his thesis, Generalised latent variable models for location, scale, and shape parameters.

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Cárdenas Hurtado on his fantastic achievement. It is wonderful that he is now working in the Department as an LSE Fellow. 

November 2023
Dr James Abdey's book has been published!

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We are very proud to announce that Dr James Abdey's book 'Business Analytics: Applied Modelling and Prediction' has just been published! 

James says this about his book:

"Three years in the making. Three times the word count originally forecast. Three times the stress of the PhD. Unlike my thesis, some people may even read this!"

You can buy James' book here!

November 2023
2nd years take tour of Lloyd's of London.

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The 'Lloyd’s of London Guided Tour' took place on Wednesday 8 November between 12 and 1pm. This was organised for our second year undergraduate students with Dr Gelly Mitrodima.  

The guided tour covered how Lloyd’s operates today, the history of Lloyd’s, the present building (including the Lutine Bell, Loss Book, the Adam Room, the Old Library and the Nelson Collection).  Our students had a fantastic experience! 

November 2023
Warm welcome to a new member of the PSS team!

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We are delighted to say that we have a new member of the PSS team! Muhammed Sabih Iqbal joins us as our PhD and Teaching Programmes Manager. From 2016 to 2022, Muhammed was the MSc Accounting, Organisations, and Institutions Programme Manager at LSE. After that he was the MSc Programme Manager for Strategic Marketing (Online/part time) at Imperial College Business School. 

We are very excited to have him in our team and to be a part of the LSE family.

November 2023
Professor Barrieu highlighted in an exhibition in Paris.

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The Museum of Mathematics in Paris (La Maison Poincaré) has a permanent exhibition showing work of various mathematicians. It presents portraits of contemporary mathematicians to highlight the diversity of trajectories through their scientific engagements.

This exhibition includes our very own Professor Pauline Barrieu! How wonderful to see her displayed and appreciated like this!

November 2023
Kaifang Zhou has been recommended for a PhD award.

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We are delighted to announce that Kaifang Zhou (supervisors: Milan Vojnovic and Yining Chen) has been recommended for the award of a PhD for her thesis, Statistical inference for some choice models

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Zhou on her fantastic achievement. It is wonderful that she is now working in the Department as an LSE Fellow. 

October 2023
Two Statistics students achieve the LSE100 Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

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Each year LSE100 awards prizes to students who produce exemplary work on the course.

A HUGE well done to our lovely Statistics students Poh Lim and Alfie Worth for winning the Outstanding Academic Achievement award!

This award recognises the exemplary work that these students and their fellow group members produced during their LSE100 group research project during Lent Term 2023, including their commitment to interdisciplinary investigation and their effective collaboration as a team. In light of their outstanding work, they were nominated by their LSE100 teachers, and their award was confirmed following a review of their work by the LSE100 Co-Directors.

Find out more about this and other LSE 100 awards. 

September 2023
Welcome to our new LSE fellows!

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We extend a warm welcome to four LSE Fellows into the Department of Statistics!  They are Camilo Cardenas-Hurtado, Yudong Chen, Shakeel Gavioli-Akilagun and Kaifang Zhou and they are fantastic and promising young academics! 

September 2023
Saying a fond farwell to some staff members.

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We wish Yufei Zhang, Daniela Escobar and Marwah Soliman all the best in their new adventures. You will be missed in the department and please keep in touch! 

Yufei has these parting words:

'Starting my academic career at LSE has been an extraordinary journey, filled with invaluable experiences and cherished memories. I am profoundly grateful for the unwavering support, collaboration, and camaraderie we have shared throughout this time. As I embark on this new chapter, I carry with me the lessons learned and the bonds forged during my time at LSE. I am genuinely committed to staying connected and fostering future collaborations, and I firmly believe that our paths will intersect again in the future. Once again, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you for your invaluable guidance, encouragement, and friendship.' 

August 2023
Professor C R Rao, 1920-2023.

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Professor C R Rao who was a formidable name in modern statistics.

Professor Rao made pioneering contributions to statistical inference, multivariate analysis, design of experiments and combinatorics, robust inference and differential geometric methods and many other areas. Several of his results have become parts of standard textbooks on statistical methodology. 

