PhD student named runner-up in Statistical Methods in Imaging

Zijian Zeng's co-authors are his advisers Meng Li and Marina Vannucci.

Zijian Zeng

A paper written by Zijian Zeng, a fourth-year doctoral student in statistics (STAT) at Rice, has been named a runner-up in the Statistical Methods in Imaging (SMI) 2022 student contest and will be presented at the SMI conference next month.

The paper is titled “Bayesian Image-on-Scalar Regression with a Spatial Global-Local Spike-and-Slab Prior.” In January, the same article won the best paper award from the American Statistical Association’s Mental Health Statistics Section.

Zeng’s co-authors are his advisers at Rice, Meng Li, Noah Harding Assistant Professor of STAT, and Marina Vannucci, Noah Harding Professor of STAT.

Zeng will present his paper and receive a $500 prize at the 2022 Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference, to be held May 25-27 in Nashville. He will formally receive the paper’s other award and cash prize during the ASA’s Joint Statistical Meetings to be held Aug. 6-11 in Washington, D.C.