Mailings for WSC

Virtual 63rd ISI World Statistics Congress 2021
Statistics and Data Science for a Better World

Invitation to Propose Invited Sessions for WSC 2021
Proposals due: 15 November 2020

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will be held 11-16 July as a virtual conference. The WSC theme “Statistics and Data Science for a Better World” highlights the developments and contributions of statistics and data science in various domains of application that impact all aspects of life. The Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), Nalini Ravishanker, invites the statistical community to submit proposals for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS). Please use the Submission System.

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will host talks and presentations on a wide variety of topics, with the overall goal of presenting a balanced programme that provides a sense of the current state and future direction of statistics, data science and their applications. The programme will span sectors of practice including academia, business, industry, government and official statistics along with the breadth of ISI and Associations affiliated with ISI. Topics include but are not limited to official statistics, survey statistics, environmental statistics, business and industrial applications of statistics, mathematical statistics, probability, statistics and data science education, statistical literacy and statistical computing and data visualization.

Accepted Invited Sessions will be held either live-streamed or pre-recorded, details will be given later. The pre-recorded sessions will have a time to have live interactions with attendees. The SPC will determine which IPS will be offered in which modality, but all submissions should be willing to do either.

Live-streamed

Real-time (synchronous) sessions will be scheduled each day. This time block is necessarily limited, given the desire to reach out to all time zones. It will last two and a half hours from 14:00 to 16:30 Central European Summer Time. The relevant times are:

CountryStartEnd
West Coast USA05:0007:30
The Netherlands14:0016:30
Japan21:0023:30
Australia (Sydney)22:0000:30
New Zealand00:0002:30

Pre-recorded

Asynchronous, pre-recorded sessions will be released each day during the conference. Opportunities to interact with presenters either live or via chat will be available.

Invited Paper Sessions

IPS proposals must meet the following requirements and include the following information:

  1. Session Title – description
  2. Connection to ISI, Associations or Committees
  3. Organiser – name, affiliation, contact information
  4. Session Chair – name, affiliation, contact information
  5. For each speaker,
    1. Name, affiliation, contact information
    2. Title of talk (if appropriate – not needed for panel)
    3. Abstract

The best proposals will include participants that reflect the diversity of ISI including age, gender and country/region. Strong proposals will have speakers confirming their willingness to participate should the programme be accepted. Note that speakers can only speak in one session.

When submitting a proposal, you should indicate to which of the ISI Associations your session is related:

  1. If you specify more than one Association, choose a primary one and your proposal will be first reviewed by that Association under the guidance of its representative on theSPC.
  2. If you think that your proposal does not relate to any ISI Association, you may choose ISI as the primaryassociation.
  3. Proposals will be reviewed by the SPC on a competitivebasis.

Just a quick reminder: each proposal should include a brief description and justification for the proposed session and a list of presenters and discussants who have agreed to participate. The selection criteria will take into account scientific quality, impact, and overall diversity.

IPS Selection Criteria 

The SPC will select IPS to ensure that the WSC programme:

  1. is interesting, of high quality, with sessions that emphasize innovative ideas, approaches and/or applications to problems ofimportance;
  2. reflects a balance of Organisers / Presenters / Discussants from around theworld and a diversity of participants with respect to age, gender and statisticalinterests.

Invited Papers historically have been and will continue to be a key feature of a successful WSC. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Please read the Guidelines for Session Organisers before submitting your proposal.
Please submit your IPS proposal before 15 November 2020.

General enquiries about the Scientific Programme should be directed to Nalini Ravishanker at spc.chair@isi-web.org.

John Bailer
International Statistical Institute President (ISI)

Nalini Ravishanker
Scientific Programme Committee Chair (SPC)

Mailings for ISI

Dear colleagues,

Today, on 20 October 2020, we are celebrating the World Statistics Day (WSD 2020). The theme of this year’s celebration is “Connecting the world with data we can trust.”

On behalf of the ISI Executive Committee, I would like to congratulate you with this important event and invite you to join us in its virtual celebration.

Please visit the WSD 2020 website providing a platform for the global statistical community to virtually come together on this day, follow ISI on Twitter to read any relevant posts, and check our website for latest stories on WSD 2020 including ISI President’s Column “What do you get for someone on World Statistics Day?”.

