Harsha Perera

Ph.D. student in Statistics at Simon Fraser University

I am a first year Ph.D student at the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at SFU where I obtained my Masters in Statistics in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Tim Swartz and Prof. Tom Loughin. My undergraduate degree was obtained at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, where I was born. Having heard of SFU and its Department of Statistics, I had a great desire to obtain entry to this prestigious department to carry out my graduate studies and was very fortunate that Prof. Tom Loughin accepted me as one of his students in the fall of 2009. During my M.Sc. program I was attracted to the work of Prof. Tim Swartz as I am a great follower of sports in all its varieties and one of Tim’s areas of specialization is Statistics in Sports. Under Tim’s supervision and Tom’s co-supervision I worked on my thesis, which related to the application of statistical methods to the sport of cricket, specifically the Duckworth-Lewis method of re-setting winning targets in interrupted twenty over cricket games, which is called the T20 game format. Based on this research we published a paper in the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics.

Having completed my M.Sc. in 2011 I was further encouraged to continue at SFU and work towards my Ph.D., which I commenced in the fall of 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Tim Swartz.

My experience at SFU, and the support and encouragement received from my supervisors and the faculty as well as my colleagues, have been great motivating factors in my studies as well as my integration into university life in Canada.