### Summer Quarter 2022

**Zoom links will be provided in their corresponding email announcements.**

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

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 **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"

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

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"

WEDNESDAY, February 23, 2022, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Master's Thesis Presentation

YINGCHENG 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"

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

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

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 Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

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, Chicago, IL 60637

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"

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 Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

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"