Happy World Statistics Day!

Ada van Krimpen,
ISI Director

Mailings for IASE

          

Dear IASE members,

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah…

Best regards and stay safe!

Joachim Engel
IASE President

Mailings for IASS

          

IASS Webinar 3: “Survey and Big Data Interactions (during the COVID emergency)”
11:00 am – 12:30 pm CET, November 4th, 2020

The webinar series continues to showcase examples of national organizations using surveys to collect data on COVID-19. All are invited to this webinar that is organised by the International Association for Survey Statisticians.

The moderator for the webinar will be Monica Pratesi (IASS, President Elect). The webinar will consist of two talks:

  • Prof. Dr. Piet Daas’ talk is on “Detecting innovative companies via text on their websites”. This presentation is about the use of website texts to classify companies. Survey-based and website-based findings are compared for the detection of Innovative companies. In this way, the number of small innovative companies can be estimated. Other applications are mentioned.
  • Marco Puts’ talk is on “Estimating the development of Covid based on symptom mentions in social media: a convenient sample”. This presentation is about using social media messages to create an early indicator for the development of Covid in the Netherlands.

and there will be time for questions. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the IASS website.

Please register for IASS Webinar 3 at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7935793753810389518

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Biographies of the speakers:

Prof. Dr. Piet Daas is a senior methodologist at Statistics Netherlands where he leads the research on Big Data. He is a professor by special appointment on ‘Big Data in Official Statistics’ at the Eindhoven University of Technology where his work focuses on the development of Big Data methodology. Piet teaches Big Data (on-line) at the University of Utrecht, University of Maryland, and the University of Mannheim.

Dr. Marco Puts is a methodologist at Statistics Netherlands. He is affiliated at the Radboud University and is lecturer at the University of Mannheim and the University of Maryland. He is involved in the VEO project, an observatory of infectious diseases in Europe. Within this project he cooperates within the University of Bologna, Erasmus University, EPFL, DTU and ELTE.

Mailings for TIES

          


Dear TIES members,

TIES Statutes

As a result of the unusual times that we all find ourselves in, this year we had to hold the TIES AGM virtually.  It was an exception for this year only.  However, if we wish to continue holding virtual AGMs in the future then we are required to make a modification to the TIES Statutes to allow this to happen.  We asked the participants of the TIES AGM 2020 (which took place online on Friday 21 August 2020) to vote on whether or not they would be happy with the below addition to the Statutes. 95% of the participants voted ‘yes’ and 5% abstained from voting.

We have therefore added the following statement to the Statutes (attached) in point 5.1:

“………..The General Assembly meeting may be held virtually. In the case of a virtual meeting, members are given the opportunity to participate online and vote.”

There was no time to consult the full membership before the AGM.  However, if anyone wishes to raise concerns about the above addition to the Statutes then please let us know within the next 4 weeks.  Otherwise, we will consider this addition to the Statutes as finalized.

TIES Virtual Conference

Planning is underway for the TIES 2020 virtual conference entitled “Frontiers in Statistics, Epidemiology and the Environment.” The conference will be held on 2-4 December 2020 using a virtual platform facility. All details about the event can be found on the TIES website and will be updated once new information becomes available. We hope to meet you at the conference!

Best wishes,
Lelys Bravo and Claire Miller
TIES President and TIES Secretary
president@environmetrics.org, secretary@environmetrics.org

Mailings for IAOS

          

To celebrate World Statistics Day:
Joint IAOS and IASS webinar
On the importance to society of high quality public statistics

Thursday 5 November, 12 pm CET

Public statistics have never been so important to everyone.

IAOS and IASS, together with the ISI, are pleased to host a joint webinar on Thursday 5 November at 12 pm CET.  This is part of the continuing celebrations of World Statistics Day, held on 20 October this year.

The webinar features

  • Dr. Walter J. Radermacher (formerly of Eurostat) – who will discuss the importance of official/public statistics for society;
  • Eric Rancourt (Statistics Canada) will talk about how such statistics are supported by innovations in survey methods.

