The Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute will be hosted at SFU’s Big Data Hub.

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SFU experts on how a new data powerhouse will impact superbugs, sports analytics

December 06, 2018

Simon Fraser University researchers will highlight their latest research on fighting drug resistant infections and the growing field of sports analytics at the grand opening of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) national headquarters. The opening will take place at SFU’s Big Data Hub on Friday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

SFU’s collaboration with CANSSI—Canada’s National Statistical Science Institute—creates a statistical and data science powerhouse for Canada that will act as a catalyst for collaborations between researchers, government, industry and communities across the country.

The collaboration addresses the current data revolution, as statistics affect nearly every aspect of our lives—from climate change, to healthcare, from banking, to citizen services and more. SFU and CANSSI are empowering Canada’s statistical scientists to deliver new insights that address the key challenges our society faces.

These SFU researchers are available for interviews:

Leonid Chindelevitch, computing science professor and CANSSI Collaborative Research Team member, can speak on the key challenges of drug resistance and its impact on the spread of infectious diseases, and how the data revolution can help control it and the spread of epidemic outbreaks.

778.782.4973(office)/ 778.681.3693 (cell), (is currently traveling back to Vancouver for the opening. Please e-mail first to arrange for interviews.)

Dani Chu, master’s student in statistics and president of the Sports Analytics Club, can speak on the developing industry of sports analytics, and using sports analytics to give students hands-on experience with big data.

778.873.8582 (cell),

WHAT: CANSSI National Headquarters Launch
: SFU’s Big Data Hub, Applied Science Building 10905 (directions | parking)
: Friday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Richard Evans, director general of the Industry Statistics Branch at Statistics Canada, will discuss the importance of statistical and data science and how collaborations like the one involving SFU and CANSSI is a catalyst for empowering Canada’s statistical scientists to address society’s key challenges.

Fast Facts:

  • SFU is also the host site for Cedar, Canada’s most powerful academic supercomputer.
  • The statistical sciences are the foundation of data science. Canada needs talented statistical scientists—with data science skills—to drive a competitive economy. SFU and CANSSI are leaders in training the next generation of leaders in the field.
  • SFU and CANSSI are leaders in growing Canada’s digital and data leadership, and together will be a catalyst for collaborations between researchers, government, industry, and communities across the country to use statistical and data science approaches to deliver real world impact.

To Learn More:

Justin Wong, University Communications, 778.782.3035,