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Hongxiao Zhu

Associate Professor



  • Ph.D. – Statistics – Rice University, Houston TX – Thesis: Functional Data Classification and Covariance Estimation (PDF) – May 2009
  • M.S. – Mathematics – University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock AR – May 2004
  • B.S. – Finance – Wuhan University, Wuhan, P.R. China – July 2002

Awards & Honors

  • Travel Award, The Sixth International Workshop on Statistical Analysis of Neuronal Data (SAND6), 2012
  • Travel Award, CBMS Regional Conference - Bayesian Nonparametric Statistical
    Methods, 2010
  • The SBSS Student Paper Competition and Travel Award, ASA, 2008
  • Graduate Fellowship and Teaching/Research Assistantship, Rice University, 2004 – 2008
  • Outstanding Achievement by Graduate Student, Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock, 2004
  • Graduate Assistantship, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, 2002 – 2004

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • American Statistical Association, Eastern North American Region (ENAR)
  • The International Biometric Society


  • Methods of Statistical Computing, Spring 2013
  • Applied Multivariate Analysis, Fall 2012

  • Bayesian Methods for High Dimensional Data
  • Functional Data Analysis
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Applications in Medicine, Genetics, Epidemiology and Neuroscience

  • Zhu, H., Yao, F. and Zhang, H. H. Structured functional additive regression in reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, accepted by Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B.
  • Zhu, H., Dunson, D. and Strawn, N. Bayesian graphical models for multivariate functional data, in submission.
  • Wu, X. and Zhu, H.  Bayesian Analysis of Array CGH Data, in submission.
  • Zhu, H., Brown, P. J. and Morris, J. S. (2011) Robust, adaptive functional regression in functional mixed model framework, Journal of the American Statistical Association CTheory and Methods 106 (495) 1167-1179.
  • Zhu, H., Brown, P. J. and Morris, J. S. (2012) Robust classification of functional and quantitative image data using functional mixed models, Biometrics.
  • Zhu, H., Vannucci, M. and Cox, D. D. (2009) A Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Classification with Selection of Functional Predictors, Biometrics 66 463-473.
  • Wei, F. and Zhu, H. (2012) Group coordinate descent algorithms for nonconvex penalized regression, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 56 316-326.
  • Zhu, H. and Cox, D. D. (2009) A Functional Generalized Linear Model with Curve Selection in Cervical Pre-Cancer Diagnosis using Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Optimality: The Third Erich L. Lehmann Symposium 57 173-189.


Hongxiao Zhu

Associate Professor

403-H Hutcheson Hall 
250 Drillfield Drive 
Blacksburg, VA 24061