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Kanti Mardia presenting in LINC

Welcoming hundreds of statisticians to campus

Kanti Mardia, Department of Statistics, University of Leeds and University of Oxford

The College of Science extends a warm and hearty welcome to the 200 participants of the 2016 International Indian Statistical Association (IISA) Conference August 18-21. The conference kicked off with a lively and convivial wine and cheese reception at the Hilton Garden Inn Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, graduate students from OSU and other universities participated in four short pre-conference short courses taught by visiting statisticians from Columbia University, Northwestern University, the University of California at Los Angeles and SAS Institute.

With a theme of “Statistical and Data Sciences: A Key to Healthy People, Planet and Prosperity,” the conference offers attendees more than 50 panel discussions on statistical innovation and applications in areas, ranging from big data to genomics, climate science, public health and biomedical science. Featuring talks by many award-winning and distinguished statisticians from varied professions, the conference is a unique, landmark event in the field of statistical sciences in Oregon.

Mousumi Banerjee, Shanthi Sethuraman, John Eltinge, Susmita Datta, Ram Tiwari, Lisa Lupinacci, Sastry Pantula presenting in a panel in the LINC

Sastry G. Pantula, Dean, OSU College of Science (far right); Lisa Lupinacci, VP of Late Development Statistics, Merck; Ram Tiwari – Director, Division of Biostatistics, FDA; Susmita Datta, Professor of Biostatistics, University of Florida; John Eltinge, Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research, US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Shanthi Sethuraman, Sr. Director of Global Statistical Science for Diabetes, Eli Lilly; Mousumi Banerjee, Director of Biostatistics, University of Michigan.

Hosted by OSU's Department of Statistics, the IISA Conference has attracted statisticians worldwide, including participants from Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Egypt, across academia, industry, government and research institutes who will discuss the latest statistical developments and challenges in data sciences and related fields.

Read more about the 2016 IISA conference.

Below are highlights from the welcome reception.