News from ISI-WSC 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco, July 16-21

Many thanks to the organizers, chairs, speakers, discussants, and participants of all ISBIS (co)sponsored sessions, as well as to ISBIS members who participated in all events at the ISI-WSC. We look forward to an even stronger participation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019.

Here are some highlights from Marrakech:

  • Vijay Nair, a former ISBIS and ISI president, who recently joined Wells Fargo Bank after several years as professor at the University of Michigan, gave an excellent William Sealy Gosset Lecture: An overview of machine learning methods and some applications in business and finance. This very well attended session was organized and discussed by David Banks.
  • The ASMBI session speaker was Hongxia Yang, who is Senior Staff Data Scientist and Director in Alibaba's Data Technology and Product Division. This talk, titled Computational advertisement and its meta analysis in practice was organized by Fabrizio Ruggeri and discussed by David Banks and Quan Lu.
  • Several awards were presented to ISBIS members at the ISI General Assembly for the 2016 ISBIS Best Competition Paper for Young Researchers, ISBIS Best Poster, and for Service to ISI.
  • Congratulations to ISBIS President-elect Fabrizio Ruggeri, who has been elected as a Vice-President of ISI.
  • Congratulations to Rahul Mukerjee, Professor, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. He was presented the Mahalanobis Award in Marrakech.
  • ISBIS Best Competition Paper for Young Researchers 2016
    • First Prize: Tahir Ekin, Texas State University, USA
    • Second Prize: Carlos Trucios, University of Campinas, Brazil
    • Third Prize: Rahim Mahmoudvand, Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran
  • ISBIS Best Poster Award 2016
    • Jorge Saavedra Torrico, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
  • ISI Service Award
    • Fabrizio Ruggeri for his contributions as Scientific Program Chair for ISI-WSC 2017.

New England Statistical Society (NESS)

We would like to share with the ISBIS community some exciting news: the establishment of the New England Statistical Society (NESS). As you may be aware, the New England Statistics Symposium has just celebrated its thirty-first anniversary on April 21. Ever since its launch at UConn in 1987 at the suggestion of Herman Chernoff, the symposium has been an intimate annual gathering of our large statistical family in the region, and through its course it has greatly fostered the growth and unity of our community. To sustain such a success and build upon its lasting legacy, we, a group of enthusiastic New England statisticians, decided to launch NESS.

We envision NESS to be an engine to mobilize the abundant pedagogical and research resources in the New England area, its neighboring states and beyond, to promote and sustain the growth and expansion of statistical science as one of the two fundamental pillars of Data Science (the other being computer science). With the emergence of Data Science and the growth of technological innovations including social media, we see tremendous opportunities, as well as urgency, to integrate statistical research and education. We envision NESS to be a close collaborator with ISBIS and believe that ISBIS and NESS have many shared objectives, and together, with many creative minds and energetic members, we can achieve them sooner.

We welcome anyone who shares our dream and/or can help realize it to join NESS. For more information, please visit our society website