There will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation.

Denise Britz do Nascimento Silva (IASS President) and John Pullinger (IAOS President) will moderate the webinar.

More infromation can be found here .

John Pullinger
IAOS President

Mailings for IASC

          

IASC News October 2020


New ISI Elected Members from IASC

The IASC-ISI Nomination Committee is glad to announce that IASC members
Valentin Todorov (Austria), Antonio D’Ambrosio (Italy), Mika Sato-Ilic (Japan) and Eufrasio de Andrade Lima Neto (Brazil) have been granted ISI Elected Member status in the early September 2020 as a result of the third ISI election round.  Our congratulations!
For information on the benefits of ISI Elected membership please visit https://www.isi-web.org/index.php/membership/benefits#elected.


Call for Short Courses – ISI WSC 2021

The ISI Short Course Committee (SCC) is developing an online short course programme to be delivered over the summer months of June and July 2021 surrounding the 63rd ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC). The short courses will be scheduled in a 3 hour session each day at a time chosen to accommodate learners in many time zones. A short course can be scheduled for 1 day (3 hours total), 2 days (6 hours total) or 3 days (9 hours total).

The proposals for short courses received from members and other sources will be reviewed by the SCC who will recommend a proposed short course programme to be approved by the ISI Executive Committee. The scheduling and management of the delivery of the selected short courses will be arranged through the ISI Permanent Office.

The short courses should meet the needs of the Associations and Special Interest Groups and in particular, the needs of Young Statisticians, Continuing Professional Development and Statistical Capacity Building.

Up to two instructors per course will be reimbursed for the WSC registration. It is hoped that instructors will view this activity as a service to the international statistical community and a contribution to professional development and statistical capacity building for ISI members and the larger community.

Please complete the form [https://www.isi-web.org/index.php/component/rsform/form/102-online-short-course-proposal-form] and submit your proposal by 31 October 2020.


Forthcoming Event: IASC-LARS Webinar on Computational Statistics and Data Science

The Latin American Regional Section of the IASC, the IASC-LARS School on Computational Statistics and Data Science, the IASC and the ISI are pleased to invite postgraduate and undergraduate students to attend the IASC-LARS Webinar Course “Statistical Inference in Markov Processes”. The course will be team-taught by Professors Verónica González-López and Jesús E. García from University of Campinas, Brazil.

The course will be held virtually using the platform GoToWebinar from 23-26 November 2020. To attend this virtual course, please complete the IASC-LARS Webinar Registration Form and send it to lacsc.lars.iasc@gmail.com. All information is available at https://iasc-isi.org/.


Virtual 63rd ISI World Statistics Congress 2021: Statistics and Data Science for a Better World

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will be held on 11-16 July as a virtual conference. The WSC theme “Statistics and Data Science for a Better World” highlights the developments and contributions of statistics and data science in various domains of application that impact all aspects of life. The Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), Nalini Ravishanker, invites the statistical community to submit proposals for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS). Please use the Submission System. The due date for proposals is 15 November 2020.

The 63rd ISI WSC 2021 will host talks and presentations on a wide variety of topics, with the overall goal of presenting a balanced programme that provides a sense of the current state and future direction of statistics, data science and their applications. The programme will span sectors of practice including academia, business, industry, government and official statistics along with the breadth of ISI and Associations affiliated with ISI. Topics include but are not limited to official statistics, survey statistics, environmental statistics, business and industrial applications of statistics, mathematical statistics, probability, statistics and data science education, statistical literacy and statistical computing and data visualization.

Accepted Invited Sessions will be held either live-streamed or pre-recorded, details will be given later. The pre-recorded sessions will have a time to have live interactions with attendees. The SPC will determine which IPS will be offered in which modality, but all submissions should be willing to do either.

Live-streamed

Real-time (synchronous) sessions will be scheduled each day. This time block is necessarily limited, given the desire to reach out to all time zones. It will last two and a half hours from 14:00 to 16:30 Central European Summer Time. The relevant times are:

CountryStartEnd
West Coast USA05:0007:30
The Netherlands14:0016:30
Japan21:0023:30
Australia (Sydney)22:0000:30
New Zealand00:0002:30

Pre-recorded

Asynchronous, pre-recorded sessions will be released each day during the conference. Opportunities to interact with presenters either live or via chat will be available.

