News: Faculty


Matthew Stephens elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society!

May 10, 2023

Matthew Stephens, Ralph W. Gerard Professor, Departments of Statistics and Human Genetics, and the College

Our Chair, Matthew Stephens, Ralph W. Gerard Professor, Departments of Statistics and Human Genetics, and member of the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society!

An Applied Mathematician With an Unexpected Toolbox

March 3, 2023

Lek-Heng Lim, Professor, Department of Statistics and Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics

Lek-Heng Lim uses tools from algebra, geometry and topology to answer questions in machine learning.

Billingsley Lectures on Probability

January 26, 2023

Patrick Billingsley

We are pleased to have Prof. Russell Lyons, Department of Mathematics, Indiana University, as our honored speaker.

Bahadur Memorial Lectures

January 26, 2023

Prof. Dr. Sara van de Geer, Department of Mathematics, and Seminar für Statistik (SfS), ETH Zürich, will give the 22nd Annual Bahadur Lectures on May 1st and May 4th, 2023.  Further details to come.


New Schmidt Futures Fellowship at UChicago to Foster Next Generation of AI-Driven Scientists

October 26, 2022

Northwest Facade

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures, will train the next generation of scientists combining research in both AI and science fields, including physics, astronomy and biology.  

Photo courtesy of the Department of Computer Science.

Welcome to Thuyen Dang

September 1, 2022

Thuyen Dang, William H. Kruskal Instructor

Thuyen Dang is our new William H. Kruskal Instructor.

UChicago/Argonne Researchers Will Cultivate AI Model “Gardens” With $3.5M NSF Grant

August 30, 2022

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Project including Ben Blaiszik, Ian Foster, Eliu Huerta, and Rebecca Willett of UChicago CS will build a new platform to curate AI models and make it simple to test and deploy these powerful tools for science.

UChicago Co-Leads $10 Million NSF Institute on Foundations of Data Science

August 9, 2022

Image borrowed from Department of Computer Science news story.

The Institute for Data, Econometrics, Algorithms, and Learning (IDEAL), a multi-institutional collaboration of Chicago universities studying the foundations and applications of data science, was expanded and renewed for five years through a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Courtesy of Rob Mitchum (Department of Computer Science and the Data Science Institute).

Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching 2022

May 26, 2022

Congratulations to Prof. Wei Biao Wu for receiving a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. 

Prof. Lek-Heng Lim awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship

April 11, 2022

Lek-Heng Lim, Professor

Congratulations to Prof. Lek-Heng Lim on being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2022

Lek-Heng Lim selected as a 2022 SIAM Fellow

April 4, 2022

Lek-Heng Lim, Professor

Prof. Lek-Heng Lim, Department of Statistics, has been selected as a 2022 SIAM Fellow


New UChicago-City Colleges of Chicago Program Will Train Next Generation of Data Science Educators

December 16, 2021

City Colleges of Chicago students learn in a wet lab in Abbott Memorial Hall.

A new UChicago - CCC Data Science Preceptorship Program, now accepting candidates to start in 2022-2023, will place recent Ph.D. graduates in teaching roles at both institutions and provide them with faculty mentoring and training in creating effective and inclusive learning environments.

Brent Doiron, inaugural director of the Grossman Institute

June 30, 2021

Brent Doiron, inaugural director of the Grossman Institute

The PSD profiled Professor Brent Doiron, Departments of Neurobiology and Statistics, as he steps into the new role as inaugural director of the Grossman Institute for Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior, which seeks to integrate the work of theorists and experimentalists at UChicago spanning the Physical, Biological, and Social Science Divisions towards a better understanding of neural systems. 

Victor Veitch, first UChicago data science faculty, builds “safe and credible” AI systems

April 27, 2021

Victor Veitch, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics

Victor Veitch, a new assistant professor in the Department of Statistics and the first faculty hire in the University of Chicago’s new data science initiative, wants to see a future of “safe and credible” artificial intelligence.  In order to realize that vision, he’s interested in revising the foundations of machine learning so that models work in ways more palatable to humans and human values, instead of today’s black boxes and non-sequitur logic.

Four decades crossing disciplinary lines

March 31, 2021

Prof. Stephen Stigler retired this past October after a long career that included investigating the history of the development of statistical methods, in relation to problems in many fields—from astronomy to medicine to social sciences and psychology.