Zhongwei Zhang


Research Center for Statistics

University of Geneva

Geneva 1205, Switzerland

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Sebastian Engelke’s group at the University of Geneva. Previously, I obtained my Ph.D. in Statistics at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), under the supervision of Raphaël Huser. Prior to this, I completed a M.Sc. in Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Sichuan University, China.

My research interests center around extreme value statistics, spatial statistics, and their applications particularly to climate science. Recently I have started to explore the intersection between extreme value statistics and machine learning. More precisely, I am interested in understanding whether extreme events can be well predicted by machine learning models, how to interpret these models, and how to improve their prediction accuracy for extreme events.


Apr 30, 2024 New paper entitled “Validating Deep-Learning Weather Forecast Models on Recent High-Impact Extreme Events” with O. C. Pasche, J. Wider, J. Zscheischler, and S. Engelke is on arXiv.
Jul 31, 2023 New paper entitled “Extremal dependence of moving average processes driven by exponential-tailed Lévy noise” with D. Bolin, S. Engelke, and R. Huser, is on arXiv.