Rochester Data Science Society (RDSS) is the first student society at University of Rochester that serves all students at UR who are interested in data science, statistics or other related fields. The mission of RDSS is to enrich student understanding of how to use and manage data to solve complex problems while building bridges between students, alumni, industry and Data Science Societies of other universities. All students at UR are welcome to join the board. If you are interested in joining the society, please send a brief introduction to urdatascience@gmail.com. For more information, please feel free to follow our facebook page: Rdss UR.

Mission for the RDSS

  • To build the bridge between all graduate students at UR who are interested in data science or statistics and departments or institutes (such us URBEST, CTSI, CIRC, Department of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, and Goergen Institute for Data Science, etc.)

  • To let graduate students (even some senior undergraduate students) understand how to use and manage data to solve complex problems.

  • To build connection between students and industry.


UP-STAT 2020


Raymond Hanson is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division, based in New York. He is the global technology lead for the Divisional Program and RegTech Delivery organization, responsible for technology program delivery across regions, jurisdictions, and asset classes with a focus on front office regulatory technology. Ray is also a member of the DTCC DerivServ Technology Advisory Council. Prior to this role, Raymond held a variety of front office technology roles at Credit Suisse in both New York and Tokyo, primarily focused on Fixed Income Trading across cash and derivatives markets. In addition, he has served in a number of regional IT management roles, including Head of Tokyo IT.

Raymond received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Rochester and is fluent in Japanese. At the University of Rochester, Raymond initially planned to major in Computer Science but ultimately graduated with a double major in Political Science and Japanese, which led him to Japan after graduation. There he spent three years teaching English in Junior High Schools in rural Japan through a placement on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme. During this time, he was also very active designing websites for various organizations, which ultimately opened the door for his initial role at Credit Suisse (Financial Products) in the Tokyo office as an Front Office application developer.

This session will include career conversation and Q&A with Raymond. This session will be most relevant to those students with a tech background, including Computer Science and Data Science backgrounds. All class years are welcome! We hope you can join us!

Saturday, November 17th
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Frederick Douglass, Meeting Room 401

Career Discussion with Raymond Hanson!

  • https://www.rit.edu/science/upstat-2020.

  • Since its inception in 2012, the UP-STAT conference series has steadily grown and expanded into the annual forum that brings together all the statisticians, applied mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists and data scientists from all around upstate New York and its neighboring regions. UP-STAT 2017, like the 5 previous UP-STAT conferences before it, especially strongly encourages the active participation of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers together with early career and late career faculty members. This is an ideal platform where young students get the golden opportunity to present their first serious research work in from of a deeply knowledgeable yet very friendly audience. The UP-STAT conference is always immensely fun and consistently stages world class keynote speakers from whom the audience learns a lot. All professionals involved in any form of data oriented or data centered activities are also strongly encouraged to consider attending or even better participating with presentations of their current work. What’s more, a wide variety of prizes and awards are conferred on the most deserving student participants. Come join us and let’s celebrate statistics and data science right here in upstate New York!

  • Our first meeting was held!

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Former Leaders

Past Events

  • March 19 , 2018 

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Tomohiro David Miyachi, President (Academic Year 2020-2021)

M.S. in Business Analytics, B.A. in Economics and International Relations

Tomohiro is currently a masters student in Business Analytics and his research interest covers algorithmic data science applications such as sport economics analytics, political election models and AI assisted game theory. 


Jonathan Lai, Vice President (Academic Year 2020-2021)

B.S. in Computer Science B.A. in Economics, 

Jonathan Lai is a currently a Junior at the University of Rochester pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Economics. He enjoys doing research and solving problems related to data science. For the past year he has worked in the SCP lab at the University of Rochester under the guidance of Dr.David Dodell-Feder to do research on the effects of social exclusion on schizophrenia patients and the use of machine learning to determine if automated methods can be used to determine if patients can be diagnosed with schizophrenia based on their movements in response to different stimuli.

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Former Leaders

Chenwei Wu, President (Academic Year 2018-2019)

B.S. in Data Science, B.A. in Financial Economics, Minor in Japanese and Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Chenwei Wu is currently a junior majoring in Data Science and Financial Economics at the University of Rochester. With an interdisciplinary background, Chenwei has involved in data mining and software development in various topics such as game theory and economics project (Authoritarian Government Modelling in Soviet Settings) with Professor Bai at the Economics Department and an app on alcohol harm reduction in social settings (Twitter, iMessage, SnapChat) with Professor White at the Psychiatry Department. He is also working at the Active Perception Lab, using C++ and MATLAB to research on the effects of blinks and saccades on human eye perception. He communicates with leaders in government and finance areas closely and is going to join Credit Suisse in 2019 as a summer technology analyst.

Shuaidong Pan, Senior Vice President (Academic Year 2018-2019)

B.S. in Data Science, B.A. in Financial Economics, Minor in Music Theory

Shuaidong Pan is a junior student majoring in Data Science and Financial Economics. Shuaidong is currently an Undergraduate Researcher under Professor Jiebo Luo’s Visual Intelligence & Social Multimedia Analytics (VISTA) Lab with an interest in Big Data pattern mining and Machine Learning, currently working on a NLP research paper using Bi-directional LSTM to predict user used Emoji and a data mining project aims to find a way to detect Racial Disparity in Policing; the published project can be found at https://www.kaggle.com/linfaner2/acs-racism-index-and-policy-department-information . Shuaidong is also a member of Formal and Computational  Semantic Lab under Linguistic Department working on machine learning model on Toxic Level of Sentences Prediction and more project of FACTS.lab can be found at: https://github.com/span11UR/factslab-python.

Haosong Rao, Senior Vice President (Academic Year 2018-2019)

B.S. in Data Science, Minor in Economics

Haosong Rao is a third-year Data Science major at the University of Rochester with a minor in economics. With a profound interest in data mining and software development, Haosong is currently working with Chenwei to lead “Computing with The Community”, a collaborative program between Data Science and Psychiatry Department to provide free STEM education for local young people at risk and develop Android app to reduce alcohol harm in social settings. Previously, he also attended a program under the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences to research on Natural Language Processing and text analysis.

Hanqiu Li, Vice President, Treasury Manager (Academic Year 2018-2019)

B.S. in Data Science, B.A. in Psychology

Hanqiu Li is a second-year Data Science and Psychology major at the University of Rochester, NY. Currently, she is working as a data analyst in The Tuning in into kids Project in the Mt. Hope Family Center, which is a psychological research center of the University of Rochester, and helping to improve the lives of children and families who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or trauma. She is also working in the Professor Andrew Elliot’s lab as a research assistant, focusing on the first impression of faces in the social psychology area. With a Data Science and Psychology background, Hanqiu is interested in applying advanced statistical methods to research on psychological areas.

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