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National Coastal Center Launches at UCF

UCF has launched a national research center focused on finding big-picture solutions to threats facing coastal communities. In 2017, federal and local governments in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico spent more than $284 billion to deal with the impact of hurricanes and flooding, according to NOAA. “There’s a perfect storm coming,” said Graham Worthy, UCF biologist […]

Team Uses Big Data to Predict Wildfires

Faculty advisor Daoji Li, Ph.D., led a UCF team to a second place finish in the 2017 SAS Analytics Shootout competition which was announced in September in Washington D.C. in the front of over a thousand people. (Watch the announcement video.) This annual competition pits teams from all over the world against each other to […]

The Probability to Lift Off

Jimmy Rudolph ’76 was hired to work at the Kennedy Space Center on NASA’s new Space Shuttle Program right after he graduated from Florida Technological University. In a room full of old-school engineers who didn’t always trust computers, Jimmy made a name for himself after he learned a computer programming language in just one day. […]

UCF Launches Big Data Ph.D. Program

UCF’s Department of Statistics will offer one of the only Big Data Ph.D. programs in the world beginning Fall 2018. The field of big data has recently exploded. As companies continue to collect more and more data about their customers, there is a gap to fill with an industry professional who can interpret it. Big […]

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 […]

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