Dr. Kai Zhang has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. “Binary Expansion Statistics: A Nonparametric Inference Framework for Big Data”. In the Big Data era, the large numbers of observations and variables pose unprecedented challenging problems of complex forms of dependency and high computing expenses. This situation is especially common in important problems in Astronomy, Biology, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Genetics, Genomics, Neurosciences, etc. To meet these challenges, Dr. Zhang proposes to study these problems through a novel framework of binary expansion statistics.