Fifteen KAUST faculty members and one postdoctoral researcher rank among the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers from around the world, according to Clarivate Web of Science Group, a global leader of academic research analytics. The list names individuals whose work accounts for the top 1% of research cited worldwide.

Prof. Haavard Rue was invited as a keynote speaker to the "Advancing knowledge about spatial modeling, infectious diseases, environment and health" virtual workshop organized by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, during June 2020.



Prof. Haavard Rue was invited as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Mathematics, Computational Sciences, and Statistics (ICoMCoS) 2020, organized by Universitas Airlangga in Indonesia during 29-30 September.

Together with Dr. Janet van Niekerk, they presented a virtual workshop on R-INLA and its applications.

Prof. Rue is in London for a few days in December for the 12th International Conference of the ERCIM WG on Computational and Methodological
Statistics (CMStatistics 2019), and a visit to research collaborators at
the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as some collaborators at Imperial College.

The 3 faculty positions are in the Statistics Program ( within the Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division. Currently, the Statistics Program has 7 core faculty and 10 affiliated faculty. We are primarily interested in applicants with strong background in one of the following areas: (1) Statistical Data Science and AI, including network data analysis and high-dimensional statistics (; (2) Statistical Climatology, with expertise in statistical analysis of climate model output data, in particular regional climate models, and in physical systems (; (3) Statistics for Public Health, including smart health data analysis, personalized medicine, and disease mapping ( 

Dr. Janet van Niekerk presented a talk on complex survival models in the International Symposium in Computational and Methodological Statistics and Biostatistics in July 2019 at the University of Pretoria. She also collaborated on existing and new projects with collaborators from South Africa and North Carolina.