I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. I hold a PhD in Insurance Mathematics and Statistics, an MSc in Statistics, and a BSc in Mathematics. Science is one of my greatest passions. I was born on August 21st 1993, in Aalborg, Denmark. I have Danish and Mexican citizenship, and residence permit B in Switzerland.


Experience

Senior SNF researcher, University of Lausanne; Switzerland — 2020-Present

My main areas of research are applied probability and statistics, actuarial applications, time series analysis and scientific software development. Supervised two master theses.

Specialist Pricing Actuary, Vaudoise Assurances; Switzerland — 2021

I was involved in the development, benchmarking and updating non-life insurance products within different lines of business.

Lecturer, University of Lausanne; Switzerland — 2019-2020 & 2021-present

Taught the course Insurance Analytics, which centers on adapting machine learning methods for insurance applications, such as pricing. Currently appointed to teach Probability and stochastic processes. Both courses are taught for master students in Actuarial Science.

Teaching assistant — 2015-2020

I have been teaching assistant for the following courses:

  • Probability and stochastic processes, Risk theory; University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Summer School in Actuarial Science; University of Lausanne and MAPFRE, Panama.
  • Statistics II, Advanced Probability II, Bayesian Statistics; University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Introduction to Statistics for Ph.D. students; Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
  • Stochastic Integration; National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.

Education

Doctorate, University of Lausanne; Switzerland — 2017-2020

Dissertation: Statistics of extremes, matrix distributions and applications to non-life insurance modeling. Supervisor: Hansjörg Albrecher.

Master degree, University of Copenhagen; Denmark — 2015-2017

GPA: 11.8/12. Dissertation: Reverse-Martingale Characterisations of Symmetric Laws (grade 12/12). Supervisor: Steffen Lauritzen.

Bachelor degree, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Mexico — 2012-2015

GPA: 10/10. Dissertation: Levy Processes and Excursion Theory (defended with honors). Supervisor: José Luis Pérez Garmendia.


Awards

GAUSS Actuarial Award

GAUSS-Nachwuchspreis Actuarial Award prize for PhD dissertation, June 2021.

SCOR Actuarial Award

First prize for PhD dissertation, August, 2020.

Prix de la Faculte

Faculty award from the University of Lausanne for PhD dissertation, January 2021.

Gabino Barreda Medal

Best performance for Bachelor studies in Mathematics, May 29, 2018.

Mathematical Olympiad

First place in the 23rd Federal District Mexican Mathematical Olympiad, held on May 18, 2009 (age 15).


Skills

Languages

Fluent in: Spanish, English, Danish. Also good knowledge of: French (B2-C1).

Programming

Proficient in: R, C++, Python. Using TeX and Github.

R packaging

Co-developer of the “tscopula” R package (available in CRAN), for fitting time series using copulas. Author of the “matrixdist” R/C++ package (available in CRAN), for the efficient use of matrix distributions in applied probability and statistics.


Societies and Journals

Danish Society for Theoretical Statistics

Member since 2016.

Reviewer

I have served as a reviewer for the following journals:

  • Scandinavian Journal of Statistics.
  • Scandinavian Actuarial Journal.
  • European Actuarial Journal.
  • Stochastic Models.
  • Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability.

Conferences

  • European Young Statisticians Meeting 2021. Athens, Greece (online). Talk: Matrix Mittag-Leffler distributions and modeling heavy-tailed risks.
  • HEC Actuarial Science conference 2021. Fafleralp, Switzerland (online). August, 2021. Talk: Phase-type regression models.
  • The 24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, July 05-09, 2021. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Pennsylvania State University, Ulm University and the University of New South Wales (online). Talk: Fractional Inhomogeneous Multi-state Models in Life Insurance.
  • Extreme Value Analysis 2021, June 28 - July 02, 2021. Edinburgh, Scotland (online). Talk: Phase-type distributions for Insurance pricing.
  • Lausanne-Lyon University meeting 2021. Lausanne Switzerland (online). June 14, 2021.
  • Virtual Workshop on New Challenges in the Interplay between Finance and Insurance. October 27-30, 2020. Oberwolfach, Germany (online). Talk: Time series copula models using d-vines and v-transforms.
  • Lausanne-Lyon University meeting 2020. Lyon, France. June 3, 2020.
  • ETH seminar in Insurance and Financial Mathematics. Zurich, Switzerland. May 14, 2020. Talk: Time series copula models with v-transforms: an alternative to GARCH modelling.
  • Online conference in actuarial science, data science and finance 2020. Lyon, France. April 28-29, 2020.
  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics Conference: Interplay between Finance and Insurance, Brussels, Belgium, 06-07 February 2020. Talk: Matrix Mittag-Leffler distributions and modeling heavy-tailed risks.
  • Lausanne-Lyon University meeting 2020. Lyon, France. January, 2020.
  • Lausanne-Lyon University meeting 2019. Lausanne, Switzerland. July, 2019.
  • Third International Congress on Actuarial Science and Quantitative Finance. Manizales, Colombia. June, 2019. Talk: Combined Tail Estimation Using Censored Data and Expert Information.
  • Perspectives in Actuarial Risks in Talks of Young researchers 2019. Sibiu, Romania. April 14-19, 2019. Talk: Combined Tail Estimation Using Censored Data and Expert Information.
  • Lausanne-Lyon University meeting 2019. Lyon, France. January, 2019. Talk: Combined Tail Estimation Using Censored Data and Expert Information.
  • European Actuarial Journal Conference 2018. Leuven, Belgium. September, 2018. Talk: A Perturbed-likelihood method for censored and large claims.
  • HEC Actuarial Science PhD conference 2018. Fafleralp, Switzerland. August, 2018. Talk: A Ratcheting Dividend Strategy in Risk Theory.
  • 10th meeting in Actuarial Science and Finance. Samos, Greece. May 30 to June 03, 2018. Talk: A Ratcheting Dividend Strategy in Risk Theory.
  • HEC Actuarial Science PhD conference 2017. Fafleralp, Switzerland. August, 2017. Talk: Reverse-martingale characterisations of exchangeable distributions.
  • Two-day meeting of the Danish Society of Theoretical Statistics. Aalborg, Denmark. October 25–26, 2016.
  • Applied Probability Symposium. Ilulissat, Greenland. August 1–3, 2016. When Probability Meets Computation. In honour of Guy Latouche’s retirement. Villa Toeplitz, Varese, Italy. June 6–8, 2012.

Summer Schools

  • 32nd International summer school (2019) of the Swiss Association of Actuaries on: Insurance Data Science: Use and Value of Unusual Data. 12-16 August 2019, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Scientific directors: Arthur Charpentier and Jean-Philippe Boucher.
  • 31st International summer school (2018) of the Swiss Association of Actuaries on: Insurance Analytics, a Primer. 13-17 August 2018, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Scientific directors: Michel Denuit and Julien Trufin.

Supervision

  • Penalised likelihood methods for phase-type dimension selection. Master thesis by Alaric Müller (co-supervised by Hansjörg Albrecher). University of Lausanne, 2021.

  • Bivariate phase-type modelling of joint lives. Master thesis by Quentin Ruel (co-supervised by Hansjörg Albrecher). University of Lausanne, 2021.


Miscellaneous Projects

Project in Statistics

  • Markov Modelling of Dynamical Systems. Supervised by Robyn Stuart. 2016.

Projects in probability

  • Stochastic Integration in Finance and Risk Theory. Supervised by Jostein Paulsen. 2016.
  • Point Processes in Applied Probability. Supervised by Thomas Mikosch. 2016.
  • Probabilistic Symmetry. Supervised by Steffen L. Lauritzen. 2016.