|Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability|
|International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS)|
|Standing Committee on Regional and Urban Statistics (SCORUS)|
|International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC)|
|International Association for Statistics Education (IASE)|
|International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP)|
|International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS)|
|International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS)|
|The International Environmetrics Society (TIES)|
|Newsletter Volume 34, No. 1 (100) 2010|
First, I would like to congratulate the Editors of
the ISI Newsletter for the 100th issue. For many years, it has
been a publication that provides interesting information about ISI activities
and news from the ISI Sections. It is an important way to learn about the
Institute as a whole family. I wish them to continue with the success of the
changes they have been doing recently.
Julia Brettschneider, Warwick University, has been
chosen as a new Council Member for 2009-2013 by the Executive Committee, in
accordance with Article 8.6 of the Statutes.
David Ruppert, Cornell University, is the new Editor of the Electronic Journal of Statistics (EJS) for the term January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2012. EJS is an open access publication sponsored by the Bernoulli Society and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
James Norris, Statistics Laboratory of the Centre
for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, was elected to be the new Chair of the
Committee of Conferences on Stochastic Processes (CCSP) from January 2010 for
two years. Committee Members are:
The Bernoulli Society is happy to announce that due to negotiations of the ISI Executive Committee, there is the possibility of World Bank funding for permanent residents in some developing countries to participate in the following events of the year 2010: The 28th European Meeting of Statisticians in Piraeus, Greece (August 17-22), and the 34th Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications in Osaka, Japan (September 6-10). Participants interesting in applying for these funds should look for further information on the websites of the Bernoulli Society and these meetings.
Sad news for our community: Erich L. Lehmann died on September 12th, 2009. He was Professor Emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley and made fundamental contributions to the theory of statistics. He was known to be a great mentor to young researchers in statistics. Erich L. Lehmann leaves a legacy of outstanding contributions to research, teaching and professional service recognized the world over. The obituary for Erich Lehmann by his family and Peter Bickel can be found on: http://isi.cbs.nl/BS/obituary-erich-lehmann.htm.
The Latin American Congress of Probability and
Mathematical Statistics (CLAPEM) took place again in Venezuela, from November 1st-6th,
2009. The place was the Club Puerto Azul, a location on the beach of the central
coast, not far from Caracas. There were 169 registered participants, mostly from
Latin American countries and also from other continents.
José León and Stella Brassesco
XI CLAPEM - Latin American Congress in Probability
and Mathematical Statistics November 1-6, 2009, Caracas, Venezuela
28th European Meeting of Statisticians (EMS) August 17-22, 2010, Piraeus, Greece
34th Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications (SPA) September
6-10, 2010, Osaka, Japan
58th ISI World Statistics Congress (formerly ISI Session) August 21-26, 2011,
8th World Congress of the Bernoulli Society
See http://isi.cbs.nl/BS/bsmeetings.htm for more information.
The European Meetings of Statisticians have already
been established among the major international meetings covering a broad area of
disciplines, such as mathematical statistics, biostatistics, computational
statistics, financial statistics, probability and applied probability. The
Meetings are held under the auspices of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical
Statistics and Probability, the IMS and ISI.
The 34th Conference on Stochastic
Processes and their Applications is organized under the auspices of the
Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability. It will be held
in Osaka, Japan, from September 6-10, 2010. The main venue will be the Senri
Life Science Center, located in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture.
Ichiro Shigekawa, Kyoto
The eighth World Congress in Probability and
Statistics will be organized by Koç University in Istanbul from July 9 to 14,
2012. This event is the 8th World Congress of the Bernoulli Society jointly
organized with the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Institute of Mathematical
Statistics. Scheduled every four years, this meeting is a major worldwide event
in mathematical statistics, probability, stochastic processes and their
applications. It features the latest scientific developments in these fields.
The program will cover a wide range of topics in mathematical statistics and
probability, presenting recent developments and the state of the art in a
variety of modern research topics and in applications, and featuring several
special plenary lectures presented by leading specialists. In addition, there
will be invited sessions highlighting topics of current research interests as
well as a large number of contributed talks and posters. The venue of the
meeting is Koç University located in Istanbul, which is a vibrant,
multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city bridging Europe and Asia. Istanbul has a
unique cultural conglomeration of east and west, offering many cultural and
touristic attractions, such as Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, Topkapı Palace and
Maiden's Tower. On behalf of the Scientific Program and Local Organizing
Committees, we invite you to join us in Istanbul for this exciting scientific
event. Your participation will ensure that the 2012 World Congress will be a
Welcome to the Bernoulli Society
Joining the Bernoulli Society is a way of supporting connections across the worldwide community of statisticians and probabilists. Getting involved in the Bernoulli Society is an excellent way of making scientific friends across the world. This can be done by running conferences; serving on the Society’s committees; sharing news and information with other members through the Bernoulli website and/or Bernoulli News; attending meetings; presenting initiatives to the Executive Committee. Like all sciences, probability and mathematical statistics are disciplines that know no boundaries. Joining the Bernoulli Society is one way to express this in tangible form - and is an important step towards establishing a broad global network of professional relationships to sustain one's professional career over the long-term.
