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2018 Meetings Around the World

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PCM 125: International Conference in Statistics and Probability

January 2, 2018 – January 4, 2018

Kolkata, India

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis started the serious study of the discipline of Statistics in India. He made fundamental and lasting contributions to its development and application. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute with the aim of teaching and research in Statistics and allied subjects. The Institute is commemorating his 125th Birth Anniversary in 2017-18.

2nd Bangkok Workshop on Discrete Geometry and Statistics

January 8, 2018 – January 12, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand

The workshop will focus on mathematical statistical physics of discrete systems, and in particular its applications to random geometries. Real-life motivations for such studies range from attempts to quantize gravity to problems in condensed matter physics to mathematical modelling of cooperative phenomena in macroscopic communities.

NIMBioS Investigative Workshop Stoichiometric Ecotoxicology

January 17, 2018 – January 19, 2018

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

This workshop will provide a forum for discussions of incorporating multiple essential elements and contaminants in ecotoxicological models. Discussions will shed light on nutrient and chemical contaminant cycling and can ultimately help improve toxicological risk assessment protocols.

UF Statistics Annual Winter Workshop: Semi-Parametric & Non-Parametric Statistics in the Era of Big Data

January 19, 2018 – January 20, 2018

Gainesville, Florida, USA

In recent years, the availability of high-throughput data from genomic, finance, environmental, marketing (among other) applications has created an urgent need for methodology and tools for analyzing high-dimensional data. The explosion of data, due to advances in science and information technology, has left almost no field untouched. It is not uncommon to see datasets of sizes in terabytes and/or with millions of covariates. The field of non-parametric and semi- parametric statistics is quickly evolving and expanding to adapt to the challenges posed by big data. A variety of new techniques have been developed. Some of these techniques leverage the recent developments in the parallel and distributed computing, while others rely on appropriate sparsity assumptions to reduce the effective number of covariates. In addition, recent work has shown that many of these methodologies drastically reduce computation time while retaining the optimality properties of the standard non-parametric and semiparametric methods. Despite important breakthroughs in the last few years, a lot of unanswered questions remain. In an effort to address this, the proposed workshop will bring together individuals who have done path-breaking work in this field.

17th Winter school on Mathematical Finance

January 22, 2018 – January 24, 2018

Lunteren, The Netherlands

17th winter school on mathematical finance with minicourses by Emmanuel Gobet and Sebastian Jaimungal, special invited lectures by Beatrice Acciaio, Giulia Di Nunno, and Martino Grasselli.


Meeting the Statistical Challenges in High Dimensional Data and Complex Networks

February 5, 2018 – February 16, 2018

Singapore, Singapore

The program aims at showing the role of modern statistical methods in complex data and serves to support interactions among mathematicians, statisticians, engineers and scientists working in the interface of experiment, computation, analysis and statistics. Two workshops with a few special lectures will focus on the development of new statistical methods in high dimensional data and complex networks with their interactions in scientific and social sciences. It seeks to foster activity and collaboration on all aspects of the effects of the high dimensional data analysis and social networks.


6th Spring School "Structural Inference in Statistics"

March 4, 2018 – March 8, 2018

Spreewald, Germany

Ph.D. students and postdocs who are working in mathematical statistics, machine learning or related areas are encouraged to submit an application. The DFG-research unit FOR1735 will cover all costs for accommodation and meals, there are no registration fees. The number of available places is limited. Traveling costs have to be paid by the participants. Participants are encouraged to present their work in a poster session. The application should include a CV, a letter of motivation and a short research statement in one pdf file.

ENAR 2018 Spring Meeting

March 25, 2018 – March 28, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Website coming soon.

(IMS Sponsored Meeting)

Bayes Comp 2018

March 26, 2018 – March 28, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

Bayes Comp is a biennial conference sponsored by the ISBA section of the same name. The conference and the section both aim to promote original research into computational methods for inference and decision making and to encourage the use of frontier computational tools among practitioners, the development of adapted software, languages, platforms, and dedicated machines, and to translate and disseminate methods developed in other disciplines among statisticians.

Details about the conference, the schedule, deadline as well as the list of plenary speakers and details about invited sessions can be found in the conference website.

Note that the

i) Registration is now open:

ii) young researchers whose poster/oral presentation has been approved may apply for travel support. Submission of travel support applications starts December 15 2017 and ends January 15 2018. More details can be found in the conference website.

