Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Toronto

Fang Yao





Department of Statistical Sciences

University of Toronto 

100 St. George Street 

Toronto, ON M5S 3G3



Room 6027B, Sidney Smith Hall


+1(416) 946-5970


+1(416) 978-5133 



Research Interest

  • Functional and longitudinal data analysis
  • Statistical modeling of high-dimensional and complex/big data
  • Nonparametric regression and smoothing methods
  • Applications involving functional, high-dimensional and complex objects, e.g., medical studies, evolutional biology, human genetics,  finance and e-commerce, chemical engineering, etc.


Software PACE: Collection of a variety of models and methods developed for functional data analysis in Matlab

Honors & Awards

Editorial  Boards

  • Associate Editor for Journal of the American Statistical Association, 2014--present.
  • Associate Editor for The Annals of Statistics, 2013--present.

  • Associate Editor for Bernoulli Journal, 2013--present.
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 2012--present.
  • Associate Editor for Canadian Journal of Statistics, 2010--present.
  • Completed Associate Editor terms: The Annals of Statistics (2008--2009), Electronic Journal of Statistics (2010--2012), Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference (2012--2014), Statistica Sinica (2011--2014).

Graduate Supervision

Currently recruiting PhD students who have keen interest in methodological developments for functional data, high-dimensional data, complex/big data, such as manifolds, graphs and networks. While solid theoretical and computational background are necessary for conducting high quality research, students with strong motives in pursuing academic/research careers are especially welcome to drop by and chat with me.

Graduate Affairs

        Holding office hour for the gradaute affairs on Thursday 1:30pm-3:00pm during the Fall and Winter, 2015-2016.


  • PMU 199Y1Y (Fall 2015 & Winter 2016): A Journey to Information Behind of Numbers