As an opportunity to become a member, the Bernoulli
Retired persons, couples and members from some
developing countries continue to receive a 50% fee reduction. All the above
members receive the full membership benefits of a regular member.
Santiago, Chile, 20-22 October 2010
At the end of the year, we reached the deadline for
the submission of abstracts. Nearly 100 abstracts have been received.
The IAOS succeeded, in cooperation with the ISI and EFTA, to allocate a budget that can be used to support participation in the Conference. Certain criteria need to be met to receive funding, such us active participation (presentation of a paper or other active contribution) all with the objective of improving the capacity of statistical officers and academics in developing countries, providing them with basic statistical knowledge to develop statistical systems through participation in international conferences.
Following the decision of the last IAOS Executive Committee meeting, the criteria are under preparation and will be published on the website as soon as possible. Usually, the papers are reviewed by a group of experts.
Promotional material for IAOS 2010 is being produced and sent to international conferences as well as universities and national statistics offices. The website is being upgraded to provide a better service to the community and its users, such as an online payment method, availability of a social programme and tourism information on Chile.
This year Chile is holding its bicentennial celebration and a Commission has been created to promote and sponsor cultural and social activities during 2010. We are proud to announce that the IAOS 2010 Conference has received the Commission’s sponsorship and is part of the programmed bicentenary activities.
For more information, please visit the website: www.ine.cl/iaos2010/eng/index.html.
Santiago, Chile, 19 October 2010
A one-day seminar on governance of statistical systems will take place on 19 October 2010 in Santiago, Chile. The main objective is to bring together senior statisticians from Latin American countries, as well as representatives of other stakeholders such as statistical councils, academia and ministries. A number of presentations of good practices from LA countries, as well as from other parts of the world, will stimulate the discussion.
The aim of the seminar is to share good practice and to discuss some challenges in building and sustaining statistical systems. The seminar will be by invitation only. The national statistical offices of LA countries and a limited number of other countries will be asked to propose speakers as well as other participants.
Funding of active participation will be possible within the same rules as for the IAOS 2010 Conference.
The same guidelines for the authors of the papers as for the IAOS 2010 Conference apply.
The final version of the seminar programme will be prepared by the end of February 2010. It is expected the draft of the programme and the list of participants will be discussed at the IAOS Executive Committee meeting in New York.
Final papers and presentations will be requested well in advance in order to allow the participants to prepare themselves for active involvement in the discussion.
Statistics Finland and Eurostat invite you to the
next Quality Conference, to be held in Helsinki in May. Details are on:
As with its predecessors, the Q2010 Conference will offer participants a platform for high-level discussions on various types of quality issues and methodological aspects of statistics production. The Q2010 will, in particular, focus on meeting current and future challenges for reengineering the statistical business processes of the European Statistical System.
Registration will be available online through the Conference web page at: http://www.csb.gov.lv/scorus. Registration should be completed by 15 July 2010. For questions regarding registration or the program, please contact by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riga is served by the Riga International Airport, the main air traffic centre in the Baltic region (http://www.riga-airport.com).
Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe with more than 2.2 million inhabitants. Riga, its capital and largest city, currently has a population of more than 700,000. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its Art Nouveau (Jungendstil) architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
The scientific programme covers the following themes within the overall topic “Creating a knowledge base for successful cities and regions, along the statistical value chain”:
Statistical design (Huang Langhui, email@example.com)
for creating a knowledge base (Klaus Trutzel, KuM.Trutzel@t-online.de)
estimation and documentation (Stephen K.C. Leung, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Ms. Petra Kuncová, email@example.com)
Evaluation (quality and user satisfaction) (Ms. Teodora Brandmüller, Teodora.Brandmueller@ec.europa.eu)
Submissions are being accepted through 15 May 2010. If you want to present a paper, please submit an abstract not exceeding 300 words to the relevant coordinator or to the Chair of the Programme Committee by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAOS/SCORUS Conference on official statistics and the environment: Approaches, issues, challenges and linkages (Santiago, Chile, 20-22 October 2010)
The following sessions are organized by SCORUS members:
SCORUS sessions have been fortunate to receive contributions from the Chilean Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINVU) to provide a local perspective in each session.