30th Annual Conference on Statistics and Modeling in Human and Social Sciences

March 27, 2018 – March 29, 2018

Giza, Egypt

The main goal of the annual conference is to bring together statisticians, researchers, and practitioners of Statistics and to provide them with the opportunity to present and to discuss their research findings on various areas of Statistical Sciences and their applications.

Frontier Probability Days

March 29, 2018 – March 31, 2018

Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Website coming soon...
IMS Representative(s) on Program Committees: Davar Khoshnevisan 

(IMS Co-sponsored Meeting)


Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers 2018 (SAfJR2018)

April 24, 2018 – April 26, 2018

Leiden, the Netherlands

SAfJR2018 is a three-day event that is aimed at career-young statisticians with an interest in the application and development of time-to-event analysis and related topics. The event includes a tutorial on multi-state models by Prof. dr. Hein Putter (Leiden University Medical Center), talks from keynote speakers Dr. Maja Pohar Perme (University of Ljubljana) and Dr. Birgit Witte (VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam), as well as poster sessions, a welcome reception and a conference dinner!


The 6th Workshop on Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

May 4, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The keynote speaker is Dr. Hongyu Zhao, the Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics and Genetics at Yale University and the recipient of the Mortimer Spiegelman Award. There will be invited talks by distinguished researchers, and a poster session by young researchers and graduate students. IMS Representative(s) on Program Committees: Yichuan Zhao

(IMS Co-sponsored Meeting)

Conference on Predictive Inference and Its Applications

May 7, 2018 – May 8, 2018

Ames, Iowa, United States

The conference is intended to raise awareness about the importance of predictive inference and its applications, showcase research of current and emerging leaders in the field, and encourage interactions among scientists with complementary skills. Activities include talks by Ronald Christensen, David Dunson, Edward George, and Martin Wainwright and a session honoring C. R. Henderson. The conference is made possible by a gift from David Harville and is co-sponsored by the ASA Section on Statistical Learning and Data Science.

NIMBioS Tutorial - Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling

May 16, 2018 – May 18, 2018

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

The objectives of this tutorial are to teach participants the concepts of ecological niche modeling, introduce them to select analytical techniques (formatting data in GIS; running Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) models), and present how to interpret and apply spatial analyses. Participants will further be familiarized with several commonly-used and/or newly-available online spatial data resources. Participants will be provided datasets to use in hands-on simulations, but can also bring their own data if desired.

IISA-2018: From Data to Knowledge, Working for a Better World

May 17, 2018 – May 20, 2018

Gainesville, Florida, USA

The IISA annual conference for 2018 will take place at the HPNP Complex of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. The format of the conference includes plenary talks, special invited talks, invited sessions and contributed posters. The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will strive to maintain a healthy presence of women and minority in all these categories and of young researchers (within five years of their doctoral degrees) in invited sessions. In addition, a special panel discussion on mentoring and career development, especially geared toward women statisticians is being organized. For students, the conference will provide numerous opportunities such as a student paper competition and contributed poster sessions at IISA-2018.
The SPC is currently accepting proposals for invited sessions. Please submit by January 15, 2018.

Econometrics in the Castle: "Machine Learning in Economics and Econometrics"

May 29, 2018 – May 30, 2018

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

The aim of the conference is to bring together economists, econometricians, statisticians and social scientists using big data methods for their applied and/or theoretical research. We welcome submissions related to all aspects of machine learning, including sparse modeling, Lasso, random forests, boosting, neural networks and deep learning, and applications in microeconomics, macroeconomics or related fields. Depending on the number of submissions, there might be a poster session as well.


11th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference (CHAOS2018)

June 5, 2018 – June 8, 2018

Rome, Italy

The principal aim of Chaos2018 International Conference is to expand the development of the theories of the applied nonlinear field, the methods, empirical data and computer techniques as well as the best theoretical achievements of chaotic theory. Chaos2018 Conference provides a forum for bringing together the various groups working in the area of Nonlinear and Dynamical Systems, Chaotic theory and Application to exchange views and report research findings.

Midwest Machine Learning Symposium

June 6, 2018 – June 7, 2018

Chicago, IL, USA

The Midwest Machine Learning Symposium aims to convene regional machine learning researchers for stimulating discussions and debates, to foster cross-institutional collaboration, and to showcase the collective talent of machine learning researchers at all career stages.

