### Summer Quarter 2024

#### June

Monday, June 3, 2024, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yu Gui, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

### Spring Quarter 2024

Zoom links will be provided in their corresponding email announcements.

#### May

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Lin Gui, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 3:00 PM, in Harper Memorial 145, 1116 E. 59th Street

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Jinwen Yang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Monday, May 13, 2024, at 3:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Zihao Wang, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Thursday, May 1, 2024, at 3:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Diemeng Hu, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 11:30 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Alexander Vattakkattu, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"Apply Generalized Gamma Distribution in Two part MELS model"

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 2:30 PM, in Searle 236, 5735 S Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yichen Ji, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"Realized Volatility Forecasting with Machine Learning"

Thursday, May 1, 2024, at 2:00 PM, in Searle 236, 5735 S Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xiaoran Cheng, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 1:30 PM, in Searle 236, 5735 S Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Chad Schmerling, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zhanpeng Song, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 10:30 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yifang Zhang, Department of Statistic, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

#### April

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 3:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Theodora Ko, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Minimizing Empty Truck Miles Driven via Decision-Theoretic Online Learning and Link Prediction on a Temporal Transportation Graph"

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 2:00 PM, in **Jones 111**, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Haoyuan Mao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Apply Generalized Gamma Distribution in Two part MELS model"

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 1:00 PM, in **Jones 111**, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuqi Niu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"The Application of a Hybrid Garch-type Model with Quantile Regression Neural Network on the Estimation of Value-at-Risk of Corporate Stocks"

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 1:00 PM, in **Jones 111**, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ruiqin Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Variance Estimation for the Calibration Estimator"

Tuesday, April 30, at 12:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yibei Cai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Examination on the effectiveness of Time Series Momentum"

Tuesday, April 30, at 12:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Sheng-Hau Peng, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Optimizing Sentiment Analysis through Hyperparameter Tuning: An Alternative Way to Revisit SESTM Algorithm"

Monday, April 29, 2024, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Huanyu Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statler: State-Maintaining Language Models for Embodied Reasoning"

Monday, April 29, 2024, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xingyu Piao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Impact of a country’s GDP on the number of students studying in the U.S. from that country"

Monday, April 29, 2024, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yiyuan (Chloe) Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"High-Dimensional Time Series: VAR Model Efficacy Across Lag Structures"

Monday, April 29, 2024, at 10:30 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xinyu Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"TBA"

Monday, April 29, 2024, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Qizhong Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"DDSTPP: Denoising Diffusion Spatial Temporal Point Process"

Monday, April 29, 2024, at 9:30 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shu-Hsiang Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Sample Size Determination Methods for Non-Randomized Studies with Historical Data"

Friday, April 26, 2024, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Mengqi Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Revised Local Permutation Test for Conditional Independence Test"

Friday, April 26, 2024, at 10:30 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Austin Koort, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Evaluating the Effect of Round Type on Collegiate Policy Debate Outcomes"

Friday, April 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Daniel Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Simulation Study for Spatially Coherent Topic Modeling Utilizing Graph Structure"

Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 3:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xingyu Qu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Win Determinants in the English Premier League: Insights from Poisson Mixed-Effects Modeling and Skellam Process"

Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 3:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Melissa Adrian, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimation, prediction, and uncertainty quantification using sparse data in weather applications"

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 3:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Sida (Star) Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Beyond Vanilla Metropolis-adjusted Langevin Algorithms: A Simulation-based Survey"

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 8:25 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Presentation

Yuhan Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"NON-PARAMETRIC CHANGE POINT ANALYSIS: TACKLING IRREGULAR CONDITIONS IN UNI-VARIATE AND MULTIVARIATE DATA"

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 4:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zijian Zhao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Knowledge Editing through Contrastive Fine-tuning"

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ruixin Dai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"FDR Control in ep-BH Procedure with Dependent P-values and E-values”

Friday, April 19, 2024, at 10:00 am, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Chenfeng Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Examining the Interplay Between Politicians' Facial Expressions in Media Images and News Corporation Bias"

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 2:00 PM, Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xinmeng (Simone) Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Intraclass Correlation Coefficient Confidence Interval Derivation and Application in Longitudinal Data Analysis”

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 10:00 AM, Jones 304, 5747 S. University Ave

PhD Dissertation Presentation

Wanrong Zhu, Department of Statistics, University of Chicago

"Statistical Inference in Online Learning: Covariance Matrix Estimation and Confidence Interval Construction"

### Past Seminars

### Winter Quarter 2024

Zoom links will be provided in their corresponding email announcements.

