February 2003 PhD in Statistics, University of Padova
July 1999 Laurea in Social Statistics, University of Padova (score 110/110 cum laude)
October 2015 – today: Associate Professor in Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University
February 2007 – October 2015: Assistant Professor in Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University
February 2007: Visiting Professor (1 month) at University Paris V René Descartes
February 2003 – January 2007: Assistant Researcher at universities of Padova and Udine
November 2014: Full Professor in Statistics (with unanimous vote)
Cristiano Varin’s research interests span statistical methodology and applications. He is internationally recognized as a leading figure in the diffusion of composite likelihood inference. He wrote two highly cited papers (according to Web of Science) in the category of mathematical disciplines (highly cited papers belong to the 1% of the most cited in the field) that are commonly cited as key references of composite likelihood methods. The international interest towards his contributions to composite likelihood is attested by many invited talks at various university departments and conferences, including the conferences of the Royal Statistical Society and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and two invited short PhD courses (2 days) at University Milan Bicocca and University of Rome Sapienza. He co-organized the two workshops on composite likelihood methods (Warwick, April 2008; Banff International Research Center, Canada, April 2012). Other recent methodological work regards copula regression, meta-analysis, paired comparison data modelling. A special interest is the development of free and open-source statistical software. Two R packages coauthored with other personnell of this research project have been published on the CRAN repository (gcmr, with Guido Masarotto; metaLik, with Annamaria Guolo).
One of his most important recent achievements is the “read paper” of the Royal Statistical Society with David Firth (Warwick) and Manuela Cattelan (Padova), on statistical modelling of the citations exchanged between scholarly journals, published with discussion (about 30 contributions).
He has collaborated with some of the foremost scholars from leading international institutions (University of Toronto, Warwick University, University of Oslo) and has participated in several national and international projects. He is currently working on the monograph “Likelihood and its Extensions” with Nancy Reid (Toronto) and Grace Yi (Waterloo), to be published by Chapman & Hall. He is a named research partner of the prestigious EPRSC-funded “Intractable Likelihood” project led by Gareth Roberts (Warwick) and several other Guy medallists of the Royal Statistical Society. He served as Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C for the period 2013-2016.
AWARDS & HONORS
Royal Statistical Society read paper
Varin et al (2015). `Statistical modeling of citation exchange among statistics journals’ read at the Ordinary Meeting of the Royal Statistical Society on May 13, 2015 and published with discussion on Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A.
Gumbel lecture 2006
The Gumbel Lecture is a special plenary named lecture annually awarded to a young statistician by the German Statistical Society.
Highly Cited Papers
According to the database “Essential Science Indicators” by Thomson Reuters, two papers belong to the 1% of the most cited papers in the mathematical disciplines of the last ten years (“ESI Highly Cited Papers”): Varin et al. (2011, Statistica Sinica) and Varin (2008, ASTA).