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75th Anniversary Research Conference

Sep 29, 2023 - 12:00 AM
to Oct 1, 2023 - 11:59 PM


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September 29 – October 1, 2023         


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Plenary speaker bios


Friday, September 29, 2023

Venue: Great Hall of the Memorial Union

 8:00 –  8:30: Registration and Continental Breakfast (Anteroom/Entrance to Great Hall)

 8:30 –  8:50: Welcome and Opening 

 9:00 – 10:00: George W. Snedecor Memorial Distinguished Lecture

                        Xiao-Li Meng,  Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics, Harvard University


10:00 – 10:25: Coffee/Tea Break (Anteroom/Entrance to Great Hall)

10:25 – 11:30: Invited Session on Statistics in Technological Innovations

             10:25 – 10:45: Yili Hong, Virginia Tech

                                Title: Reliability Analysis of Artificial Intelligence Systems Using Recurrent Events Data from Autonomous Vehicles

              10:47 – 11:07: Andee Kaplan, Colorado State University 

                                Title: Improved Recursive Bayesian Inference with Streaming Data

              11:09 – 11:29: Dan W. Adrian, Grand Valley State University

                                Title: Improved Activation Detection from Magnitude and Phase functional MRI data

11:30 – 12:15: Buffet Lunch (Great Hall of the Memorial Union)

12:15 – 1:15: Henry A. Wallace Memorial Distinguished Lecture

                       Karen Kafadar, Commonwealth Professor of Statistics, University of Virginia 

                         TitleStatistics in 2023: The critical role of Robust Statistical Methods for Big Data

 1:15  – 1:30: Break

 1:30 – 2:35: Invited Session on Statistics in Society 

             1:30 – 1:50: Adam Pintar, National Institute of Standards and Technology

                                  Title: An Introduction to Ranking Data and a Case Study of a National Survey of First Responders

              1:52 – 2:12: Anindya Roy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

                                  Title: Utility-Preserving Privacy Mechanisms for Time Series Data

               2:14 – 2:34: Melanie Wall, Columbia University

                                  TitleA Prediction Tool for Individual Outcome Trajectories across the next year in First Episode Psychosis in Coordinated Specialty Care


 2:35 – 3:00: Coffee/Tea Break/Light Refreshments (Anteroom/Entrance of Great Hall)

  3:00 – 4:00: Charles R. Henderson Memorial Distinguished Lecture

                          Rina Foygel Barber, Louis Block Professor of Statistics, University of Chicago

                          Title: Recent results in distribution-free predictive inference: the jackknife+ and algorithmic stability


Friday, September 29, 2023 

Venue: Snedecor Hall

   4:30 – 6:00: Welcome Reception (Snedecor Hall)

   7:00 – 9:00: Invited Panel on Research Careers in an Industrial Setting (3105, Snedecor Hall)                     

                          Chair: STATers Graduate Group

                          Speakers: Derek Blythe, Illumina

                                            Nicholas B. Larson, Mayo Clinic

                                            Ming Li, PetSmart


Saturday, September 30, 2023 

Venue: Alliant Energy – Lee Liu Auditorium of Howe Hall

8:00 –  8:30: Registration and Continental Breakfast (Howe Hall, first floor)

8:30 –  9:30: Wayne A. Fuller Distinguished Lecture

                       Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen,  University Professor of Biostatistics, Statistics and Data Science, University of Pennsylvania

                        Title: Introducing the Forster-Warmuth Nonparametric Counterfactual Regression

9:30 – 9:50: Coffee/Tea Break (Howe Hall, first floor)

10:00 – 11:05: Invited Session on Statistical Genetics

           10:00 – 10:20: Brooke Fridley, Moffit Cancer Center 

                         Title: spatialGE*: Understanding the Diversity of the Tumor Microenvironment using Spatial Transcriptomics 

           10:22 – 10:42: Emily A. King, AbbVie

                           Title: Analysis of high content imaging data of CRISPR knockouts in six cell lines

            10:44 – 11:04: Kun Liang, University of Waterloo

                            TitleRNA-Seq Analysis with Complex Auxiliary Data: Estimating & Controlling False Discovery Rates

11:05 – 11:30: Coffee/Tea Break (Howe Hall, first floor)

11:30 – 12:30: Distinguished Alumnal Lecture

                         Scott Vander Wiel, Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

                         Title: Functional Nuclear Data  Estimating and Propagating Uncertain Functions

12:30 – 2:30:  Lunch and Contributed Poster Session (Howe Hall Atrium) [poster registration]

2:30 – 4:00:  Invited Session on Statistical Learning

    2:30 – 2:50: Tanzy Love, University of Rochester

                          Title: Grafted and Vanishing Random Subspaces in Ensemble Classification

    2:52 – 3:12: Hongmei Zhang, University of Memphis

                  Title: Network comparisons with application to epigenetic studies

    3:14 – 3:34:  Wen Zhou, Colorado State University

                    Title: Optimal nonparametric inference on network effects for relational data with dependent edges

    3:36 – 3:56: Garrit L. Page, Brigham Young University

                             Title: Informed Bayesian Finite Mixture Models via Asymmetric Dirichlet Priors

  4:00 – 4:30: Coffee/Tea Break/Light Refreshments (Howe Hall Atrium)

  4:30 – 5:30:  Herbert A. David Memorial Distinguished Lecture

                        Soumendra N. Lahiri, Stanley A. Sawyer Professor in Mathematics and Statistics, Washington University

                        Title: On the validity of the Central Limit Theorem in high dimensions


Saturday, September 30, 2023

Venue: Gateway Hotel 

6:30 – 9:00: Conference Banquet and 75th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture (Gateway Hotel)

                        Hal S. Stern, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and Chancellor’s Professor,  

                                               Department of Statistics,  University of California, Irvine

                       Title: A Rose by Any Other Name: Statistics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence




Sunday, October 1, 2023

Venue: Alliant Energy – Lee Liu Auditorium of Howe Hall

 8:00 –  8:30: Registration and Continental Breakfast (Howe Hall, first floor)

 8:30 – 9:35: Invited Session: Statistics in the National Laboratories

              8:30 – 8:50: Carlos Llosa-Vite, Sandia National Laboratories

                                  Title: Poisson Response Tensor-on-Tensor Regression and Applications

               8:52 – 9:12: Emily M. Casleton, Los Alamos National Laboratory

                                  TitleThe Statistician's Role in the World of Foundation Models: A Case Study

               9:14 – 9:34: Karl T. Pazdernik, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

                                  Title: Statistics in Natural Language Processing: Challenges and Opportunities

  9:35 – 10:00: Coffee/Tea Break (Howe Hall, first floor)

 10:00 – 11:00: Laurence H. Baker Memorial Distinguished Lecture

                           Kenneth L. Lange, Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld Endowed Professor of Computational Genetics and

                                                           Chair of the Department of Human Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles 

                            Title: Examples of MM Algorithms

 11:00 – 11:20: Coffee/Tea Break(Howe Hall, first floor)

 11:20 – 12:20: George F. Zyskind Memorial Distinguished Lecture

             Emmanuel Candès, Barnum-Simons Chair in Mathematics and Statistics, Stanford University 

              Title: Model-Free Selective Inference

12:20 – 12:30: Closing

 12:30 – 2:00: Lunch (Howe Hall, Atrium)


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