Liangliang Wang



Liangliang Wang
Associate Professor of Simon Fraser University
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

E-mail: lwa68 AT sfu.ca

Tel: (778) 782-3577




Research Interests


My research focuses on computational statistics and statistical machine learning. My favourite applications come from important scientific questions raised in genetics, biology, public health, and environmetrics. I'm interested in tackling the computational issues in complex statistical models applied to large-scale data. Particularly, I am interested in Monte Carlo methods such as Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), sequential Monte Carlo (SMC), and combinations of MCMC and SMC. I am also interested in Functional Data Analysis and estimating parameters in differential equations.

Academic Background


Ph.D. in Statistics (2007 - 2012)
Department of Statistics, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
Dissertation: Bayesian Phylogenetic Inference via Monte Carlo Methods
Co-supervisors: Prof. Arnaud Doucet, Prof. Alexandre Bouchard-Côté

Master of Science in Statistics (2005 - 2007)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Thesis: Estimating Nonlinear Mixed-Effects Models by the Generalized Profiling Method and its Application to Pharmacokinetics
Supervisor: Prof. James O. Ramsay

Master of Science in Information and Signal Processing (2002 - 2005)
School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, P.R. China
Thesis: A Post-filtering Informative Gene Selection Algorithm Based on Redundancy and Multi-gene Analysis
Supervisor: Prof. Jinwen Ma