You can read more at the RSS news webpage.

June 2023
Patrick Aschermayr has been recommended for a PhD award.

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We are so pleased to announce that Patrick has been recommended for the award of a PhD for his thesis, ‘Bayesian Inference on State Space Models’.

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Aschermayr on his wonderful achievement and wish him all the best for the next stage of his career.

June 2023
New PhD Studentship - Assessing inequality in the Criminal Justice System - Deadline extended.

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We are delighted to be hosting one of new 20 studentships funded by ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) focusing on quantitative research using linked administrative data. 

The funded project, Assessing Inequality in the Criminal Justice System using statistical methods, will be supervised by Dr Sara Geneletti and Professor Fiona Steele

The studentship will cover tuition fees and provide a maintenance stipend for 4 years.

About the project:
The Lammy Review showed evidence of discrimination in the Criminal Justice System. The aim of this project is to use causal inference methods to corroborate these findings by quantifying the impact of discrimination in sentencing using Data First: Criminal Justice System Linked Datasets.

Eligibility:
• This studentship is open to candidates of all nationalities.
• Applicants should expect to complete / have completed a taught MSc in Statistics, Mathematics or a related discipline (e.g. Economics, etc.) or equivalent, plus an undergraduate degree of good standing.

The application deadline is 27 July 2023, which has been extended from April.

Full details on the project and the PhD studentship is provided on our webpage.

June 2023
Take a look at Dr Marcos Barreto’s new blog post.

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Data science techniques are held up as a beacon of objectivity and interdisciplinarity – but are universities instead training future data scientists in a form of data colonialism?

Have a read of Dr Marcos Barreto’s new blog post addressing this and other questions related to data decolonisation and the way we teach data science.

This post was awarded runner-up in the LSE HE Essays in Education Blog Challenge in June 2022 in the open category. The research was conducted as part of the Inclusive Education Action Plan Fellowships focussed on Decolonising.

May 2023
Class Teacher Award winners announced!

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We are very proud to announce that the Department of Statistics had twelve class teachers who won awards at the ceremony on 11 May 2023!

Everyone in the Department of Statistics is so grateful to our amazing students for taking time to nominate our hard working and supportive teachers

Massive congratulations go out to the following teachers who won class teacher awards:

✨Xinyi Liu
✨Anica Kostic
✨Anastasia Kakou
✨Mingwei Lin
✨Yudong Chen
✨Tao Ma
✨Kaifang Zhou
✨Xuzhi Yang
✨Zezhun Chen
✨Sahoko Ishida
✨Qin Fang
✨Shakeel Gavoili-Akilagun

Take a look here for more information. 

May 2023
Jialin Yi has been recommended for a PhD award.

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We are so pleased to announce that Jialin has been recommended for the award of a PhD for his thesis, ‘Regret-minimization Algorithms for Multi-agent Cooperative Learning Systems’.

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Yi on his wonderful achievement and wish him all the best for the next stage of his career.

May 2023
Dr. Erik Baurdoux is a Mental Health Staff Champion and shares his wellbeing tips!

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It's Mental Health Awareness Week this week and Dr. Erik Baurdoux is featured in Staff News and discusses his role as a LSE Mental Health Champion! Erik finds there are many ways to help his wellbeing such as catching up with friends, riding his bike, watching Arsenal play and listening to gabber music. 

Erik says 'Please consider visiting the Mental Health Champions stall in the Shaw Café on Tuesday 16 May, from 12-2pm!' Mental Health Awareness Week is in full steam now, so please look at all the activities that LSE has to offer.  

April 2023
Warm welcome to a new member of the PSS team!

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We are delighted to say that we have another new member of the PSS team! Iulia Dumitras joins us as our MSc Programmes Manager for a 12 month fixed term contract and we are very excited to have her in our team and to be a part of the LSE family. 

April 2023
Ragvir Sabharwal has been recommended for a PhD award.

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We are so pleased to announce that Ragvir has been recommended for the award of a PhD for his thesis, ‘On Factor Models for High-Dimensional Time Series’.

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Sabharwal on his wonderful achievement and wish him all the best for the next stage of his career.

