Senior statistics major Zizhuo Xu is driven to discover

Senior Zizhuo Xu sitting with laptopZizhuo Xu, a senior statistics major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is one of more than 500 students doing research across UD this summer. He is a native of Henan Province, China.

Q. What are you studying and with whom?

Zizhuo: I am studying machine learning and big data analytics techniques with Dr. Shanshan Ding, assistant professor of applied economics and statistics.

Q. What is it about this topic that interests you?

Zizhuo: In Delaware, threats to water security relate primarily to water quality and arise largely due to human behavior. The way to improve water security is fundamentally by making better decisions. The most interesting part for me is that I can use my abilities to analyze water resource data and human behavioral data collected through experiments and the Delaware ESPCoR program to help other scholars make better decisions to improve Delaware’s water security. Read the full interview on UDaily.