40th Conference on Stochastic Processes and Their Applications (SPA 2018)

June 11, 2018 – June 15, 2018

Gothenburg, Sweden

Plenary speakers are:

Robert Adler, Francois Baccelli, Mia Deijfen, Alison Etheridge (Levy lecture), Patricia Goncalves, Kurt Johansson, Olav Kallenberg, Davar Khoshnevisan (IMS lecture), Anna De Masi (IMS lecture), Mikhail Menshikov, Annie Millet, Elchanan Mossel, Asaf Nachmias, Jeffrey Steif (Doob lecture), Nike Sun

(IMS Co-sponsored Meeting)

The 7th Symposium on Conformal and Probabilistic Prediction with Applications (COPA 2018)

June 11, 2018 – June 13, 2018

Maastricht, The Netherlands

The COPA series of workshops/symposia is a home for work in both conformal and Venn prediction, as reflected in its full name “Conformal and Probabilistic Prediction with Applications”. The aim of this symposium is to serve as a forum for the presentation of new and ongoing work and the exchange of ideas between researchers on any aspect of Conformal and Probabilistic Prediction and their applications to interesting problems of any field.

ISNPS2018 4th Conference of the International Society for NonParametric Statistics

June 11, 2018 – June 15, 2018

Salerno, Italy

The nature of ISNPS is uniquely global, and its international conferences are designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and latest advances among researchers from all around the world in cooperation with established statistical societies such as the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI). IMS Representative(s) on Program Committees: Marianna Pensky

(IMS Co-sponsored Meeting)

International Symposium on Forecasting

June 17, 2018 – June 20, 2018

Boulder, CO, United States

The International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) is the premier forecasting conference, attracting the world’s leading forecasting researchers, practitioners, and students. Through a combination of keynote speaker presentations, academic sessions, workshops, and social programs, the ISF provides many excellent opportunities for networking, learning, and fun.

Recent Trends in Continuous and Discrete Probability

June 18, 2018 – June 21, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The purpose is to bring researchers, including graduate students and postdocs, together to share recent results at the front of many areas of probability. The topics include spatial stochastic systems, like percolation and spin systems, growth models, random matrices, stochastic differential equations, and stochastic homogenization. The conference is supported by the NSF.

NIMBioS Tutorial: The Search for Selection

June 18, 2018 – June 22, 2018

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

The intended audience is advanced graduate students, postdocs, and faculty with an interest in searching for targets of selection, be they particular genomic sequences or particular traits. Given the breadth of this topic, we expect students from functional genomics, population and evolutionary genetics, ecology, paleobiology, functional morphology, and statistics (as well as other fields). The background required is some basic introduction to population and/or quantitative genetics.

WNAR 2018

June 24, 2018 – June 27, 2018

Edmonton, Canada

As one of the largest cities in Canada, Edmonton is a cultural center, with many arts and cultural events anchored in the downtown Arts District, accessible from campus by the city light rail system. Both the Edmonton Jazz Festival and Freewill Shakespeare Festival are scheduled to occur in the city during the WNAR conference dates. The local organizers are Bei Jiang and Linglong Kong.

(IMS Sponsored Meeting)

ISBA World Meeting

June 24, 2018 – June 29, 2018

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The world meeting of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) will take place in Edinburgh, a beautiful and historical location intimately associated with Thomas Bayes, who studied logic and theology at the University of Edinburgh as an undergraduate (circa 1719--1722).

The meeting will include foundational lectures presented by Alan Gelfand, Anthony O'Hagan, Judith Rousseau, and Ed George. In addition, keynote speakers include Nicolas Chopin, Montse Fuentes, Steve MacEachern, and Michael Jordan.

ISBA 2018 is the continuation of the traditional Valencia/ISBA Meetings regularly held since 1979. They represent a unique event where the Bayesian community gathers together to discuss recent advances and the future of the profession.

2018 IMS Asia Pacific Rim Meeting

June 26, 2018 – June 29, 2018

​Singapore, ​Singapore

It will provide an excellent forum for scientific communications and collaborations for the researchers in Asia and the Pacific Rim, and promote communications and collaborations between the researchers in this area and those from other parts of the world. The fifth meeting will continue and extend the accomplishment of the previous meetings, and will add a significant value to our continuous efforts to carry out our common mission in the statistical profession.

(IMS Sponsored Meeting)

Sixth IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization

June 27, 2018 – June 29, 2018

Edgbaston, United Kingdom

The success of modern codes for large-scale optimization is heavily dependent on the use of effective tools of numerical linear algebra. On the other hand, many problems in numerical linear algebra lead to linear, nonlinear or semidefinite optimization problems. The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers from both communities and to find and communicate points and topics of common interest.


