Assistant Professor Department of Statistics and Data Science
Yifang Ma, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Department of Statistics and Data Science of Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). He earned his Ph.D in mathematics in 2016 from School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University from 2016 to 2019. His research focus is on Network Science, Data Science and Computational Social Science, and he has published papers in top tier journals like Nature, PNAS, Nature Physics, JAMA, Physics Reports.
2019.11-present Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics and Data Science, Southern University of Science and Technology
2016.7-2019.09 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
2011.09-2016.07 Ph.D. in Mathematics
School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China
2007.9-2011.7 Bachelor in Applied Mathematics
School of Mathematics and Systems Science, Beihang University, Beijing, China
2014.10-2016.06 Visiting Scholar
Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
Computational Social Science
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The Department of Statistics and Data Science was established in April 2019. As a newly established department, we currently have 8 faculty members including 1 Chair Professor, 2 Professors, 2 Associate Professors , 2 Tenure-track Assistant Professors and 1 Visiting Assistant Professor and anticipant to rapidly expand to a team of more than 20 members. All faculty members of the department have extensive overseas study or work experiences. One member is an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, an IMS Medallion Lecturer and a winner of the prestigious State Natural Science Award (2nd class). The department has 2 research directions, Statistics and Data Science, which cover a broad array of research areas including Biostatistics, Financial Statistics, Experiment Design, Clinical Trials, High Dimensional Data, Time series, Probability Theory, Data Science and Big Data Technology.
At present, the department has an undergraduate program as well as two graduate programs(M.Phil and PhD). The department is in the process of developing a Major Program in Data Science and Big Data Technology. In 2019, the first batch of 38 undergraduate students in Statistics received the bachelor degree from SUSTech. 5 M.Phil students in Statistics also graduated in the same year. There are currently 9 M.Phil students, 7 PhD students in Statistics and 2 Postdoctoral Fellows. As the department grows in size and strength, the number of graduate students is expected to rise substantially from the current level and the areas of graduate studies will also expand to include Data Science and Big Data Technology.
This is the age of big data which offers exciting opportunities to researchers in Statistics and Data Science. Our department is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. We invite outstanding scholars to join us in our journey to become a first-class department in Statistics and Data Science. We also welcome brilliant undergraduate and graduate students to apply for our programs. At the same time, we actively recruit excellent postdoctoral candidates.