World Urban Forum will take place on UN Habitat Day, 5 October 2010.
Asian Regional Conferences
Beijing Forum – Sponsored by the Metropolitan Bureau of Statistics
SCORUS – The International Network for regional and urban statistics
For information on joining the SCORUS list server or providing suggestions to the leadership group, please contact SCORUS Secretary Wendy Thomas at email@example.com.
Homage to Professor Emeritus Chooichiro Asano
On 6th December 2008 at Yokohama, Japan, the board of directors of the Asian Regional Section of the IASC decided to pay homage to Professor Emeritus Chooichiro Asano for his contributions to promoting computational statistics in Asia and his efforts in developing cooperation among the statisticians in Asia and other parts of the world. This decision was approved by the IASC Council at its meeting held in Durban, South Africa, in August 2009. The homage ceremony was held at the ARS special session of Japan Federation of Statistical Societies Conference at Doshisha University, Kyotanabe campus, on 8th September 2009.
Professor Asano has been very active in international activities such as Japan-China and Japan-Korea conferences to promote computational statistics in the East Asian region. During 27-28 October 1993, the Asian Conference on Statistical Computing was held in Beijing under the sponsorship of the IASC. At this meeting, the East Asian Regional Section (EARS) of the IASC was officially established. The Proceedings of this Conference was edited by Professor Asano and was published under the name of the IASC. Professor Asano was elected as the founding EARS Chairperson at this Conference. In 1997, Professor Asano proposed to change the name of EARS to the Asian Regional Section (ARS) at the meeting of the EARS board of directors, and the IASC Council approved the proposal. Professor Asano has served as Chair of the board of directors of the ARS from 1993 to 2002.
To commemorate Professor Chooichro Asano's outstanding contribution to both the ARS and the IASC, and to celebrate his pioneering efforts in tying up the links between the researchers in Asia and other regions of the world, the ARS with the help of the IASC decided to offer him a homage ceremony.
Moon Yul Huh, Chairperson of
The 3rd International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics (CFE'09) and 2nd International Workshop of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics
The 3rd International Conference on
Computational and Financial Econometrics (CFE'09) and 2nd
International Workshop of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics took
place the 29-31 October 2009, Grand Resort Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus. The joint
meeting was endorsed by International Association for Statistical Computing and
supported by the CSDA journal. There were approximately 550 participants and
around 460 presentations. The programme and book of abstracts can be found on
The 2010 meetings will take place in London, 10-13
December 2010, and will be hosted and organized by the London School of
Economics and Queen Mary, University of London UK. Further details will be made
available on the web:
2010 Spring Conference of the Korean Statistical
Society held jointly with the Asia Regional Section of the International
Association for Statistical Computing
Helen MacGillivray, Queensland University of
Gardens Point Campus, GPO Box 2434 Brisbane Q4001, Australia
Telephone 61-7-31382337, Fax 61-7-31382310
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.qut.edu.au
Andrej Blejec, National Institute of Biology,
Vecna pot 111 POB 141, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel: +386 1 423 33 88, Fax: +386 1 2412 980
K. Laurence Weldon, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science,
Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
Tel: +1 604 291 3667, Fax: +1 604 291 4368
Planning for ICOTS 8 to be held in historic Ljubljana, Slovenia, 11-16 July 2010, is at an advanced stage. The second circular was released in November and can be found on the Conference website, icots8.org. The website contains registration, accommodation and tour details along with a link to the Convention Centre in Ljubljana where registration and accommodation requests are being processed. You are reminded that the cut off date for early bird registration is 31 March 2010.
A full programme of 250 invited papers and 140 contributed papers is developed. The plenary addresses will be presented by Hans Rosling (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Gerd Gigerenzer (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin), Cliff Konold (University of Massachusetts), Jessica Utts (University of California) and Anuska Ferligoj (University of Ljubljana). A new feature is a plenary session of debates on topical and controversial statistical issues organised by Chris Wild with the title "The great debates of ICOTS 8".
Poster presentations can be submitted to the poster coordinators Mojca Bavdaz (email@example.com) and Alesa Lotric Dolinar (firstname.lastname@example.org) up to the date of 15 February 2010. Guidelines for the preparation of posters are on the website.
The referee process is now complete and the Conference Proceedings are being
prepared with all papers included. Authors are reminded that they should follow
the guidelines for preparation of manuscripts.
