Eventbrite - UP-STAT 2014-3rd Annual Statistical Science Conference of Upstate New York

Third Annual Joint Mini Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association

Geneseo, NY, April 12th, 2014

The theme for this year’s meeting is "Creating and Applying Tools for Massive Data Analytics." We are interested in all submissions related to the creative ways that statisticians can contribute to solving the many complex and interesting problems involving "big data" that have become ubiquitous in many fields of application.

Selected Themes for this Year's Conference

Novel approaches to analyzing "big data"
If you have developed new mathematical, statistical, or computational methods or approaches to the analysis of large, complex data sets, we strongly encourage you to consider submitting an abstract to present your work.
Applications of statistical and computational tools to massive data sets
If you are an applied statistician working in academia or in industry, and have worked on interesting problems involving large, complex data sets, then consider submitting an abstract to present your problem and the analysis that you performed to gain insight into your scientific question.
Re-thinking statistics education in the era of "big data"
The explosion in the interest in massive data analytics in many fields has important implications for the future of statistics education. What should we be teaching the next generation of high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students in order to equip them to address the complex analytical challenges that they are likely to face? What role should other disciplines play in this education? If you have ideas on this topic or examples that you would like to share on how you have altered educational practices, an abstract submission would be most welcome.
Statistics education in secondary schools (and beyond)
Given the vital importance of promoting statistics in secondary education, we would especially encourage abstract submissions dealing with statistics education in secondary schools (and beyond). Presentations could involve motivating examples of experimental design or statistical analysis derived from real-world problems; strategies for emphasizing the connections between probability and the development, evaluation, and implementation of statistical methods that are used to analyze data; ideas on how to integrate frequentist and Bayesian philosophies in a balanced curriculum; or any other innovative ideas concerning this topic.
Fun Statistics
As part of the education sub-theme, we are soliciting one session of “fun statistics” examples. This might include short demonstrations of probability examples (e.g., the Monty Hall problem or the birthday problem) at a widely accessible level that others could replicate and show to their students. We will award a prize for the best presentation in this session, and this competition is open to students, high school teachers, and anyone else with interesting, informative, and entertaining examples.

Data Competition

To further encourage student participation, we will hold a predictive modeling competition. A team of no more than 4 students may enter the competition by registering on the Data Competition page by Friday, February 21st, 2014. Teams will be required to submit their results and the code that they used to obtain their results by Monday, March 24th, 2014. A prize will be awarded to the top 3 teams.

Keynote Speaker

This year, we are extremely fortunate to have Professor David Banks from the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University as our keynote speaker. Professor Banks is an entertaining and engaging speaker with vast experience in data mining in many applications, including national security, medicine, electronic commerce, and social networking.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Notification of Acceptance of Submission
Friday, March 7th, 2014
Data Competition Entry Deadline
Friday, February 21st, 2014
Data Competition Submission Deadline
Monday, March 24th, 2014
Online Ticket Sales Close
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Deadline for Registration
Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Conference Topics

This year's conference will focus on (but is not limited to) Creating and Applying Tools for Massive Data Analytics. Submissions on the following topics are encouraged:

  • Novel approaches to analyzing "big data"
  • Applications of statistical and computational tools to massive data sets
  • Re-thinking statistics education in the era of "big data"
  • Statistics education in secondary schools (and beyond)
  • Other aspects of statistical methodology and applications
  • Fun statistics

When and Where

State University of New York Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PDT)


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