#### February

Monday, February 26, 2024, at 3:00 pm, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Presentation

Angzhi Fan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Object Detection and Panoptic Segmentation through Likelihood Optimizations"

Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 2:00 pm, Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ke Shao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Deep Generative Modeling for Cryo-EM"

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 3:00 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Tonghun Lee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

“Contract Design for Digital Freight Platform”

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 2:30 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Matthew Yang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Latent Denoising Diffusion Probabilistic Models”

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Chenyang Lu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Association Testing for Multivariate Phenotypes"

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 1:30 pm, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Hong Won Jang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"News sentiment-driven portfolios using large language models"

Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 2:00 pm, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Paarth Sharma, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Modeling the Prior with Normalizing Flows for Autoencoder-based Vision Models"

#### January

Monday, January 29, 2024, at 12:30 pm, in Jones 226 and **via Zoom** (HYBRID TALK)

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yang Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Nonnegative Constraints on Image Reconstruction"

Thursday, **January 18, 2024**, at 2:00 pm, **via Zoom**

Master's Thesis Presentation

Junchi Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"NLP Application in Clinical Records— Using BERT and Edit Distance for Spell Check Pipeline"

### Autumn Quarter 2023

Zoom links will be provided in their corresponding email announcements.

#### November

- Monday, November 27th, 2023, at
**2:00 PM**, in Jones 111

An Xie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"On two-step estimation of extreme VaR: would incorporating realized measures and bias-adjusted extreme value index estimation boost accuracy?" - Friday, November 10th, 2023, at 9:00 AM,
**via Zoom**

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jin Sung Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Efficiency of Various BERT Models in Identifying and Classifying Political Bias in Korea Media"

#### October

- Monday, October 23, 2023, at 4:30 PM,
**via Zoom**

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Zhan Lin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Distributionally Robust Control with Statistical Methods" - Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at 3:00 PM, in
**Jones 111**, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Aaron Groff, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimating the Cost of Providing Liquidity for an Options Automated Market Maker" - Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 10:30 AM, in
**Jones 304**, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yu-Wei Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"User-Based Batch Sampling for Bayesian Personalized Ranking with Matrix Factorization (BPR-MF)" - Wednesday, October 4, 2023,
**at 10:30 AM**, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Kai Gong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

“Comparison of Optimization Algorithms and Potential Improvement of ADAM Based on Time-Series”

### Summer Quarter 2023

Zoom links will be provided in their corresponding email announcements.

#### August

- Friday, August 4, 2023, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

PhD Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yi Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Energy minimization problem for Ferromagnetic Ising model with localized defect via a coupling method"

#### July

- Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Minxuan (Alice) Duan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Oracle-Guided Reinforcement Learning for Partially Observed Environment" - Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Samuel Wheeler, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Token-to-Token Interactions in Self Attention" - Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 9:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Misha Sohan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Self-Supervised Learning: Pre-Training with Denoising Autoencoders Using Layer-wise Learning" - Thursday, July 20, 2023, at 9:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Taiga Morioka, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Simulating Acoustic Wave Propagation Using 3D-Printed Topographic Models” - Monday, July 10, 2023, at 3:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S.Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Presentation

Daniel Xiang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Testing on the Edge"

#### June

- Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

PhD Dissertation Presentation

Dongyue Xie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Empirical Bayes methods for analyzing sequencing count data" - Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 3:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Kevin Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Universality of Neural Networks over Finite Fields"

### Spring Quarter 2023

#### May

- Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 4:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Omar Ghattas, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Non-Asymptotic Analysis of Ensemble Kalman Updates" - Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Wei Kuang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Inference for Inexact Stochastic Newton Algorithm" - Friday, May 19, 2023, from 1:00-4:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Mini-Seminars for Second-Year PhDs

Moderator: Soumyabrata Kundu- 1:15 pm: Bhattacharyya, Aabesh, "Group Weighted Conformal Prediction"
- 1:30 pm: Bonnerjee, Soham, "Gaussian Approximation For Non-stationary Time Series with Optimal Rate and Explicit Construction"
- 1:45 pm: Cheng, Yuwei, "Learning from a Learning User for Optimal Recommendations"
- 2:00 pm: Dharmakeerthi, Kulunu Ransika, "Two-player Perspectives for Adversarial Learning"
- 2:15 pm: Gan, Ziming, "Model-free Conditional Independence Testing for Alternative Polyadenylation"
- 2:30 pm: Park, Kiho, "The Geometry of Meaning in Large Language Models"
- 2:45 pm: Tsui, Cheuk To, "Inductive Matrix Completion with Noise"
- 3:00 pm: Wang, Yuguan, "Efficient Algorithms for Cryo-EM Reconstruction with Method of Moments"
- 3:15 pm: Zhu, Xiaohan, "Higher Criticism to Compare Two Large Frequency Tables, with Sensitivity to Possible Rare and Weak Differences"
- 3:30 pm: O'Hagan, Sean, "Query-Efficient Sample-Based Approximate Bayesian Computation"
- 3:45 pm: Xie, Xiao (Annie), "Empirical Bayes Matrix Factorization and Applications to Mutational Signatures"