A draft timetable will be released during February 2010. At the time of writing this article, it appears there will be seven parallel sessions at the Conference. On the Monday, many sessions timetabled will be in areas of interest to the ISBIS community. Note the special rate for ISBIS delegates to attend on the Sunday afternoon and Monday. Our ISBIS friends are welcome to come to the Conference opening and first day of papers.
Please keep checking the website, icots8.org, over the next few months for Conference announcements.
Contributed by John Harraway
Dear Members and its Sections,
For the next four years, I am leading the ISLP (International Statistical Literacy Project) together with Dr. Pedro Campos and Dr. Sharleen Forbes. Pedro, Sharleen and I strongly believe in cooperation. We hope that you will also contribute to the ISLP and advance our common goal to improve statistical literacy worldwide.
At the moment, the International Statistical Literacy Project is seeking country representatives to promote and implement project activities. Please read the announcement included further in this ISI Newsletter and be active! You can also follow our project from our web page: www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/islp/.
Please feel welcome to cooperate with us!
Reija Helenius is the new Director of the ISLP. She comes from Finland, where she works as Head of Development in the Information Services Unit of Statistics Finland. She is an ISI elected member and an IASE member. In her current job, her main task is to develop user-friendly services for users of statistics. Statistical training and national statistical offices´ cooperative activities with educational institutions are especially close to her heart. For the next four years, she will lead the ISLP together with Dr. Pedro Campos and Dr. Sharleen Forbes. An ISLP Advisory Board will assist them with their work. A common aim is to improve statistical literacy worldwide.
Pedro Campos, a Deputy Director of the ISLP, comes from Portugal where he is working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Porto and teaches statistics and information systems. He is also working in the Department of Methodology and Information Systems in Statistics Portugal (INE). He is an IASE member and a member of the Research Unit LIAAD-INESC (Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support). Pedro was one of the pioneers in organising a pilot ISLP statistical literacy competition for the first time in Portugal in 2007.
Sharleen Forbes, a Deputy Director of the ISLP, is a New Zealander who has worked at Statistics New Zealand since 1994. Currently, she is a General Manager in the Statistics Education & Research Unit there. She also holds an adjunct professorship in official statistics at the School of Government, Victoria University, Wellington. Sharleen has a long-standing interest in mathematics education, in the measurement of gender and ethnic differences in mathematics in particular, and in the application of simple techniques to explain longitudinal data. Sharleen is an ISI elected member, IASE and IAOS member. She is working very actively in different statistical associations and committees.
Call for country representatives
The International Statistical Literacy Project is seeking country representatives to promote and implement project activities. The mission of the ISLP is to support, create and participate in statistical literacy activities and promoting these around the world.
We are seeking a person or team who is willing to help advance statistical literacy in their country or region. An ISLP country representative might be an employee of a statistical office or of an educational institution or might be a member of a society. They may be an ISI and/or Section member, but the membership is not obligatory.
- improve statistical literacy
- give suggestions and ideas of how to develop the ISLP
- advance and implement ISLP plans within own country/region
- provide informational material (e.g. on coming events, country´s ISLP activities) to the ISLP team and the ISLP Newsletter.
If you are interested in becoming a country representative and working in this
international cooperation project, please contact the ISLP Director, Reija
Helenius, by e-mail (email@example.com)
by the 15th of February 2010. The ISLP team will handle the informal
applications and inform about selections during February 2010.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Reija (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reija Helenius, Director of ISLP
President IASS, Australian Bureau of Statistics, ABS House, 45
Benjamin Way, Belconnen ACT 2615, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 6252 5000
Fax: +61 2 6252 8080
Scientific Secretary IASS, Westat
1600 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: +1 301 251 4254
Meunier, Executive Director
Claude Olivier, Secretary
INSEE/CEFIL, 3 rue de la Cité, 33500 Libourne, France
Tel: +33 5 5755 5600 (Claude Olivier)
Tel: +33 22.214.171.124.06 (Catherine Meunier)
Fax: +33 5 5755 5620
Anna Maria Vespa, Executive Secretary,
INSEE, 18, Bd. Adolphe Pinard 75014 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 5368 5571, Fax: +33 1 5368 5501
|Message from the IASS President|
|Message from the IASS Scientific Secretary|
|Cochran-Hansen Prize 2011|
As the New Year sets in, the IASS is active on a number of fronts. Our aim is to foster interest in and development of the theory and practice of statistics related to surveys and censuses. We do this through supporting related meetings and conferences, through IASS sponsored meetings at the biennial ISI World Statistics Congresses (WSC) and through short courses held in conjunction with these Congresses. We also promote networking and sharing of ideas through our newsletter, The Survey Statistician, and through the IASS website (http://isi.cbs.nl/iass/).
