Neil Spencer


Neil is currently a first year PhD student in the Joint Statistics and Machine Learning PhD Program. Originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, his studies are partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC Previously, Neil obtained a Master of Science in Statistics at University of British Columbia (supervised by Alexandre Bouchard-Côté (, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics and Statistics from Acadia University (co-supervised by Pritam Ranjan ( and Franklin Mendivil (

Neil's research interests involve Bayesian modelling, networks, Monte Carlo methods, and forensic statistics. In the past, Neil has worked in the areas of design of experiments and combinatorics. Neil is a proud member of the Statistical Society of Canada ( In his free time, Neil enjoys ultimate frisbee, playing fantasy hockey, waterskiing, watching television, and keeping up to date on current events.

Specific Research Interests

CMU Forensics Group (CSAFE)
CMU Statistics Network Group

In the past:
UBC Statistics Machine Learning Reading Group
UBC Analysis of Network Data Group

  • Office

    FMS 328