- Friday, May 19, 2023, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Huy Dang Tran, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"New Methodologies for High-Dimensional Data Under Structured Sparsity" - Wednesday, May 17, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Irina Cristali Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Two Applications of Machine Learning: Causally Estimating Peer Influence on Networks and Learning Concepts from Text and Images" - Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Boxuan Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Donation-Based Ideal Points" - Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 10:30 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Student Presentation

Ke Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"(Ⅰ) Metric Entropy Approaches in Estimating Instability of Inverse Problems and (Ⅱ) a Bayesian Latent Variable Framework in Multivariable Mendelian Randomization" - Tuesday May 2, 2023, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Mingyu Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Inference for the Plackett-Luce Ranking Model" - Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jimmy Melican, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Sharpness-Aware Minimization" - Monday, May 1, 2023, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yi Gu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Designing Robust Neural Network Architectures: Hardness and Trade-offs" - Monday, May 1, 2023, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Bingxue An, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Comparison of BML Methods with Traditional Methods for ENSO Prediction" - Monday, May 1, 2023, at 9:30 AM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Lin Gui, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Conformal Prediction with Debiased Random Rounding"

#### April

- Friday, April 28, 2023, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yao Rong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Inference based on Deep Learning" - Friday, April 28, 2023, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Tianyu Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Model-Based Trajectory Inference for Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Using Deep Learning with a Mixture Prior" - Friday, April 28, 2023, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Pedro Henrique Vieira De Lima Veloso, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Distributed Quantum Computation via Multi-objective Optimization" - Friday, April 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Alan Zhong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Semiparametric Estimation of Time-Varying Ising Models in High Dimensions" - Friday, April 28, 2023, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Samuel Tyler, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Non-Parametric VaR Estimation: Accounting for Fat Tails in Financial Risk Management" - Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 4:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shuhan Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Generalization of Subspace Clustering Method to Attributed Network" - Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ruiting Tong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Discrete beta-corners processes on q-lattice via two-level Nekrasov equations" - Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 2:45 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shunqi (Johnson) Zhang, Department of Statistics

"Machine Learning for Stock Volatility Prediction" - Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Feiyu Han, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Reproducing Kernel Nuclear Space" - Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ziao (Adjani) Shi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Understanding the Representation Learned by Contrastive Learning" - Monday April 24, 2023, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Huanqing Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Multi-Layer FDR Control for Grouped Hypotheses using E-Values" - Monday, April 24, 2023, at 10:00 AM, via Zoom

Xingyue Fang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Study of geographical and demographic, and temporal factors affecting PM2.5 concentration level across the US" - Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 4:30 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Simiao Jiao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"LU decomposition and Toeplitz decomposition of a neural network" - Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yucong Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"LU decomposition and Toeplitz decomposition of a neural network" - Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Yonghoon Lee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Robust estimation and distribution-free inference for supervised learning" - Monday, April 17, 2023, at 12:00 PM, in Harper Memorial Library, Room 151, 1116 E. 59th Street

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Lijia Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Statistical Learning Theory for Models with High Complexity" - Monday, April 17, 2023, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 304

Master's Thesis Presentation

Kentaro Nakamura, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Improving Text as Treatment Framework" - Friday, April 14, 2023, at 9:00 AM, via ZOOM

Master's Thesis Presentation

Liangzong Ma, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Identify Heterogeneity of Consumer Choice Using Machine Learning in Graph" - Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 4:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zixuan WuI, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Causal Mediation analysis for lifecourse Mendelian Randomization" - Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Subhodh Kotekal, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Null Estimation in Large Scale Inference" - Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Sounak Paul, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Deep Neural Networks for Orbit Recovery from Method of Moments" - Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 10:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Madhuri Raman, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Fixed-Effects vs. Random-Effects Models for Clustered Longitudinal Binary Outcomes" - Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 3:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shuo Xie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Hidden State Variability of Pretrained Language Models Can Guide Computation Reduction for Transfer Learning" - Monday, April 10, 2023, at 11:45 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Dong Xie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Simultaneous Predictions with Factor Model" - Monday, April 10, 2023, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Alexander Wei-Tsun Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Quantifying Gene Expression Dispersion Patterns in Differentiated Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells" - Monday, April 3, 2023, at 12:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Liang Yu Lin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Copula-based GARCH model — Application on stock and bond returns" - Monday, April 3, 2023, at 11:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuantao Shi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"High-Dimensional Online Change-Point Detection"

