Statistics and Data Science

Statistics and data science are fields of applied mathematics designed to interpret data in all its many forms. This is done by applying mathematical models and statistical theory that relate the data at hand to the underlying questions and often hidden features of interest. A key advantage of statistical science is the ability to quantify the uncertainty in a prediction or decision and for decision making this aspect is often as important as the estimate itself. The AMS department has projects that cover a wide range of different areas of application including environmental and climate science, renewable energy, air quality, and advanced manufacturing. Moreover these areas involve statistical methodology such as curve and surface fitting, Bayesian statistics, and statistical computing, that can be easily transferred to other areas of science and engineering.

Research Faculty 

Soutir Bandyopadhyay

Research Group: Spatial Statistics

  • Spatial and Environmental Statistics
  • Time Series and econometrics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bootstrap/Resampling methods
  • Large Sample Theory



  • Meshfree Approximation Methods
  • Radial Basis Functions
  • Approximation Theory
  • Numerical Solution of PDEs
  • Spline Theory
  • Computer-Aided Geometric Design

Dorit Hammerling

Research Group: Methane Monitoring

  • Spatial statistics for large data
  • Environmental statistics
  • Computational statistics
  • Weather and climate applications
  • Oil and gas emissions and local sensing
  • Remote sensing data applications

Daniel McKenzie


  • Derivative-free optimization and applications
  • Implicit neural networks
  • Geometric methods in data science

Doug Nychka


  • Nonparametric regression
  • Spatial statistics
  • Computational statistics and big data.
  • Novel applications to environmental problems

Luis Tenorio


  • Statistical inverse problems
  • Applied probability
  • Experimental design

Samy Wu Fung


  • Inverse Problems, Optimization and Deep Learning
  • Optimal Control, Mean Field Games