Currently, we are encouraging anyone organising international workshops or conferences on relevant topics, who would like to seek IASS support in 2011, to get in touch with us if possible before 31st March. We are also looking for input in terms of the short courses to be run in Dublin, in conjunction with the 2011 ISI World Statistics Congress, and for input to the program of meetings to be put together for the 2013 ISI World Statistics Congress in Hong Kong, SAR China.
Also, we are keen to encourage people from developing and transitional countries to consider applying for the Cochran- Hansen Prize for 2011, which includes coverage of reasonable expenses to attend the ISI WSC in Dublin. This is a Prize for the best paper on survey research methods from a young statistician in a developing or transitional country. If you, or someone you know, is eligible for the Prize and has an interest in this area, please consider applying for it or encouraging them to. Contacts and more information in each of these areas are given in the Message from the IASS Scientific Secretary below.
An important focus of the IASS Council this year will be to enhance both our website and our newsletter, The Survey Statistician, to improve their use in building and sharing knowledge related to survey statistics. We have a new editorial team for our newsletter, Natalie Shlomo (UK) and Frank Yu (Australia), and we are in the process of building a small website team to make progress on ideas for improvements to the website and its relationship to The Survey Statistician, which we are proposing to make electronic. We are always looking for members to become actively involved in the work of the IASS, and if you have an interest in joining those already helping, please get in touch. We also welcome any comments or suggestions you have on IASS activities.
The IASS is always keen to welcome new members as well. The registration form for individual members can be found on our website (http://isi.cbs.nl/iass/). For organisations wishing to join, please contact our Executive Director, Catherine Meunier (email@example.com).
I wish you all a productive and happy year for 2010.
The program of the IASS short courses, which are offered immediately prior to the biennial meetings of the ISI, is the most significant educational activity of the IASS. We start planning for the 2011 ISI WSC, Dublin, by collecting ideas from IASS members for new short courses. These are new courses that are thought to be valuable additions to the pre-conference training program for 2011. If you have a short course topic that you feel would be a valuable addition to the Dublin 2011 program, please submit your proposal for a new short course to Leyla Mohadjer at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st April 2010. After that date, the IASS Executive will review the historical offerings and the new proposals, and establish a preliminary program of short courses for Dublin 2011. Please include the following information in your proposal:
• Course title and subject area description;
• Name of text (if applicable), source of other instructional materials;
• Syllabus for a course of approximately two days (12-16 contact hours);
• Target audience for the course, evidence of demand (optional);
• Statement of relevance to the general IASS membership;
• Statement of special relevance to statisticians in developing and transitional countries who are likely to attend the ISI WSC in Dublin.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the International Association of Survey Statisticians established the Cochran-Hansen Prize to be awarded every two years to the best paper on survey research methods submitted by a young statistician from a developing or transitional country.
Participation in the competition for the Prize is open to nationals of developing or transitional countries who are living in such countries and who were born in 1967 or later.
Papers submitted must be unpublished original works. They may include materials from the participant's university thesis. They should be in either English or French. Papers for consideration should be submitted to the IASS Secretariat at the address below to arrive by December 2010. Each submission should be accompanied by a cover letter that gives the participant's year of birth, nationality, and country of residence. The cover letter must also indicate if the work submitted is the result of a PhD thesis and, in the case of joint papers, the prize candidate must state clearly what his/her contribution to the paper is.
The papers submitted will be examined by the Cochran-Hansen Prize Committee appointed by the IASS. The decision of the Committee is final.
The winner of the Prize will be invited to present his/her paper at the 58th ISI World Statistics Congress to be held in Dublin, Ireland, 21-26 August 2011, and the name of the winner will be announced at the ISI General Assembly in Dublin.
The author of the winning paper will receive the Cochran-Hansen Prize in the form of books and journal subscriptions to the value of about € 500, and will receive reasonable travel and living expenses paid in order to present the paper at the ISI WSC in Dublin.
For further information, please contact:
Madame Claude Olivier, Secretary
INSEE/CEFIL, 3 rue de la Cité, 33500 Libourne, France
Tel: +33 5 5755 5600
Fax: +33 5 5755 5620
Yves-Laurent Grize, Baloise Insurance Group
Aeschengraben 21, CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland
Tel: +41612857018; Fax: +41612859023
Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, Department of
Information Systems & Decision Sciences, ESSEC Business School Paris
Avenue Bernard Hirsch, B.P. 50105
95021 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France
Tel: +33-1-3443-3656 - Fax: +33-1-3443-3691
ISBIS official Journal - Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry (ASMBI):
|Message from the ISBIS President|
|News about ISBIS-2010|
|ISBIS-2010 Funding from the World Bank for Participants from Developing Countries|
|Report from Past Conference|
|ISBIS Young Statisticians Group (y-BIS)|
|News from the ASMBI Journal|
|Honors/Awards for ISBIS Members|
It is a pleasure for me to be able to start the New Year by sharing with you two excellent news items for ISBIS!