### Winter Quarter 2023

#### March

- Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yoonhaeng Hur, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Infinite-dimensional inference and learning via optimal transport" - Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Vasileios (Bill) Katsianos, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Association Analysis of Phenotypes Jointly Influenced by a Pair of Organisms"

#### February

- Friday, February 24, 2023, at 1:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Angzhi Fan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Applications of Generative Models in Deep Learning" - Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Gerald White, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Denoising Autoencoder Architectures for Self-Supervised Learning" - Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 12:15 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Sansen Wei, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Structured Sparsity via the Generalized Elastic Net" - Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 4:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentationa

Yunhong Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Understanding the Sample Complexity of Offline Robust Reinforcement Learning With A General Uncertainty Set" - Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 3:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jungho Lee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Extending Summability to Matrices"< - Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 3:00 PM, via ZOOM

Master's Thesis Presentation

Taewan Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Understanding the Transcriptional Regulation with 3D Genomic Structure" - Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

ZILAI SI, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Path-Following in Bayesian Inference" - Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 1:00 PM, via ZOOM

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ilgee Hong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago|

"Simplified Framework for Contrastive Learning for Node Representations" - Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Sowon Jeong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Understanding Graph Neural Network as a Dimension Reduction Technique" - Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 10:00 AM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jake Singleton, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicagoi

"Bayesian Bradley-Terry Models Infer Tennis Player Skills and Predict Tennis Match Results" - Monday, February 13, 2023, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ruizheng (Patrick) Bai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Functional Principal Trade-off Analysis: Universal Approximation via Disc Game Embedding" - Monday, February 13, 2023, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Kwong Wai (Theo) Man, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Modeling Subject-level Variances on Intensive Longitudinal Data: An Application of Mixed-effects Location Scale Model" - Friday, February 10, 2023, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Seung Chul Lee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Understanding Shift-Share Instruments: an Application" - Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xinyi Gu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Non-Contrastive Self-Supervised Learning with Video Frames" - Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 111, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuchien Chu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Informative Dorfman's Two-Stage Group Testing: An Analysis of Efficiency and Accuracy" - Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 12:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

CAM and Stats Student Seminar

Abigail Poteshman, Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of Chicago

"Comparing ab initio methods to calculate polarization for high-throughput ferroelectric screening" - Friday, February 3, 2023, at 10:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zhengao Jiang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Solving and Estimating Structural Dynamic Equilibrium Models" - Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 2:30 PM, in Jones 111, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Qingyao Sun, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Beyond Invariance: Test-Time Label-Shift Adaptation for Addressing 'Spurious' Correlations"

#### January

- Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 3:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yu-Chun Lai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Hidden Markov Models and Their Application in Finance" - Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 12:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

CAM and Stats Student Seminar

Sounak Paul, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Amortized Method of Moments for Multireference Alignment and Cryo-EM" - Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 12:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

CAM and Stats Student Seminar

Andrew Dennehy, Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics, The University of Chicago

"Crouzeix's Conjecture and the Cauchy Integral Transform" - Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 12:30 PM, in Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

CAM and Stats Student Seminar

Solomon Quinn, Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics

"A Boundary Integral Method for the Klein-Gordon Equation with Interface Waves"

### Autumn Quarter 2022

#### December

- Tuesday, December 2, 2022, at 10:00 AM, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yuhan Philip Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Novel Frameworks for Change Point Analysis Under Irregular Conditions"

#### November

- Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Cheng Peng, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"LASSO-Driven Simultaneous Inference on High Dimensional Dependent Data" - Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 1:30 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Joonsuk Kang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Learning Meaningful Representations of Data with Empirical Bayes Methods" - Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 2:00 PM, Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Weishi Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"GAN-MC: a Variance Reduction Tool for Derivatives Pricing" - Monday, November 7, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xueqing Wei, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Different Methods for Dynamic Extreme Value-at-Risk Estimation"

#### October

- Monday, October 31, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zhuoying Huang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Mark to Market Value at Risk" - Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xuan Lin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Application of Dynamic Asymmetric Exponential Power Distributions on Value-at-risk Estimation" - Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zexuan Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Prediction of Return at Different Stock Levels" - Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jiani Song, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Difference Approaches for VaR Estimation: Relative Performance in Three Emerging Asian Markets" - Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Michelle Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Trajectory Exploration and Inference for scRNA-seq Data on Whole versus Endpoints Only Trajectories" - Friday, October 14, 2022, at 4:30 PM, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xiaoyu Lei, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"How to Get a Discrete Uniform Distribution From a Biased Coin?"

