Second year Ph.D. student to receive top statistics award

Ph.D. student, Yuxiao Li, will travel to Vancouver this summer to receive a Student Paper Award. Photo by Andrea Bachofen-Echt.

KAUST second year Ph.D. student Yuxiao Li has been selected to receive a Student Paper Award from the American Statistical Association (ASA) for his paper entitled "Efficient Estimation of Non-stationary Spatial Covariance Functions with Application to High-resolution Climate Model Emulation." Li, who is a member of the Environmental Statistics Group led by Professor Ying Sun in the University's Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division, will receive his award at the ASA's Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) 2018. The award-winning paper is Li's first research paper at KAUST.

JSM 2018 is the largest annual gathering of statisticians and data scientists held in North America. The event provides the opportunity for statisticians in academia, industry and government to exchange ideas and explore collaboration opportunities. This year's event will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from July 28 to August 2.

Li is quick to acknowledge all those who have assisted him in his research and studies, culminating with the award.

"I feel very grateful for all the support and guidance I have received, especially from my adviser Professor Ying Sun. This award gives me confidence for my future research and encourages me to pursue a promising academic career," Li said.

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