Invited Paper Sessions

IPS proposals must meet the following requirements and include the following information:

  1. Session Title – description
  2. Connection to ISI, Associations or Committees
  3. Organiser – name, affiliation, contact information
  4. Session Chair – name, affiliation, contact information
  5. For each speaker, 
    1. Name, affiliation, contact information
    2. Title of talk (if appropriate – not needed for panel)
    3. Abstract

The best proposals will include participants that reflect the diversity of ISI including age, gender and country/region. Strong proposals will have speakers confirming their willingness to participate should the programme be accepted. Note that speakers can only speak in one session.

When submitting a proposal, you should indicate to which of the ISI Associations your session is related:

  1. If you specify more than one Association, choose a primary one and your proposal will be first reviewed by that Association under the guidance of its representative on the SPC.
  2. If you think that your proposal does not relate to any ISI Association, you may choose ISI as the primary association.
  3. Proposals will be reviewed by the SPC on a competitive basis.

Just a quick reminder: each proposal should include a brief description and justification for the proposed session and a list of presenters and discussants who have agreed to participate. The selection criteria will take into account scientific quality, impact, and overall diversity.

IPS Selection Criteria 

The SPC will select IPS to ensure that the WSC programme:

  • is interesting, of high quality, with sessions that emphasize innovative ideas, approaches and/or applications to problems of importance;
  • reflects a balance of Organisers / Presenters / Discussants from around the world and a diversity of participants with respect to age, gender and statistical interests.

Invited Papers historically have been and will continue to be a key feature of a successful WSC. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Please read the Guidelines for Session Organisers before submitting your proposal. Please submit your IPS proposal before 15 November 2020.

General enquiries about the Scientific Programme should be directed to Nalini Ravishanker at spc.chair@isi-web.org.


Forthcoming Event: LACSC 2021 5th Latin American Conference on Statistical Computing

The 5th Latin American Conference on Statistical Computing – LACSC 2021 – will be held in Ciudad de México, México, from 19 -21 April 19 2021. This international conference is jointly organized by the Department of Statistics and the Department of Industrial & Operations Engineering of the Instituto Autónomo de México (ITAM), the Latin American Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing (LARS-IASC) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The theme of this year is “Statistical Computing for Intelligent Decision Making” . The Keynote Speakers are:

  • Wendy L. Martínez, Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA
  • Daniel Russo, Columbia University, USA
  • Enrique Sucar, Inst. Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptima y Electrónica, México
  • Renato Assunção, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Antonietta Mira, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland

LACSC 2021 invites submissions of papers, contributed paper sessions and invited paper sessions before 11 January 2021. The call of papers and all relevant information is available at http://lacsc2020.itam.mx The aim of LACSC is to foster the progress of the theory, methods and practice of statistical computing in Latin America, and to become the main meeting point of the statistical computing scientific community in LA. This year, the call of papers of the conference gives an account of the interest of academics, scientists and professionals in methodological aspects of statistical computing and relevant applications for the Latin American community. You cannot miss LACSC 2021!

The Local Organizing Committee is also organizing an interesting social program. Mexico City is the capital of the Estados Unidos Mexicanos (official name of the country). Originally this city was built on an islet where some natives found an eagle devouring a snake and was called Tenochtitlan. Chinampas for agriculture were built around it and became the capital of the Aztec Empire. With the arrival of the Spaniards in 1521, Mexico City fell under its dominance and became the center of the economic activity of the power of New Spain. Its outstanding colonial architecture earned it recognition as the City of Palaces. Currently, Mexico City stands in a valley surrounded by volcanoes, proud of its heritage, the product of the fusion of two cultures. It is the largest and most populous city in Latin America and one of the most dynamic capitals in the world; It has a large number of museums, theaters, concert halls, archaeological ruins, theme parks and recreational parks. Also, it offers a great gastronomic variety typical of all regions of Mexico and the world. Please see more information at https://www.visitmexico.com/en/ and https://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/mexico-city.