#### September

- Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 12:00 PM, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Andrew Goldstein, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Variational Bayesian Approach for Combining Weak Learners into a Strong Learner in Regression Problems"

### Summer Quarter 2022

#### July

- Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 11:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Rebecca Scurlock, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Meta-Analysis with Rare-Event Data: A Survival Modeling Approach" - Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yang Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Efficient Conditional Permutation Test via Grouping and Weighting" - Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 9:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zhengyan Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Comparison of Value-at-Risk Forecasting Approaches" - Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Peter Laurin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Genetic Interactions Underlie Time to Flowering in a Worldwide Collection of Arabidopsis Thaliana" - Friday, July 1, 2022, at 9:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Devan Shan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Copula Linked Univariate Dvine for Modeling Multivariate Time Series"

### Spring Quarter 2022

#### May

- Friday, May 27, 2022, at 2:00-4:15 PM, Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Mini-Seminars

Moderator: Bill Katsianos- 2:00-2:15 pm: Melissa Adrian, "Data Assimilation and Its Application to Weather Forecasting "
- 2:15-2:30 pm: Lin Gui, "A General Transformation-based Test for Multiple Testing"
- 2:30-2:45 pm: Yu Gui, "A Selective Review of Recent Progress on Distribution-free Prediction Sets: Optimization Towards Accuracy and PAC Guarantee"
- 2:45-3:00 pm: Rohan Hore, "Localized Conformal Prediction: an Overview"
- 3:00-3:15 pm: Wentao Hu, "High-dimensional Tensor Factor Model"
- 3:15-3:30 pm: Soumyabrata Kundu, "Sensitivity Analysis for Test Negative Design"
- 3:30-3:45 pm: Zihao Wang, "A Unified Causal View of Domain Invariant Representation Learning"
- 3:45-4:00 pm: Jinwen Yang, "Linear Regression with Partially Mismatched Data: Local Search with Theoretical Guarantees"
- 4:00-4:15 pm: Yuepeng Yang, "Tuning-Free Convex Methods for Matrix Completion"

- Friday, May 27, 2022, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yi Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Ferromagnetic Ising Model with Local Defect" - Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yanhao Dong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"The Application of Normal Linear Mixed Effect Models — With The Female Fulmar Reproduction Activity" - Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 1:00 PM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Tanmay Gupta, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Simple Causal Model for Invariant Learning" - Friday, May 6, 2022, at 12:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Nicholas Park, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Optimal Control Approach to Trading in Chinese Markets" - Friday, May 6, 2022, at 10:00 AM, Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Matthew Ludwig, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Pitch Optimization Accounting for Random Error" - Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jarrod Dominguez, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Active Automatically Managed Deep Portfolios with Cryptocurrency Assets" - Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 12:20 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jack Potrykus, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Development of a Python Package for Matching Observational Data" - Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zehao Shao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Online LDA with Sparse Update" - Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 2:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jiexin Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"High Dimensional Model Selection Problem for Asset Pricing Model" - Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Song Liang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Res-VAE: A Highly Scalable Causal Network Discovery Method" - Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xiaomeng Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Reweighting the Knockoff Filter for Computational Efficiency" - Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 8:45 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Heming Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bridging Convex and Nonconvex Optimization for Matrix Completion in a Non-Uniform World" - Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ji-Eon Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Measuring Natural Direct Effect by Machine Learning: A Case Study of Societal Trust's Effect on Income Smoothing" - Monday, May 2, 2022, at 12:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Benjamin Picker, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"The Hips as a Four-Bar Linkage System: Using Reinforcement Learning to Explore Compensation Patterns in Patients with Leg Length Discrepancies" - Monday, May 2, 2022, at 11:30 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Junyu Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Discovering Graphical Granger Causality Using Different Lasso Methods" - Monday, May 2, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jingyang Lyu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Online Statistical Inference for the Stochastic Gradient Descent — From Bootstrap to Covariance Estimation" - Monday, May 2, 2022, at 10:00 AM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ethan Lewis, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Framework for Mendelian Randomization in Mediation Setting" - Monday, May 2, 2022, at 9:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yating Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Debiased Differential Network Estimator via Kendall's Tau for Transelliptical Graphical Models"