The first one concerns the creation of a competition, the y-BIS Prize, open to young ISBIS members for the best paper presented at our biennial international symposium: This prize valued at US$ 1,000 is sponsored by the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) and the American Statistical Association (ASA). You will find more details below in this ISI Newsletter. Let me thank the NISS and ASA for their generosity as well as our Vice-President of Scientific Program Nick Fisher, who was instrumental in organizing this fantastic reward for talented young statisticians.
The second excellent news item concerns the financial support that the World Bank is granting to the ISBIS to help statisticians from developing countries attend ISBIS-sponsored conferences during this and early next year. This is part of a larger agreement between the ISI and this financial organization. Details concerning the qualification procedure are currently being formulating by the Executive Committee and myself, and will be posted soon on our website www.isbisb.org. So please look out to be the first ones to take advantage of this generous but limited opportunity. More details appear in a specific section below in this Newsletter.
Speaking of conferences let me remind you that the next ISBIS meeting will be ISBIS-2010, our biennial International Symposium on Business and Industrial Statistics, taking place in the seaside resort of Portoroz (Slovenia) on the Adriatic Sea, from 5-9 July. The Organizers informed me that registration opened mid-January, so remember to register soon to profit from the early bird fees (see also below in this Newsletter).
Now talking of fees, let me mention that by joining ISBIS you will save money! Not only are the discounted fees offered to ISBIS members at ISBIS conferences substantially lower than for normal participants (e.g. at ISBIS-2010 the discount is double the full membership fees for developed countries), but as a member you will enjoy further advantages:
An international journal, Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry (ASMBI) (free online access to ISBIS members);
A regular newsletter (free to ISBIS members);
25% discount* on Wiley books for ISBIS members (*some restrictions apply);
A website - www.isbis.org - that provides a broad range of information and a Members Only area with access to ASMBI and ISBIS sponsored events.
Another reason to join ISBIS includes, of course, the excellent networking opportunities with numerous well-known statisticians from across the world. Especially if you are a young statistician, you may want join our Young Statisticians’ group y-BIS, whose aim is to facilitate communications among people starting their careers and provides support in a variety of ways — jobs network, Help Desk and more.
If this is not enough, allow me to add that the ISBIS membership fees for people under 30 years of age is reduced, and if you are also a student, it is … Can you guess it? Yes, it is free (for the first two years). So, why should you wait? I am looking forward to welcoming you into the ISBIS family soon!
Have a great 2010!
Planning for ISBIS-2010 is now well advanced. We have an exciting scientific program in prospect that significantly broadens the scope of previous ISBIS biennial meetings. Highlights include (but are not limited to!):
The Invited Session stream on Tuesday 6th July devoted to Image Analysis, featuring one of the two co-founders of Image Analysis and Mathematical Morphology, Jean Serra. Professor Serra will give the opening plenary address, outlining the development of the subject he initiated with George Matheron in the 1960’s. He will then present a tutorial introduction to Image Analysis, which will be followed by three Invited Papers by other leading practitioners. There will be a significant emphasis on how this substantial body of methodology has been applied to solve a vast range of problems in optical microscopy, histology, signal compression, multispectral imagery, material sciences and many other industrial settings.
A final plenary afternoon on the future of statistical computing for large and complex data sets, with the closing plenary address given by Lee Edlefsen, Vice-President of Engineering of REvolution Computing. Dr. Edlefsen has had a long career developing data analysis and visualization software. He played a leading role in designing and developing three award-winning, commercially successful software programs (Gauss, Axum, and S-PLUS for Windows), and was the co-founder and CEO of three successful software companies.
Significant emphasis on Financial Services, Health Services, and other emerging topics in the service economy, in addition, of course, to more mainstream topics in Business and Industrial Statistics.
An ASMBI Discussion Paper by Ming Li, Steve Holland and Bill Meeker on a problem in Automatic Crack Detection.
A number of invited and contributed sessions and activities, including a Development Workshop, specifically targeting Young Statisticians.
For more information, please visit: www.action-m.com/isbis2010.
