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 teaching 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

I am the recipient of the following 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. Also good knowledge of: Danish (C1), 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.
  • Bernoulli.
  • Extremes.
  • European Actuarial Journal.
  • ASTIN Bulletin: The Journal of the IAA.
  • Stochastic Models.
  • Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability.
  • Risks.

I have served as a book reviewer for the following publishers:

  • Springer.

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 modeling of joint lives. Master thesis by Quentin Ruel (co-supervised by Hansjörg Albrecher). University of Lausanne, 2021.


Consulting

Life insurance company

  • Developed a semi-parametric survival regression model for forecasting outstanding life expectancies for a Zurich-based start-up. 2021-2022.

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.

Miscellaneous Projects

Hackathlon

  • Involved in the formulation of the 2021 Swiss Association of Actuaries Hackathlon, 2021.

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.