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Patricia F. Waller Scholarship Recipient Aritra Guha


  Aritra Guha



Aritra Guha is a doctoral student in the Statistics program at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He has earned a BStat ‘12 and MStat ‘14 from the Indian Statistical Institute.

Mr. Guha’s research will use data of the project, Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD), for a graduate thesis. As a recipient of the Patricia F. Waller Scholarship, Mr. Guha’s award of $5000 will assist funding a peer reviewed journal article. The article will document analyses and summary results to help inform further improvements to safety and mobility of the aging population. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), located in Ann Arbor, is one of five data collection sites for the LongROAD study. Dr. Lisa Molnar, UMTRI associate research scientist, is mentor for Mr. Guha’s research.

Dr. Long Nguyen, associate professor, is department advisor to Mr. Guha’s project. Results of the LongROAD project will generate evidence to propose public policy and prompt the development of intervention programs for safe mobile outcomes and the ensured well-being for older adults.

Mr. Guha has worked three years as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan. He has served as a mentor for student research and has generated three career projects, one published in 2017. Topic interests of Mr. Guha include optimization algorithms, Bayesian models for network data, machine learning, and Bayesian iterative algorithms.


Conic Scan-and-Cover algorithms for nonparametric topic modeling

Latent space approaches in network analysis of Panama Papers data

Classifying internet ads with minimal number of features


Yurochkin, M., Guha, A., and Nguyen, X. Conic Scan-and-Cover algorithms for nonparametric topic modeling. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 30, NIPS 2017.