Vincenzo Coia's CV


Work Experience

2017/01 - present
Lecturer of Data Science
(Previously: Postdoctoral Teaching and Learning Fellow)
Masters of Data Science Program, the University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

2009/05 - 2014/05
Short-term statistical consulting (6 projects)
UBC and private


PhD in Statistics
2012/09 - 2017/02
The University of British Columbia
Conferred May 29, 2017

MSc in Mathematics and Statistics (Statistics)
2011/09 - 2012/08
Brock University
Conferred on October 13, 2012

BSc (3-year) in Biological Sciences
Minor in Earth Sciences
2005/09 - 2011/04
Brock University
Conferred “With Distinction” on October 22, 2011

BSc (Honours) Mathematics Integrated with Computers and Applications
Concentration in Statistics
2005/09 - 2011/04
Brock University
Conferred “With First-Class Standing” on June 7, 2011

Volunteer Positions

2016/09 - 2016/02
Science World at TELUS World of Science
Vancouver, BC
78.15 hours

2013/10 - 2014/05
Beaty Biodiversity Museum: Events Volunteer
Vancouver, BC
35.0 hours

2013/04 - 2013/09
UBC Farm
Vancouver, BC
102.5 hours

2011/06 - 2011/08
Project S.H.A.R.E. community garden
Niagara Falls, ON
15.0 hours

Research Assistantships

2013/05 - 2013/08
Robust penalized regression
Supervisor: Dr. Gabriela Cohen-Freue
Department of Statistics
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

2012/05 - 2012/08
2011/05 - 2011/08
2010/05 - 2010/08
Extreme value modelling
Supervisor: Dr. Mei Ling Huang
Department of Mathematics
Brock University
St. Catharines, ON

2010/09 - 2011/06
Quantum monte carlo simulations
Supervisors: Dr. Stuart Rothstein; Dr. Wai Kong (John) Yuen
Department of Chemistry and Department of Mathematics
Brock University
St. Catharines, ON

Teaching Assistantships

Duration: From the latter part of my undergrad, to the end of my PhD.


  • SCIE 300: Communicating Science (5x)

Brock University:

  • MATH 4P82/5P82: Non-parametric Statistics
  • MATH 3P82: Regression Analysis
  • MATH 4P81/5P81: Sampling Theory
  • MATH 3P81: Experimental Design (2x)
  • MATH 2F40: Mathematics Integrated w/ Computers and Applications II

Publications and Talks

Articles Submitted to Refereed Journals

  • Huang, M.L., Coia, V., and Brill, P.H. (2013) A cluster truncated Pareto distribution and its applications. ISRN Probability and Statistics 2013: Article ID 265373.

  • Ayad, M., Coia, V., and Kihel, O. (2014) The number of relatively prime subsets of a finite union of sets of consecutive integers. Journal of Integer Sequences 17: Article 14.3.7

  • Coia, V., and Huang, M.L. (2014) A sieve model for extreme values. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation. 84(8):16921710.

Articles Submitted to Conference Proceedings

  • Huang, M. L., Coia, V., and Brill, P.H., A mixture truncated Pareto distribution, In JSM Proceedings 2012, Statistical Computing Section, Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association, pp. 24882498.

Conference and Roundtable Contributions

  • Coia, V., Nolde, N., and Joe, H. Forecasting Extremes for Flooding (Invited Talk). The 44th Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada. May 29June 1, 2016 at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

  • Coia, V., and Jeanniard du Dot, T. (Invited Demonstration) “Using the Grammar of Graphics and Interactivity to explore Biologging Data in R”. May 6, 2015. Building a Bioanalytical Theory for Analysis of Marine Mammal Movements: A Peter Wall International Research Roundtable. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

  • Coia, V. “Flood Warning: An Application of High-Quantile Regression” (Contributed Talk). SFU/UBC Joint Graduate Student Seminar (Winter). February 28, 2015 at the SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC.

  • Coia, V. “A New Sieve Model for Extreme Values” (Contributed Talk). SFU/UBC Joint Graduate Student Seminar (Fall). September 29, 2012 at the SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC.

  • Coia, V., and Huang, M.L. “On Estimation of Heavy Tailed Distributions” (Contributed Talk). The 40th Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada. June 36, 2012 at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.

  • Huang, M.L., Coia, V., and Brill, P.H. “A Mixture Truncated Pareto Distribution” (Contributed Talk). The 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings. July 28August 2, 2012 at San Diego, California


University Issued

  • 2012/09 - 2016/08: Four-Year Fellowship
  • 2012/09 - 2016/08: Faculty of Science Graduate Award
  • 2011/09: Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarship
  • 2011/06/07: Dean’s Gold Medal
  • 2011/06/07: Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award in Mathematics
  • 2011/03: President’s Surgite Award

Nationally Recognized

  • 2013/06: Governor General of Canada’s Gold Medal
  • 2012/09 - 2015/08: NSERC Postgraduate Award (Doctoral, 3-year)
  • 2011/09 - 2012/08: NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Masters)
  • 2010/05 - 2010/08: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

Individual Donors

  • 2012/04: Dr. Jack Lightstone & Dorothy Markiewicz Scholarship
  • 2012/04: Dr. Raymond & Mrs. Sachi Moriyama Grad. Fellowship
  • 2012/03: Tomlinson Entrance Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics and Science
  • 2011/06: John and Roslyn Reed Book Prize
  • 2010/09: Art Bicknell Scholarship in Mathematics
  • 2010/09: Ian D. Beddis Family Scholarship
  • 2010/09: Terry and Sue White Mathematics and Science Scholarship
  • 2007/09: M.J. (“Mel”) Farquharson Scholarship
  • 2006/09: Scholler Foundation Scholarship in Chemistry

Athletic Awards

  • 2016/04/03: Sportsmanship Award, UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs (Fencing)
  • 2016/02/28: Bronze Medal in Senior Mixed Epee (Intercollegiate Tournament, UBC)
  • 2015/11/16: Bronze Medal in Senior Mixed Epee (Remembrance Day Tournament, UBC)
  • 2012/03/28: RM Davis Surgite Award
  • 2009/12/12: First Place Award Winter Epeedemic, Toronto Fencing Club
  • 2009/03: Varsity Fencing Rookie of the Year Award

Declined Awards

  • 2012/04: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
  • 2011/05: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Masters)

Professional Activities

Dept. of Statistics, The University of British Columbia:

  • 2016/05 - 2016/06: Search committee member (for CRC 2 faculty position)
  • 2015/04/30: Organizer of the “How to Write an Awesome Abstract” workshop
  • 2014/06 - 2015/05: Organizer of the SFU/UBC Joint Seminar
  • 2014/06 - 2014/09: Organizer of the Graduate Student Trip
  • 2014/04 - 2015/05: Co-founder of the Graduate Writing Forums
  • 2013/06 - 2014/05: Statistics Graduate Student Representative
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