The School Welcomes its Newest Faculty Member
There is a new face around Ford Hall this fall; meet Assistant Professor Qian Qin:
"I grew up in Guilin, a scenic city in southern China. After graduating from high school, I went to Peking University, where I completed a bachelor’s degree in physics. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, I studied at the University of Florida, and graduated with a PhD in statistics.
I mainly work on the theory of Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). Modern high dimensional datasets give rise to Monte Carlo Markov chains that live in high dimensional spaces. The challenging problem of convergence analysis for this type of chains opens a new area that calls for novel ideas and techniques. My current research focus is searching for such ideas and techniques, and applying them to practically relevant MCMC algorithms.
I’m extremely happy to become a member of the School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota. It’s an honor to join a group with such a tremendous academic reputation. I am excited to contribute to the school and the community around it."