Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Toronto

Fang Yao, Professor



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 data and complex structures
  • Nonparametric and semiparametric statistical methods
  • Applications involving functional, high-dimensional and complex objects, e.g., clinical studies, evolutional biology, human genetics, brain imaging, finance and e-commerce, chemical engineering, etc.

Selected Publications               

Software PACE is a versatile collection of various models and methods for functional data analysis (FDA) and Empirical Dynamics, and is  available in R (fdapace on CRAN) and Matlab (PACE in Matlab).

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Statistical Association (ASA), 2018
  • Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), 2017

  • Elected Member, International Statistical Institute (ISI), 2018

  • CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics: Awarded in 2014 by the Centre de recherches mathématiques (Montréal) and the Statistical Society of Canada to recognize a statistical scientist's professional accomplishments in research during the first fifteen years after earning a doctorate.

  • Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Award: Substantial and timely additional resources provided by NSERC for 2012-2014 to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of superior research programs.

Graduate Supervision

While solid theoretical and computational background are necessary for conducting high quality research, PhD students with keen interest in methodological developments for functional/high-dimensional/complex/big data and with interest in pursuing academic/research careers are welcome to drop by and chat on your potential research.

Editorial  Boards

  • Editor for Canadian Journal of Statistics, 2019-2021.
  • Associate Editor for Statistica Sinica, 2017-present.
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 2016-present
  • Associate Editor for Journal of the American Statistical Association, 2014-present. 
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 2012--present.
  • Completed Associate Editor terms: Annals of Statistics (2008--2009, 2013--2015), Bernoulli Journal (2013--2015), Electronic Journal of Statistics (2010--2012), Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference (2012--2014), Statistica Sinica (2011--2014).