Forthcoming Event: 3rd LARS-IASC School on Computational Statistics and Data Science

The Third LARS-IASC School on Computational Statistics and Data Science will be held in Ciudad de México, México, from 17-18 April 2021. This is a satellite event of the 5th Latin American Conference on Statistical Computing, LACSC 2021, jointly organized by the Instituto Autónomo de México (ITAM), the Latin American Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing (LARS-IASC) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

This year the school theme is Stochastic Simulation and Reinforcement Learning (http://lacsc2020.itam.mx) and the instructors are:

  • Enrique Sucar, Inst. Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, México
    • “Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Applications”
  • David Muñoz-Negrón, Instituto Tecnológico de México (ITAM)
    • “Stochastic Simulation: Output Analysis and Applications”
  • Eduardo F. Morales, Inst. Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, México
    • “Reinforcement Learning”

The main purpose of the school is to spread the knowledge base and advances in Statistical Computing in Latin American countries and to increase the quantity of researchers and data scientists in the field. The program is organized around three axes: knowledge base and advances, software and data science applications and it is oriented to postgraduate students, researchers and practitioners in statistics and data science.  For LARS-IASC students, the IASC will provide (a) up to 10 scholarships – 100% waiver in registration fee for people living in developing countries (low income countries https://data.worldbank.org/income-level/low-income and lower middle income countries https://data.worldbank.org/income-level/lower-middle-income); (b) 1 full scholarship that includes registration fee, travel, and stay expenses.  To apply for these scholarships, the candidates must:

  • Be a member of the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC). More information on how to become a member can be found at http://iasc-isi.org/become-a-member/
  • At the time of the application and of the events be living and working/studying in a developing country.

ITAM’s mission is to contribute to the individual’s comprehensive education and to develop a more free and prosperous society. In order to achieve its research, teaching, and outgrowth endeavors, ITAM aims to reach the highest levels of academic excellence in an environment promoting the plurality of ideas and respectful of ethnic, cultural, and religious differences. Our institution’s goal is to prepare and educate women and men that are capable of acting in an informed, rational, responsible, critical way, and committed to creating, managing, and shaping public opinion, institutions, as well as further works. It also intends that these women and men be capable of creating and transmitting knowledge of the highest ethical, scientific, technological, and professional levels, allowing society to become aware of its problems and contributing to their understanding and solutions. For more information see https://www.itam.mx/en.

Mailings for BS

          


Dear colleagues,

The latest issue of Bernoulli News is now available at http://www.bernoulli-society.org/files/BernoulliNewsNovember2020.pdf

The Publicity Committee of the Bernoulli Society has decided – with the approval of the Executive Committee – to adopt a new opt‐in system for receiving printed copies of Bernoulli News. This “green” initiative is brought forward to make the society more environmentally friendly.

Members who enjoy reading the printed copy of Bernoulli News are warmly welcome to opt in by completing the form at http://www.bernoulli-society.org/publications/bernoulli-news/subscription-form and continue receiving it by mail at no extra fee. Issue 27(2) will still be sent to all members.

Cordially,

Manuele Leonelli – Editor of Bernoulli News
Leonardo T. Rolla – Publicity Secretary

Mailings for ISBIS

          

Dear ISBIS Members,

My name is Ronald Does and I am the ISBIS representative on the Scientific Programme Committee of the ISI World Statistics Congress 2021. Due to Covid-19, the congress will be virtual. Below you will find a link to the Call for Proposals for Invited Sessions issued by the ISI President John Bailer and the Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee Nalini Ravishanker. The call provides the following guidelines for proposing a session:

Invited Paper Sessions proposals must meet the following requirements and include the following information:

1.           Session Title – description
2.           Connection to ISI, Associations or Committees
3.           Organiser – name, affiliation, contact information
4.           Session Chair – name, affiliation, contact information
5.           For each speaker,

  • Name, affiliation, contact information
  • Title of talk (if appropriate – not needed for panel)
  • Abstract

The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2020.

The full version of the Call for Proposals for Invited Sessions can be viewed here.

Best regards,

Ronald Does
ISBIS Representative
ISI WSC 2021 Scientific Programme Committee