Jian Ding

Jian Ding
  • Associate Professor of Statistics

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    457 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Probability theory with focus on interactions with statistical physics and theory of computer science. In particular, extreme values of Gaussian processes, random constraint satisfaction problems, random planar geometry.



PhD, Statistics/Probability theory
UC Berkeley, 2006-2011
Advisor: Yuval Peres

B.S., Mathematics
Peking University, 2002-2006

Academic Positions Held

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Chicago, 2016-2017

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Chicago, 2011-2016

Szego Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, 2011-2012

Postdoc, University of Washington, Summer 2011
Mentor: James Lee

Research Intern, Microsoft Research New England, Summer 2010
Mentor: Jennifer Chayes


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Past Courses


    Discrete and continuous sample spaces and probability; random variables, distributions, independence; expectation and generating functions; Markov chains and recurrence theory.


    Elements of matrix algebra. Discrete and continuous random variables and their distributions. Moments and moment generating functions. Joint distributions. Functions and transformations of random variables. Law of large numbers and the central limit theorem. Point estimation: sufficiency, maximum likelihood, minimum variance. Confidence intervals.

Awards and Honors

  • Rollo Davidson Prize, 2017 Description

    The Rollo Davidson Prize is a prize awarded annually to early-career probabilists by the Rollo Davidson trustees. It is named after English mathematician Rollo Davidson (1944–1970).

  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 2015-2017 Description
    The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

  • NSF Career Award, 2015-2020 Description

    The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.