Sonja Petrović

  • Professor of Applied Mathematics


Ph.D. - University of Kentucky 2008
B.Sc. - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2003

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • International Statistics Institute (ISI Elected Member since 2015)
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)
  • American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Chicago chapter
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Activity Group in Algebraic Geometry (SI(AG)^2)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)


College of Science Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
College of Science Dean’s Junior Research Excellence Award, 2015
Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), 2015


Full list appears here: Research Publications


Randomized and Structure-Based Algorithms in Commutative Algebra (PI)
NSF-DMS Computational Mathematics Grant #1522662, $229,577
Co-PIs: Despina Stasi (IIT), Jesus De Loera (UC Davis)
(Total budget of collaborative grant: $460,000.) 09/2015-08/2019

Computational challenges in occupational health psychology:
using statistics to model dynamic worker well-being
Center for Interdisciplinary Scientific Computation (CISC) Seed Grant
Co-PIs: Lulu Kang (IIT Applied Math) and Mahima Saxena (IIT Psychology)     01/2018-12/2018

Algebraic statistics for network models (PI)
U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Grant #FA9550-14-1-0141, $933,552
Co-PIs: Rinaldo and Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon, 06/2014-05/2017

Algebraic Statistics 2014: Conference at IIT (PI)
National Science Foundation (NSF-DMS)
Grant #1360777, $10,000
Co-PIs: Stasi, Sullivant, Yoshida, 2014

Algebraic statistics for network models (PI)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Grant #FA9550-12-1-0392, $634,107
Co-PIs: Rinaldo and Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon, 07/2012-01/2014

Algebraic Statistics in the Alleghenies: conference at Penn State (co-PI)
National Science Foundation (NSF-DMS)
Grant #1208837, $36,000
Co-PIs: Morton (PI), and Sullivant, Slavkovic, and Denker 2012

AMS-Simons travel grant
American Mathematical Society Simons Foundation. $2,000. 07/2011-06/2012


  • Algebraic statistics, applied and computational algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. Goodness of fit tests and parameter identifiability problems for social networks and biology, Applications of discrete mathematics to statistics and algebra.