Ngoc Mai Tran
RLM 11.124
Department of Mathematics
University of Texas at Austin, TX 78712, USA

I am an assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics, UT Austin. I am also an Honary Senior Lecturer at with the Australian National University, and a Bonn Research Fellow at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Germany.

I obtained my PhD in Statistics in 2013 under Bernd Sturmfels.
During undergrad I did math with the intention of becoming a better statistician. Now I am comfortable in both worlds. My research lies at the intersection of stochastic geometry, tropical geometry, discrete optimization, and data analysis.

Curriculum Vitae (last updated: August 2017)


"Exchangeability seminar blog"

Following the success of the previous seminar, I am running another graduate seminar on Exchangeability. Check out the seminar blog!

"CSP seminar blog"

In Winter 2016, I am running a graduate seminar aimed at updating open problems in Jim Pitman's book, Combinatorial Stochastic Processes. Check out the seminar blog!

Professional Services

I am an Associate Editor for Bernoulli. I also write for Mathematical Reviews and zbMath.

Brief CV

  • 2013: PhD in Statistics, UC Berkeley
    Advised by Bernd Sturmfels
    PhD Thesis: Topics in Tropical Linear Algebra and Applied Probability
  • 2008: BSc Honours First Class, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Advised by Peter Hall.
  • 2007: BMath, University of Newcastle, Australia
Awards Work experience
  • 2013 - 2015: Simons postdoctoral fellow / Instructor, Department of Mathematics, UT Austin
  • 2008 - 2009: Statistician, Brain Resource Company, Sydney, Australia
  • 2006 - 2009: Statistician, RTCCD, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
  • 2007 - 2008: Research Assistant, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 2007 - 2008: Teaching Assistant, University of Melbourne, Australia