#### April

- Friday, April 29, 2022, at 12:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Melissa Adrian, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Data Assimilation for Graph Neural Networks: A Case Study of Highway Traffic Time Series Prediction" - Friday, April 29, 2022, at 12:00 PM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Raphael Rossellini, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Spatiotemporal Conformal Prediction — With Application to Subseasonal Climate Forecasting" - Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 3:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Wenqi Yan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Study of the Mixed-Effects Location Scale Model and Its Applications" - Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 11:00 AM, Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Young-Joo Yun, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Selective Inference for Clustering with Variable Selection and Unknown Variance" - Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 10:00 AM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Nathan Gill, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Variance Modeling in Several Settings" - Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 12:45 PM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Aoxue Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicagoi

"Self-Supervised Learning via Autoencoder" - Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 12:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation and Defense

Ruiyi Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Discovery of Modifications on Contrastive Self-Supervised Learning" - Monday, April 25, 2022, at 11:50 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation and Defense

Zhe (Klaus) Kong, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Shrink & Sparsify Method in Time-Varying Parameter Vector Autoregression — Stock Market Index Forecasting" - Monday, April 25, 2022, at 11:00 AM, Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yi-Lin Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Testing Overdispersion in the Analysis of Alternative Polyadenylation. A Theoretical and Empirical Study Under Dirichlet-Multinomial Framework" - Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xiaohan Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Investigation of Filter Model in FHS Methods of Calculating VaR and ES" - Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 10:00 AM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Lizhen Nie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Methods For Change Point Problems and Bayesian Uncertainty Quantification" - Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 1:50 PM, In-Person, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue, and via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Ahmed Bou-Rabee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Symmetries and Patterns in Sandpiles" - Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 12:30 PM, Jones 303, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Jiacheng Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Methods for Higher Order Tensor Clustering and Completion" - Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 9:00 AM, via ZOOM

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Xialiang Dou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Robustness and Model Adaptivity in Stochastic Programming" - Monday, April 18, 2022, at 2:00 PM, in Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Qiqi Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Strategies to Improve the Test Statistics for Searching for Consistent Associations with a Multi-environment Knockoff Filter" - Monday, April 18, 2022, at 2:00 PM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Abby Stevens, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Interpretable Data Science: Applications and Theory in Climate Science and Public Health" - Monday, April 18, 2022, at 10:00 AM, REMOTE ONLY via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Qing Yan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Deep Generative Model: Design, Improve and Apply" - Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at 3:00 PM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Yi Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Non-parametric Bayesian Inference with Application to System Biology"

### Winter Quarter 2022

#### March

- Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 3:30 PM, Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Lijia Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Non-asymptotic Moreau Envelope Theory for Generalized Linear Models" - Monday, March 7, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Chih-Hsuan Wu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Challenges in High-throughput Transcriptomics Data"

#### February

- Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yingchen Luo, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Disease Classification Using Microarray Data With Markov Blanket Filtering" - Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Seung-Wan Jin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Empirical Testing for Overdispersion in the Cell-type-specific Analysis of Alternative Polyadenylation (APA)" - Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ziyang Wei, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Weighted Averaged Stochastic Gradient Descent: Asymptotic Normality and Optimality" - Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Deqing Fu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Topological Regularization in Deep Learning" - Monday, February 21, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

James Keane, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Predicting French Air Pollution" - Friday February 11, 2022, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Josephine Santoso, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Analysis of Serial Founder Effect on Phonemic Diversity" - Friday, February 11, 2022, at 10:00 AM, In-Person: Jones 304

Master's Thesis Presentation

Benjamin Ticknor, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Bayesian Method for Automated Golf Course Difficulty Rating" - Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 4:00 PM, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Pinhan Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Full Ranking"

#### December

- Friday, December 17, 2021, at 1:30 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuhan Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Inference for Change Point and the Locating Algorithms"

### Autumn Quarter 2021

- Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Zehao Niu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Gaussian Processes with Graph-Structured Data" - Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 3:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Huanlin Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Testing for Interaction in a GWAS Context" - Friday, December 3, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), Jones 226, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yi Wei, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A New Modeling Framework for Multi-trait Mapping of Binary and Quantitative Phenotypes" - Wednesday December 1, 2021, at 3:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Wanrong Zhu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Two Problems in Statistical Learning and Inference"

#### NOVEMBER

- Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 4:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Victor Kang, Department of Statistics

