## Work Experience

2017/01 - present

**Lecturer of Data Science**

(Initially: Postdoctoral Teaching and Learning Fellow)

Masters of Data Science Program, Department of Statistics

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

2019/05 - 2019/08

**Part-time Flood Forecasting Consultant**

BGC Engineering

Vancouver, BC

2009/05 - 2014/05

**Short-term statistical consulting** (6 projects)

UBC and private

## Education

**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

## Teaching

### Course Involvement

The following is a table of courses that I’ve been either lecture or lab instructor for. They all took place at UBC.

Course | Title | Involvement |
---|---|---|

BAIT 509 | Business Applications of Machine Learning | Instructor, 2 years |

STAT 545A | Exploratory Data Analysis, Part I | Instructor, 3 years |

STAT 547M | Exploratory Data Analysis, Part II | Instructor, 2 years |

DSCI 511 | Programming for Data Science | Lecture and Lab instructor, 2 years |

DSCI 531 | Data Visualization I | Lecture instructor, 2 years; lab instructor, 1 year |

DSCI 562 | Regression II | Lecture Instructor, 1 year; Lab Instructor, 3 years |

DSCI 551 | Probability for Data Science | Lecture Instructor, 1 year |

DSCI 561 | Regression I | Lab Instructor, 1 year |

DSCI 571 | Supervised Learning I | Lab Instructor, 1 year |

DSCI 532 | Data Visualization II | Lab Instructor, 2 years |

DSCI 573 | Feature and Model Selection | Lab Instructor, 1 year |

DSCI 563 | Unsupervised Learning | Lab Instructor, 1 year |

DSCI 553 | Statistical Inference and Computation II (Bayesian Statistics) | Lab Instructor, 1 year |

DSCI 574 | Spatial and Temporal Models | Lab Instructor, 2 years |

DSCI 554 | Experimentation and Causal Inference | Lab Instructor, 2 years |

DSCI 591 | MDS Capstone Project | Supervised 8 student teams over 3 years |

### Course (Re-) Developments

I’ve been involved with the redevelopment of the following courses:

- DSCI 561: Here, I lead a team and supervised one graduate student to redevelop the labs.
- DSCI 562: Both lectures and labs
- DSCI 531: The lectures one year, then the labs the following year.
- DSCI 532: Here, I lead a team and supervised two TA’s to redevelop the labs.
- DSCI 574: The labs.

I’ve been involved with the development of the following courses:

- DSCI 591: I helped develop the capstone course with my colleagues.
- BAIT 509: I used DSCI 571 as inspiration for developing this course.

Some courses have been partially redeveloped.

- STAT 545A/547M: Some redevelopment of content; much redevelopment on course website and infrastructure.
- DSCI 551: Some redevelopment of lectures and lab to accommodate a problem-first approach.
- DSCI 554: The labs, after some shuffling of content to and from other parts of MDS.

### Teaching Assistantships

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

UBC:

**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**

## 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

## Publications and Talks

### Articles in Preparation

- Coia, V., Joe, H., and Nolde, N. (2020?) Extreme Quantile Regression and the Copula-Marginal Composition Method. Status: Wrapping up the demonstration analysis

### 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.

### Conference and Roundtable Contributions

Coia, V. “The squared error has friends, too!” (Contributed Talk). SFU/UBC Joint Graduate Student Seminar (Winter). Spring 2019 at the SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC.

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

## Awards

### 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**