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Saman Muthukumarana, Ph.D.

Director | Data Science Nexus

Professor & Head

Department of Statistics

371 Machray Hall

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2 Canada


Tel: 204 474 6274

Fax: 204 474 7621

I joined the Department of Statistics, University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor in July 2010. I was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure)  in 2016 and then to full Professor in 2022. Prior to that, I received BSc honours special degree in Statistics from University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. I then completed MSc (statistics) at Simon Fraser University in April 2007. This work is a discussed paper in the Canadian Journal of Statistics. For my doctoral thesis, I continued to work with Dr Tim Swartz on Bayesian methods and applications and completed my PhD in June 2010. This work was published in the Canadian Journal of Statistics and Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics.


My primary research interests lie broadly in Bayesian methods and computation for complex models which integrate multidisciplinary applications. Along with this main theme, I have developed methods to facilitate modelling and inference on non-standard complex data which lead to innovative analyses in the areas of social networks, health studies, sports, customer and user behaviour analytics, environmental and ecological studies. See the list of publications and presentations for further details.

I have received independently or jointly over $7.9M in funding for my research program through various sources including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery program, NSERC Institutes and Engage grants, Mitacs Globalink, Mitacs Accelerate, Manitoba Institute of Child Health (MICH), The Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) Collaborative Research Team Project Grant, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Research Manitoba innovation Proof-of-Concept grants, University of Manitoba internal grants and Faculty of Science Interdisciplinary grants.

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