April 2023
Warm welcome to a new member of the PSS Team.

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We are delighted to say that we have a new member of the PSS team! Montana Tracey joins us as our permanant Office Assistant and we are very excited to have him in our team and to be a part of the LSE family.

March 2023
Dr. Tengyao Wang awarded the Guy Medal by the RSS.

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We are so incredibly proud of Dr. Tengyao Wang for being awarded the Guy Medal in Bronze by the Royal Statistical Society! The medal is awarded to Tengyao for his contributions to high-dimensional statistics, including changepoint estimation, dimension reduction and missing data. Huge congratulations!

March 2023
New PhD Studentship - Assessing inequality in the Criminal Justice System.

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We are delighted to be hosting one of new 20 studentships funded by ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) focusing on quantitative research using linked administrative data. 

The funded project, Assessing Inequality in the Criminal Justice System using statistical methods, will be supervised by Dr Sara Geneletti and Professor Fiona Steele

The application deadline is 27 April 2023.

Full details on the project and the PhD studentship is provided on our webpage

March 2023
Filippo Pellegrino has been recommended for a PhD award.

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We are so pleased to announce that Filippo has been recommended for the award of a PhD for his thesis, ‘Essays on asynchronous time series and related multidimensional data’

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Pellegrino on his wonderful achievement and wish him all the best for the next stage of his career.

March 2023
Dr. Yunxiao Chen and Dr. Chengchun Shi promoted to Associate Professors!

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The Department of Statistics would like to congratulate Chengchun Shi and Yunxiao Chen who have passed their major review and have been promoted to Associate Professor which will be effective from August 2023. It is a fantastic recognition of their talent and of how lucky we are to have them with us in the department! Huge congratulations to you both!  

January 2023
Yiliu Wang has been recommended for a PhD award.

Yiliu Wang_croppedWe are so pleased to announce that Yiliu has been recommended for the award of a PhD for her thesis, ‘Relational learning for set value functions’.

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Wang on her wonderful achievement and wish her all the best for the next stage of her career.

January 2023
Dr. Giulia Livieri's successful Innovation Challenge idea!

GiuliaWebThe Department of Statistics would like to congratulate Giulia Livieri for her successful application to the LSE Innovation Challenge! 

The innovation challenge is a call for LSE researchers to develop ideas based on their research to help meet the challenges faced by the world in a time of rapid change. It’s for all engaged in academic research across LSE's departments/centres – academic, research and policy staff.  This challenge is an opportunity for researchers to find a pathway to create a positive impact on the most important issues of our time. Read more about the LSE Innovation Challenge.
 
The LSE Innovation (LSEi) review panel decided that Giulia’s application has commercialisation potential and should be supported by the Innovation team. In addition, the panel has offered an award of £5,000 to Giulia to be used for market validation purposes. 

The summary of her venture idea is Climate Change, Uncertainty and Financial Risk: Robust Approaches based on Time-Varying Parameters. Giulia would like to develop novel econometric approaches to assess and manage climate risk in big financial portfolios in a robust, easily implementable, and flexible form. She will adopt the view that the parameters governing the impact of climate shocks on asset prices are latent and random, reflecting the uncertainty of future climate scenarios. Because climate-related shocks are non-stationary, she will allow for temporal variations in the parameters’ conditional distributions, and plans to construct dynamic models of different forms, e.g., time-series, cross-sections, and networks, describing the concentrations of climate risks in the portfolio and the firms’ time-varying exposure to such risks. By aggregating the latter at the portfolio or the financial system level, she will perform stress test and scenario analyses of systemic risk.

Huge congratulations, Giulia! 

January 2023
Tomasz Dubiel-Teleszynski has been recommended for a PhD award.

Tomasz-Dubiel-TeleszynskiWe are so pleased to announce that Tomasz has been recommended for the award of a PhD for his thesis, ‘Bayesian Sequential Inference and Machine Learning Applied to Yield Curve Forecasting’.

On behalf of all in the Department of Statistics, we would like to congratulate Dr. Dubiel-Teleszynski on his wonderful achievement and wish him all the best for the next stage of his career.