"A Critical Review of the Convolution Operator in Graph Convolutional Networks" - Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 2:30 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yanbing Yi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Empirical Analysis of Banded Vegetation Patterns in Africa -- A Comparison Between Spectral Analysis and Contour Analysis" - Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 1:30 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Linyun Ni, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Methods to Detect Cheating in Bridge" - Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 12:30 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Dongyue Xie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Empirical Bayes Smoothing Methods in High-throughput Sequencing Data" - Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jongyoon Baik, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Retrieving True Preference under Authoritarianism" - Monday, November 8, 20201, at 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Luca Mattachini, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Spatial-Temporal Modeling of Weather Data" - Monday, November 1, 2021, at 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Hao Duan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Investigation of a Nonparametric Copula Approach to Conditional Value-at-Risk and Conditional Expected Shortfall" - Monday, November 1, 2021, at 1:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Qiqing Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Comparison of Semi-nonparametric Bootstrapping Approaches with Nonparametric Index Estimations for Determining Value-at-Risk" - Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Jason Willwerscheid, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Empirical Bayes Matrix Factorization: Methods and Applications" - Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jason Lin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Studying the Effect of Diastolic Blood Pressure on Lung Function Using Mendelian Randomization"

### Summer Quarter 2021

#### August

- Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Nathan Gill, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Variance Decomposition in Several Settings"

#### July

- Friday, July 30, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shaoxiong (Dennis) Zheng, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Inference of Gene Regulatory Networks" - Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Yuxin Zhou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Bayesian Variable Selection from Summary Data, with Application to Joint Fine-mapping of Multiple Traits" - Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 1:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Byol Kim, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Uncertainty Quantification under Weak Assumptions" - Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Sen Na, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Towards Solving Long-horizon Nonlinear Dynamic Programming: Scalability and Robustness" - Monday, July 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

You-Lin Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Stochastic and Online Learning with Applications to Machine Learning and Statistics" - Monday, July 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Micol Tresoldi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Sparsity"

### Spring Quarter 2021

#### May

- Friday, May 28, 2021, at 3:00-5:00 PM Central Daylight Time, via Zoom

Mini-Seminars Day 2

Moderator: Daniel Xiang

*Video Mini-Seminars Day 2*- Huy Dang Tran, “Graph Neural Networks“
- Yuhan Liu, “The Time, The Gaussianity, and The Connectome“
- Sounak Paul, “Differentially Private Networks“
- Omar Ghattas, “Valid Statistical Inference with Random Forests“
- YoonHaeng Hur, “Optimal Transport for Data Science“
- Irina Cristali, “Using Embeddings for Estimating Causal Effects Over Social Networks“

- Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 12:00-2:00 PM Central Daylight Time, via Zoom

Mini-Seminars Day 1

Moderator: Abby Stevens

*Video Mini-Seminars Day 1*- (Joon) Joonsuk Kang, “Not All Factor Loadings Are Created Equal“
- Wei Kuang, “Over-parameterized Matrix Sensing with Factorized Gradient Descent“
- Subhodh Kotekal, “Statistical Limits of Sparse Mixture Detection“
- Anghzi Fan, “WGAN and Its Regularization“
- (Bill) Vasileios Katsianos, “Quantifying the Uncertainty in Drug-Drug Interaction Predictions“
- Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 1:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US &Canada), via Zoom
- Master's Thesis Presentation
- Tianrui Hou, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago
- "Macroeconomic Nowcasting via Bootstrap Particle Filtering"

- Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 6:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

(Percy) Shengjun Zhai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Simultaneous Inference of Covariances for Long Memory High-dimensional Time Series" - Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ziqing Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Neural Networks for Partial Differential Equations" - Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 10:45 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

(George) Shuhong Liu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Application of Isotonic Regression in Distribution-Free Record Series Analysis" - Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Brandon Rhodes, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Methods and Applications for Shot Charts from the National Basketball Association (NBA)" - Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yi Hong Gordon Cheo, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Joint and Layerwise Training of Hybrid Autoencoder Architectures" - Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 8:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

(Alex) Jiaai Pan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Unsupervised Layerwise Learning of CNN" - Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 4:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Michael Bian, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Training-Conditional Coverage for Distribution-Free Predictive Inference" - Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuguan Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimating the Correlation Structure of Z-scores for Trans-eQTLs Detection" - Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Adam Ratner, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimating Risk Neutral Distributions" - Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 1:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

(Jane) Zhaojun Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Inference for RNA Editing Rate Comparison" - Monday, May 10, 2021, at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Pinrui Yu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Cascading Failure Event Computation with Optimal Control" - Monday, May 10, 2021, at 1:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Benjamin Harris, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Short-Term Solar Irradiance Prediction" - Monday, May 10, 2021, at 9:30 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Xinxin Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Modeling Missing Data in An Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) Data" - Friday, May 7, 2021, at 8:00 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Russ Yoon, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Effectiveness and Alternatives of Attention Mechanism in Natural Language Processing" - Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 3:30 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Irina Cristali, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Adaptive Data Analysis: A Theoretical and Empirical Overview" - Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 2:30 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Shiv Agarwal, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Variational Bayes for Linear Inverse Problems"

