Areas of Study
Email Address
Christian A. Johnson Hall 107

Chinthaka Kuruwita's research is focused on new regression models. In the U.S. he was involved in developing a new modeling strategy to assess suicidal risk of adolescents, work that was published in Journal of Adolescent Health (2009). He received a bachelor's degree in statistics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and came to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in 2005. Kuruwita earned a master's degree and doctorate in mathematical sciences with a concentration in statistics from Clemson University.

Recent Courses Taught

Mathematical Statistics and Applications
Senior Seminar in Statistics


  • Clayton V. Auconi Outstanding Master's Student Award, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, 2005-06
  • Best Undergraduate Research in Statistics, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004
  • Department of Statistics Gold Medal for best senior year thesis, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2003
  • V.W. Samaranayake Memorial Gold Medal for Statistics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2003

Selected Publications

  • Kuruwita, C.N., Gallagher, C.M., Kulasekera, K.B. (2014) "Testing Equality of Nonparametric Quantile Regression Functions," International Journal of Statistics and Probability, Vol. 3, 55-66.
  • Thayasivam, U., Shetty, S. Kuruwita, C.N., Ramachandran, R. (2012) "Detection of Anomalies in Network Traffic Using L2E for Accurate Speaker Recognition," Proceedings of the IEEE 55th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits & Systems, 884-887.
  • Kuruwita, C.N., Kulasekera, K.B., Gallagher, C.M. (2011) "Generalized Varying Coefficient Models with Unknown Link Functions," Biometrika, Vol. 98, 701-710.
  • Kuruwita, C.N., Kulasekera, K.B., Padgett, W.J. (2010). "Density Estimation using Asymmetric Kernels and Bayes Bandwidths with Censored Data," Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference Vol. 140, 1765-1774.
  • Thompson, M., Kuruwita, C.N., Foster, E.M. (2009). "Transitions in Suicide Risk in a Nationally Representative Sample of Adolescents," Journal of Adolescent Health Vol. 44, 458-463.

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Mathematical Statistics
American Mathematical Society

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Clemson University
M.S., Clemson University
B.Sc., University of Colombo

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