Jeff Andrews, Principal Co-Director and Associate Professor, MDS Okanagan
“The MDS program has been a shining example of inter-disciplinary and inter-campus collaboration, culminating in a professional degree that employers, alumni, instructors, and current students all value. I am proud to be a part of it."
Jeff Andrews is an associate professor of statistics and leads the Statistical Machine Learning Laboratory at UBC’s Okanagan Campus. His research primarily focuses on unsupervised machine learning with mixture models, including model development, implementation, and optimization. He has been a recipient of two international awards for his research in this field: the 2017 Chikio Hayashi Award for Young Researchers from the International Federation of Classification Societies, and the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Classification Society. He has attracted more than $200k in research funding as a primary investigator since joining UBC in 2015, and more than triple that as co-investigator on several collaborative and interdisciplinary projects—such as the Medical Physics and Data Analytics Cluster. Beyond his academic research, he has consulting experience from a diverse range of industries --- including sport management, food product evaluation, workplace safety, biomedical instruments, heavy machinery, and the financial sector.