The 6th International Statistical Ecology Conference

July 2, 2018 – July 6, 2018

St Andrews, Scotland

After a successful Seattle edition earlier this year ISEC returns to Europe, in fact to ISEC’s birthplace, dating back to 2008, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It will be a landmark and we hope you will be able to join us in the celebration. We are working on putting together an interesting and stimulating program, with a range of plenary speakers including confirmed Tara Martin (UBC), Steve Ellner (Cornell), Steve Buckland (St A), Jennifer Hoeting (CSU) and Bill Link (USGS Patuxent).

Joint 2018 IMS Annual Meeting​/​12th ​​International ​​Vilnius Conference on Probability Theory ​&​ Mathematical Statistics

July 2, 2018 – July 6, 2018

​​Vilnius, Lithuania​

Program Co-Chairs: Peter Bühlmann (IMS) and Vygantas Paulauskas (Vilnius) Local Chair: Remigijus Leipus

(IMS Sponsored Meeting)

Workshop: Model Selection, Regularization, and Inference

July 12, 2018 – July 14, 2018

Vienna, Austria

The workshop is centered around the general theme of estimation and inference in situations where shrinkage methods based on model selection or regularization are employed, including high-dimensional scenarios where the number of parameters exceeds the sample size.

33rd International Workshop on Statistical Modelling

July 16, 2018 – July 20, 2018

Bristol, United Kingdom

The spirit of the workshop has always been to focus on problems motivated by real life data and on solutions that make novel contributions to the subject. We foster exchange of ideas and discussions among participants by avoiding parallel sessions. Cross-fertilization of ideas from different statistical disciplines has always been our aim.

CBMS Conference: Elastic Functional and Shape Data Analysis

July 16, 2018 – July 20, 2018

Columbus, Ohio, USA

The main focus of this conference is on geometric approaches, especially on using elastic Riemannian metrics with desired invariance properties, and square-root representations that simplify computations. These approaches allow joint registration and statistical analysis of functional data, and are termed elastic for that reason. The statistical goals include comparisons, summarization, clustering, modeling, and testing of functional and shape data objects.

(IMS Co-sponsored Meeting)

The 28th Annual Conference of the International Environmetrics Society (TIES 2018)

July 16, 2018 – July 21, 2018

Guanajuato, Mexico

The International Environmetrics Society (TIES) congresses seek
1. Highlighting and expanding existing methods in statistics, mathematics, and computing for the advancement of environmental studies.
2. Identifying the important needs and directions for future research.
3. Encouraging the participation, interaction and multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists in relation to environmental problems.
The TIES congresses are well established and have involved many of the most eminent researchers working in the area. This 28th installment is taking place for the first time in Mexico and we expect it to be as successful as its predecessors.

2018 Joint Statistical Meetings

July 28, 2018 – August 2, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

More info coming...

(IMS Sponsored Meeting)


Joint International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and Australian Statistical Conference 2018

August 26, 2018 – August 30, 2018

Melbourne, Australia

The aim of this conference is to bring together a broad range of statistical researchers across a variety of research areas to facilitate the international exchange of theory, methods and applications.


The Third Workshop on Higher-Order Asymptotics and Post-Selection Inference (WHOA-PSI)

September 8, 2018 – September 10, 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

The Third WHOA-PSI will focus on emerging frontiers in post-selection inference, with particular emphasis on issues of accuracy, power and validity. More than 30 invited talks, and also Ph.D. student posters, will present recent advances in high-dimensional, selective, simultaneous, and Bayesian inference. Special attention is given to analytic and bootstrap-based refinements. New methodologies for model selection or change-point analysis may also be discussed, as well as relevant applications in need of post-selection inference procedures.


Big Data Meets Survey Science

October 25, 2018 – October 27, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

BigSurv18 will bring together international researchers, practitioners, and experts to address how promising technologies and methodologies for using massive datasets can improve, supplement, or replace data and estimates from complex surveys and censuses. This conference will provide you with an opportunity to connect with individuals from around the globe who work in survey, market, and opinion research, statistics, data science, and computer science and to show them how you support innovation and data quality.


Jerusalem Joint Statistical Event 2018: Symposium in Honor of Prof Yoav Benjamini's 70th Birthday and 10th Conference of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the International Biometric Society (EMR-IBS)

December 17, 2018 – December 20, 2018

Jerusalem, Israel

Yoav Benjamini is one of the founding fathers of the false discovery rate (FDR) approach to multiple comparisons, which has emerged as a key tool in modern science. The symposium in his honor includes a strong lineup of invited speakers. We will again have a plenary talk in memory of Professor Marvin Zelen. Professor Zelen was a leader in the field of biostatistics and a strong supporter of the EMR, actively participating in the all the EMR conferences until the time of his passing.