UBC Statistics Professor Jiahua Chen has been named a new Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest academic honour. Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, and The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. It recognizes excellence, advises the government and the larger society, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.
RSC states that “Jiahua Chen has made fundamental contributions to statistics, particularly in mixture models, empirical likelihood, sampling theory, and the design of experiments. His work on the extended information criteria shreds new insight into the variable selection when the number of predictors is comparable to the sample size. The result is particularly significant in the big data era. His works in mixture models are groundbreaking. His technical strength enables him to solve challenging problems.”
Jiahua will be welcomed into the RSC as a new fellow in November 2022 at the RSC Celebration of Excellence and Engagement.
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