Welcome to the Department of Statistics

"Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." H.G. Wells

Orientation 2019

Received an offer of place for 2019? Find out what you need to do before you arrive, what to expect at your Orientation day and where to go for more support. Read more.

Mission to reveal cosmic ripples

Kiwi scientists have joined a bold mission to measure mysterious cosmic ripples from a trio of orbiting spacecraft. Associate Professor Renate Meyer explains all to the NZ Herald.

Join us for the 2019 Ihaka Lectures

Following on from the success of 2018, this year's theme is 'Rise of the machine learners: Statistical learning in the computational era'. The series will run from 13 March to 3 April. Find out more.

  • Summer scholar joins the big (data) league
    18 February 2019
    Yongshi Deng has only just completed her honours degree, but she’s already had a taste of the big league, working in the data analytics team at communications company Vodafone over summer.
  • Educator and philanthropist awarded Honorary Doctorate
    23 January 2019
    German-born scientist and education philanthropist Dr Beate Schuler will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Auckland.
  • Meet the new Science Scholars director
    06 December 2018
    Dr Rhys Jones of the Department of Statistics has been named director of the innovative Science Scholars programme at the University of Auckland.
  • Kathleen Curtis Atrium naming ceremony
    30 November 2018
    The Faculty of Science proudly renames the plaza atrium of the Science Centre after prestigious alumna Kathleen Curtis to commemorate 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand.
  • Powered by statistics
    14 November 2018
    There’s been much talk in the media of troubles in the energy market, with the spot prices that retailers pay generators soaring to new heights. Find out what Senior Lecturer Geoff Pritchard thinks about New Zealand’s energy industry.
  • Domain Specific Visual Languages for Data Analytics Applications (Science Event Tags, Computer Science, Seminars) Event as iCalendar
    21 February 2019, 4 - 5pm
    There is a huge growth and interest in big data analytics and deep learning to discover patterns and insights. Join Hourieh Khalajzadeh as she shares her recent research on a suite of domain specific visual languages and the support tool to bring scalable process mining analytics on top of big data toolkits.
  • Population Based Training of Neural Networks (Science Event Tags, Computer Science, Seminars) Event as iCalendar
    22 February 2019, 1 - 2pm
    Neural networks dominate the modern machine learning landscape, but their training and success still suffer from sensitivity to empirical choices of hyperparameters such as model architecture, loss function, and optimisation algorithm. Join Sibon Li as he discusses his recent work at DeepMind on this very topic.
  • Faculty of Science Orientation Day Event as iCalendar
    25 February 2019 - 28 February 2019
    Faculty of Science Orientation Day is filled with information to help you be prepared for the start of your new degree. Undergraduate orientation is Thursday 28 February and postgraduate orientation is Monday 25 February. Find out more.
  • Ihaka Lecture Series | One | Open source Machine Learning @ Waikato Event as iCalendar
    13 March 2019, 6:30pm
    Launching our 2019 Ihaka Lecture Series, Professor Bernhard Pfahringer will introduce a number of open-source Machine Learning software suites, reflect on their design decisions and issues, and try to position them in the current international Machine Learning landscape.
  • Funded Doctoral Internships in Mumbai and Medellín
    12 February 2019
    PhD candidate Shohin Aheleroff is in Colombia building international networks and using his expertise to solve real-world industry problems. You could be too with a funded doctoral internship in Mumbai or Medellín. There are still places remaining (NZ citizens and permanent residents only).
  • Apply now for a 2019 graduate teaching assistant opportunity
    01 January 2019
    The Faculty of Science invites expressions of interest from postgraduate students for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions in 2019.