#### April

- Friday, April 30, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yibo Yang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Deep Learning with Feedback Alignment and Randomized Time" - Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9:30 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master'sThesis Presentation

Zihao Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Generalized Matrix Nearness Problems" - Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 2:45 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Mufeng Tang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Biologically Plausible Neural Networks with Contrastive Learning and Difference Target Propagation" - Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Charles Perkins, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Hyperparameters of Energy-Based Models" - Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Enakshi Saha, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Flexible Bayesian Methods for High Dimensional Data" - Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 9:20 AM Central Daylight Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

(Adam) Yan Zhang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Modeling Ecological Momentary Assessment Data Using Mixed Effects Location-Scale Model and Time Varying Effects Model"

### Winter Quarter 2021

#### March

- Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Daniel Xiang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistical Sparsity in Detection and Large Scale Testing Problems"

#### February

- Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 4:30 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zeqi Mao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Online Covariance Matrix Estimation in Stochastic Gradient Descent with Application in Music Recognition" - Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Juxian Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Contrastive Learning with Computer-Generated Images" - Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 9:30 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jiongyi Cao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"An Application of a Two-stage Mixed-Effects Location-Scale Model with Machine Learning" - Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Isabela Kernin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Exploring Host Response to SARS-CoV-2 Through Differential Expression Analysis" - Monday, February 22, 2021, at 9:45 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jun Jie Choo, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"The No-U-Turn Sampler: Adaptively Setting Path Lengths in Hamiltonian Monte Carlo" - Monday, February 22, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Ming Gao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Model-Based Trajectory Inference for Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Using Deep Learning with a Mixture Prior" - Friday, February 19, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Yuhang Cai, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Distances Between Probability Distributions of Different Dimensions" - Friday, February 19, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Hsiang Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Monte Carlo Simulation for HJM Model and Learning Networks for Pricing Caplets/ Floorlets" - Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 3:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Abby Stevens, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Data Science Theory and Applications in Climate Science, Epidemics, and Public Health" - Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 4:00 PM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Puyuan Peng, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"A Correspondence Variational Autoencoder for Unsupervised Acoustic Word Embeddings" - Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 11:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Haoyang Wu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Conformal Predictive Inference for Kernel-conditional Coverage" - Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

James Leiner, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Novel Data Splitting Techniques for Poisson Regression" - Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 9:00 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via ZOOM

Master's Thesis Presentation

Jin-Hong Du, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Spectral Nearness Problems as Multiparameter Singular Value Problems" - Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 8:30 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via ZOOM

Master's Thesis Presentation

Zihao Zheng, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Inference of Trends in Time Series"

#### January

- Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 9:30 AM Central Standard Time (US & Canada), via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Wenxuan Guo, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Statistics of the Shepp p-Product"

### Autumn Quarter 2020

#### December

- Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 1:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Andrew Goldstein, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"VEB-Boost: Variational Empirical Bayes Boosting"

#### November

- Monday, November 30, 2020, at 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Zhan Lin, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Risk Averse Control with Mixture of Gaussian Noise" - Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 12:30 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Yonghoon Lee, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Binary Classification with Corrupted Labels and Distribution-free Inference with Atoms" - Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Pinhan Chen, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Rank, Ranking and Phase Transition" - Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 11:00 am, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Qing Yan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Deep Generative Model: Apply, Design and Improve" - Friday, November 13, 2020, at 12:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Jiacheng Wang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Tensor Multi-clustering and Tensor Completion with Missing Fibers" - Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 2:30 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Luofeng Liao, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Provably Efficient Neural Estimation of Structural Equation Model - An Adversarial Approach" - Monday, November 9, 2020, at 3:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Bo Yuan, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Local Conditional Permutation Test for Independence" - Monday, November 9, 2020, at 10:30 am, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Danye Xu, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Comparison of Approaches for VaR Estimation of Financial Portfolio Data" - Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Proposal Presentation

Lizhen Nie, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Nonparametric Change Point Detection"

#### October

- Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 4:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Qian (Sara) Sha, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Nonresponse Detection and Multiple Regression Analysis of Hacker News Survey Data" - Monday, October 26, 2020, at 3:00 pm, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Bowei Kang, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Topics on Single-cell RNA Sequencing Data Analysis"

#### September

*Rescheduled*

Friday, September 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm, via Zoom

Dissertation Presentation and Defense

Takintayo Akinbiyi, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Equal Local Levels --- A Global Testing Approach With Application To Trans eQTL Detection"- Friday, September 18, 2020, at 10:00 am, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Weihao Li, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Estimation of Latent Factors for High-Dimensional Time Series" - Friday, September 4, 2020, at 10:00 am, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

Keshav Vemuri, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Predictive Value Generalization Bounds