# Contact Information

Pulong Ma

Assistant Professor

Department of Statistics

Iowa State University

2438 Osborn Dr

Ames, IA 50011-1090

Email: plma [at] iastate.edu

# About Me

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University starting on June 2023. Before joining Iowa State, I was Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Clemson University during 2021-2023. During 2018-2021, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) and Duke University mentored by Prof. Jim Berger and Prof. Li Ma, where I participated in the 2018-2019 research program on Model Uncertainty: Mathematical and Statistical (MUMS). In 2018, I received my Ph.D. in statistics from University of Cincinnati under the guidance of Prof. Emily Kang and Prof. Bledar Konomi with my dissertation topic in Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Statistics.

# Recent and Upcoming News

- August 2023, I will give a talk in the invited session titled "Gaussian Processes for Modeling High-Dimensional and Complex Data" at JSM 2023.
- August 2023, I will give a virtual talk in the invited session titled "Capturing Complex Space-Time Structures with Modern Spatio-Temporal Statistics" at the EcoSta 2023: The 6th International Conference on Econometrics and Statistics.
- July 2023, I will give a talk in the Spatial Statistics 2023: Climate and the Environment in Boulder, CO.
- July 2023, I will give a talk in the invited session titled "New Statistical Methods For Surrogate Modeling And Inverse Problems" at the 64th ISI World Statistics Congress in Ottawa, Canada.
- June 2023, I will give a talk in the invited session titled "Random Partitioning Methods for Modeling Complex Data" at the ICSA 2023 Applied Statistics Symposium at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
- April 2023, I gave a flash talk in the workshop AIRES4: Machine Learning for Robust Digital Twins at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
- March 2023, I was visiting Department of Statistical Science at Duke University during March 16-26.
- September 2022, I gave a poster presentation in the O'Bayes 2022 conference at University of California Santa Cruz.
- August 2022, I organized and chaired an invited session titled "Advances in Multivariate Spatial Process Modeling for Environmental Data" at JSM 2022.
- July 2022, I am excited to receive a NSF grant as PI with collaborating PI Li Ma at Duke in the CDS&E-MSS Program "Collaborative Research: Bayesian Residual Learning and Random Recursive Partitioning Methods for Gaussian Process Modeling," 8/2022-7/2025.
- April 2022, I gave a talk at the SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification (UQ22).
- April 2022, I organized a minisymposium on "Bayesian Calibration and Machine Learning Methods for Uncertainty Quantification" at the SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification (UQ22), Atlanta, GA.
- March 2022, I gave a virtual talk in the Statistics and Data Science Seminar at Auburn University.
- Starting Jan 2022, I will serve as an Associate Editor for the
*Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics (JABES)*.