ISBIS-2010, the biennial international symposium sponsored by the International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS), will be held at a delightful resort on the Adriatic coast, the Grand Hotel Bernardin, Adriatic Resort & Convention Center, Portoroz in Slovenia, from 6-9 July 2010.
The scientific program will focus on important statistical issues relating to productivity improvement and decision-making at all levels of business and industry, including financial services and health services.
There will be particular emphasis on industrial applications of Statistical Image Analysis, with an opening plenary address and tutorial introduction to the subject by Professor Jean Serra, co-founder of Image Analysis and Mathematical Morphology in the 1960’s; and on future directions for statistical computing for large and complex data sets, concluding with a plenary address by one of the leading figures in the area, Dr. Lee Edlefsen of REvolution Computing. Another interesting feature will be an ASMBI Discussion Paper, by Ming Li, Steve Holland and Bill Meeker, on automatic crack detection in image sequence data.
The Symposium will be preceded, on 5 July 2010, by a half-day Developmental Workshop for young statisticians led by the Executive Director of the American Statistical Association, Dr. Ron Wasserstein, and the current President of the ASA, Dr. Sastry Pantula.
ISBIS-2010 will provide a varied and stimulating scientific program of invited and contributed papers, and excellent opportunities for formal and informal exchanges. Authors will have the opportunity to submit extended versions of their papers for publication in the Society's journal, Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry. Also, there will be an enjoyable social program.
Call for Papers: http://www.action-m.com/isbis2010/tracks.php
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International Symposium on Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS-2010) Portoroz, Slovenia, 5-9 July 2010
The World Bank has provided funds through the ISI to provide partial support for a limited number of participants from developing countries (list of 144 countries as defined by the World Bank, http://web.worldbank.org/) for ISBIS-2010. The support will cover registration fees. In selected cases, funding will also provide partial support for travel and hotel expenses. This additional amount will vary depending on the number of applicants and their needs. We plan to support the participation of at least 15 persons with these funds.
You will need to comply with the following requirements:
a) You need to be a member of ISBIS; if you are not currently a member, you can join the Society prior to participation in the Conference. See http://www.isbis.org/membership.html for information on how to become a member.
b) You must be a citizen and full-time resident of a developing country according to the World Bank list of developing countries (see below).
c) You need to present an invited or contributed paper. If you are not already on the invited program, you can submit a contributed paper through the website at http://www.action-m.com/isbis2010/.
The deadline for submission is 31 March 2010.
Application Process for Funding:
Please send a copy of your CV, proof of citizenship and residency in a developing country, abstract of your talk (no more than an A4 page, approximately 400-450 words. Please use only plain English text, with no formulas, i.e. no Tex or LaTeX), and a one-page cover letter (that includes rationale for the funding request, the amount of funding requested, and how you will cover the remaining costs to participate in the Conference). The goal of the grant from World Bank is capacity building in developing countries, so your cover letter should indicate clearly how your participation in ISBIS 2010 will contribute to this goal.
The application should be submitted via e-mail to Dr. Yves Grize, President of
ISBIS at email@example.com.
The application must be received by 31 March 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by 20 April 2010.
The theme of the Conference was Industry and Environment and ISBIS was one of the sponsors. Last year, the meeting was at the University of Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela from 25-29 October 2009. The meeting brought together the communities of both countries to find a better approach that encourages the exchange, strengthening and development in the field of research and application of Statistics. This event has been conducted annually since 2004, exchanging locations between Colombia and Venezuela.
The Chair of the Organizing Committee was Teodoro Garcia from the University of
Carabobo. The President of the University gave the inaugural speech and the
Vice-President also was in attendance. This was a very significant event for the
There were about 130 participants, mainly from Venezuela and Colombia, and a few from the neighboring countries. ISBIS sponsored six main speakers and three workshops. Abdel El- Shaarawi (Canada) and Bovas Abraham (Canada) gave plenary talks. Alberto Ferrer (Spain), Yulia Gel (Canada), Valderio Reisen (Brazil) and Geoff Vining (USA) also gave main talks on behalf of ISBIS. Bovas Abraham and Yulia Gel gave a workshop on Time Series, and Valderio Reisen and Mercedes Toscano gave a workshop on Long Memory Time Series. There were several sessions on industrial statistics and environmental statistics from speakers from industrial and governmental organizations in Venezuela and Colombia. There was a lot of encouragement and effort to get students to participate in the Conference and a sizable number of students were involved. The talks and workshops were well received and it was a pleasure to exchange ideas with Latin American colleagues.
