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Chinthaka Kuruwita

Chinthaka Kuruwita
Chinthaka Kuruwita

Associate Professor of Statistics

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: 2011

Educational Background

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

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