Team Works to Understand Social Behavior

by Mark Schlueb The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a combined $12.5 million in federal contracts to two UCF research teams to develop models and massive simulations to help understand online social behavior and predict the spread of information in online social networks. DARPA awarded $6.3 million to a team led by Associate […]

A Startup Beats the Odds

University of Central Florida graduate student Jordan Manning and his startup, Abe AI, have beat the odds and are headed to South Africa. The Orlando based startup was one of ten applicants out of more than a thousand competitive groups to be selected to participate in the Barclays Accelerator. Of those ten only two were […]

Helping Avoid Long Lines at Theme Parks

Two UCF alumni and a student each earned first place in a competition that stretched their statistical math skills to come up with better resources to help people visiting theme parks avoid long lines. Kanak Choudhury ‘17,Taha Mokfi ’17 and  statistical computing major Phuong Pho competed individually in Touring Plans’ Big Data Challenge. The contest […]

Taking a Step Back to Move Forward

A team of University of Central Florida students made it to the semifinals in a data analysis challenge sponsored by the Society of Actuaries. The students who were a part of the successful team included Andres Alvarez, Richard Klimek, Kyle Morgan, Tyler Reback and team leader Connor Fullman. Over a two-month period, the groups that […]

A Big Crowd for Big Data

The University of Central Florida College of Sciences, College of Business Administration and College of Engineering and Computer Science hosted the UCF Big Data Symposium on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. More than 200 UCF alumni, faculty, students and community partners attended the event to hear the developments in Big Data at […]

Alumnus Holds Key To Big Data

By Jenna Marina In the past, the biggest threat from a data breach was to the individual. But now with the onset of Big Data, there are much bigger threats and even bigger opportunities. Few people, however, understand what Big Data is or how it can be used, said Lee Odess, ’99, vice president of […]

New Statistics Professor Has Big Plans for Big Data

The University of Central Florida’s Department of Statistics welcomed Mengyu Xu, Ph.D., to its faculty as an assistant professor of statistics. Mengyu Xu started at UCF in the fall of 2016 and has been aiding the department with the development of its big data program and collaborating with researchers from applied scientific fields to improve […]

COS Celebrates Fall 2016 Grads

On Friday, December 16, 2016 the University of Central Florida’s College of Sciences celebrated more than 1,000 students graduating from the college. The college hosted its traditional graduation reception immediately following the afternoon ceremony for its graduates to celebrate with their faculty, friends and family. The event, held in the UCF Psychology Building, hosted more […]

Outstanding Alumknight Actualized her Dreams

University of Central Florida alumna Tiffany Wills, ’06, was awarded the College of Sciences’ 2016 Outstanding AlumKnight Award for the Department of Statistics. The award was presented at a ceremony in March. Shunpu Zhang, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Statistics described Wills as “a great example of an exemplary UCF graduate striving to reach […]

2016 30 Under 30

The 2016 30 Under 30 class gathered to be honored Saturday at FAIRWINDS Alumni Center during the Indoor Tailgate. They then were recognized on the field at Bright House Networks Stadium during the football game. This incredible group of individuals includes 12 alumni of the College of Sciences. Amanda Booz, ’13, Nicholson School of Communication Ms. Booz […]

New Statistics Instructor Spotlight

New Instructor in the Department of Statistics Brittany Juraszek loves to teach. Juraszek currently teaches one section of “Statistical Methods I” and two sections of “Statistical Methods II.” She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010 and her master’s degree from Mississippi State University in 2012. Juraszek came to the […]

Statistics Professor Collaborates in Taiwan

Mark Johnson, Ph.D., professor in the UCF Department of Statistics, visited Taipei Medical University in Taiwan to discuss partnerships and collaborations with the university. Johnson met with Ben-Chang Shia, Ph.D., dean of the College of Management and director of the Big Data Research Center at Taipei Medical University. They discussed possible collaborations between Taipei Medical […]

Statistics Alumna Returns as Instructor

The Department of Statistics at the University of Central Florida recently hired Kathleen Suchora as an instructor – and she is glad to be back. Suchora graduated from UCF’s Department of Statistics in 1997 with a master’s degree in statistical computing. She previously taught at UCF from 2001 to 2004, when she left to have […]

UCF Statistics Places Second at National Conference

Alumni, students and faculty from the University of Central Florida’s Department of Statistics were in Las Vegas earlier this month attending the 2016 Analytics Experience Conference. The conference was held from September 12 to 14 at the Bellagio hotel. The team of UCF statisticians placed second in the SAS analytics shootout competition– an event put […]

UCF Alumna Wins Jeopardy

Story by The UCF Burnett Honors College On an average day, Latin and sports do not go together in the same sentence. Unless, perhaps, you’re a contestant on “Jeopardy!” Luckily for UCF College of Sciences and The Burnett Honors College alumna Courtney Paulson, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in statistics, she is well […]

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