Paulo Canas Rodrigues
The recently formed ISBIS Young Statisticians group,
y-BIS, will have a number of activities at the next International Symposium on
Business and Industrial Statistics, ISBIS-2010. Namely:
(i) a half-day developmental workshop specifically focused on the needs of Young Statisticians;
(ii) a few Invited Paper sessions in the scientific program organized by y-BIS members;
(iii) a y-BIS Special Invited Session with the Scientific Journal Editors to clarify those questions no one answered you before;
(iv) a Best Paper award for papers presented by y-BIS members, sponsored by NISS and the American Statistical Association, valued at US$ 1000.
More information about how to join y-BIS and this meeting can be found in http://www.action-m.com/isbis2010/.
Paulo Canas Rodrigues
ASMBI (Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry), the official ISBIS journal, is always looking for papers combining innovative methodologies and sound applications in the broad area of business and industrial statistics. It is worth mentioning the most recent and forthcoming ASMBI discussion papers:
Understanding the Shape of the Mixture Failure Rate (with Engineering and Demographic Applications) by Maxim Finkelstein (presented at the ASMBI session in the ISBIS Conference in Stellenbosch) - Vol. 25, n. 6 (2009)
Data Analytics and Stochastic Modeling in a Semiconductor Fab by Natarajan, Bagchi, Baseman, Davenport, Slonim and Weiss (IBM USA and Israel) - Vol. 25, n. 1 (2010)
Risk Modelling with the Mixed Erlang Distribution by Sheldon Lin and Gordon Willmot
Reliability and non-destructive evaluation by Bill Meeker and co-authors (to be presented at the ASMBI session in the ISBIS 2010 Conference in Slovenia in July 2010).
ASMBI will also publish a special issue with papers from ISBIS 2010, after the published issue on ISBIS 2007 and the forthcoming on ISBIS 2008.
Fugee Tsung, Acting Head of Industrial Engineering and
Logistics Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
(HKUST), has been elected Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ),
becoming one of only four ASQ Fellows in the Greater China Region. Fugee Tsung
is currently a member of the ISBIS Council.
"China now becomes the world factory - with ‘Made in China’ labeled everywhere. Quality is actually the key to sustain its success. In addition, quality improvement and control has become a core technique in business and service sectors as well. I am delighted to see that the importance of quality (including quality assurance and testing) is gaining increasing recognition and our government has selected testing and certification services as one of the six pillar industries for economic development”, said Professor Tsung. A press release is available at: http://www.ust.hk/eng/news/press_20091204-729.html
ISBIS Website (www.isbis.org)
The address of the official ISBIS website is
www.isbis.org. This is the place to
look for up-to-date information on the activities of ISBIS including a
member-only zone with electronic access to the ASMBI-Journal, list of members,
papers from past conferences and much more.
For further information on the website, or suggestions for its content, please contact Yves Grize (ISBIS President) at:
Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi
Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi
ISBIS membership is open to all individuals and
organizations with a professional interest in any aspect of business, financial
and industrial statistics. There are individual, institutional, and student
memberships. Details and application forms can be obtained from the ISBIS
website (www.isbis.org) or contact Yves-Laurent Grize
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Yulia R. Gel (email@example.com).
If you are already a member of the ISI and one of its Sections, you can add ISBIS to your membership for a small fee by sending an e-mail to Margaret de Ruiter-Molloy in the ISI Office (@cbs.nl).
You can now renew your ISBIS membership electronically by using the form on: http://isi.cbs.nl/intro-payment.htm
Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi
TIES 2010 - The 21st Annual Conference of The International Environmetrics Society
The next Annual Conference of The International Environmetrics Society will be held in Margarita Island, Venezuela, from the 20th until the 25th of June 2010. The main Conference theme is: Sustaining our environment under changing conditions: Quantitative methodological challenges.
The program includes courses, plenary talks, invited sessions, as well as general poster and contributed sessions. Plenary Talks include the President’s Invited Lecture that will be given by Professor Bruno Sansó from the University of California in Santa Cruz.
Invited Sessions include topics in:
• Air quality monitoring and assessment
• Indicators of environmental change
• Environmental data quality assessments
• Monitoring and modeling of environmental systems
• Environmental sustainability assessments
• Environmental standards
• Environmental vulnerability and risk assessments
• Space-time modeling of environmental data
• Spatio-Temporal analysis of human health
• Spatio-Temporal modeling of extremes
• Statistics in Paleoclimate
• Outreach in environmental statistics
• Valuation of ecosystem services
• Water quality monitoring and assessment
5 March 2010: Early registration deadline
19 March 2010: Deadline for submission of abstracts to appear in the Conference Book of Abstracts
For more information on the Conference, check the web page: http://ties2010.cesma.usb.ve