### Summer Quarter 2021

ZOOM links will be provided in the email announcements for each seminar.

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"

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 ZOU, 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

MICÓL TRESOLDI, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

"Sparsity"

### Spring Quarter 2021

ZOOM links will be provided in the email announcements for each seminar.

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"

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

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"

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"

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

ZOOM links will be provided in the email announcements for each seminar.

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"

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"

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"

*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