Brian Williamson

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I am a currently a third year PhD student. I graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Pomona College in May 2014, where I worked with Johanna Hardin, PhD.

In my first year I worked with Scott Emerson, MD PhD developing an R package for easy adoption of R, and developing teaching tools for the introductory/service courses in the department. We have also created uwIntroStats.org which hosts the package, written materials, and videos. The package is now also on CRAN.

I am currently working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in the Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention, under the direction of Jim Hughes, PhD. I am directly involved in HPTN 063, HPTN 067, and HPTN 068, three multi-national clinical trials. I am also involved in developing a new clinical trial design for non-inferiority trials.

I am interested in problems of high-dimensional data, data science, and statistical inference. In particular, I enjoy working on developing new methodology for addressing scientific questions using large and complex datasets, and appropriately quantifying uncertainty in our resulting estimates. I also enjoy working on problems involving how best to tell a story using data. I have been primarily motivated by applications in public health and medicine, but I am always open to collaborations on interesting problems in any area of research.

To date, I have been mostly focused on developing a novel method for assessing variable importance nonparametrically. We leverage tools from both machine learning and targeted learning to efficiently estimate a statistical parameter of interest, while providing appropriate estimates of our uncertainty.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, hiking, backpacking, biking, reading, and listening to music on vinyl.

I am a currently a third year PhD student. I graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Pomona College in May 2014, where I worked with Johanna Hardin, PhD.

In my first year I worked with Scott Emerson, MD PhD developing an R package for easy adoption of R, and developing teaching tools for the introductory/service courses in the department. We have also created uwIntroStats.org which hosts the package, written materials, and videos. The package is now also on CRAN.

I am currently working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in the Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention, under the direction of Jim Hughes, PhD. I am directly involved in HPTN 063, HPTN 067, and HPTN 068, three multi-national clinical trials. I am also involved in developing a new clinical trial design for non-inferiority trials.

I am interested in problems of high-dimensional data, data science, and statistical inference. In particular, I enjoy working on developing new methodology for addressing scientific questions using large and complex datasets, and appropriately quantifying uncertainty in our resulting estimates. I also enjoy working on problems involving how best to tell a story using data. I have been primarily motivated by applications in public health and medicine, but I am always open to collaborations on interesting problems in any area of research.

To date, I have been mostly focused on developing a novel method for assessing variable importance nonparametrically. We leverage tools from both machine learning and targeted learning to efficiently estimate a statistical parameter of interest, while providing appropriate estimates of our uncertainty.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, hiking, backpacking, biking, reading, and listening to music on vinyl.