On October 5-7, 2012, UNCG will host a major international conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics (AISC). The current North Carolina Chapter President for the American Statistical Association, Sat N. Gupta, will serve as conference chair.
The conference promotes interdisciplinary research using statistical techniques. Such techniques have become increasingly important in all fields of scientific discovery.
In a reflection of statistics’ expanding role, the AISC conference assembles scientists from a diverse array of disciplines. Nationally and internationally recognized researchers representing anthropology, biology, economics, education, environmental science, information systems, insurance, mathematics, medicine, psychology, and public health will present on statistical methods relevant to their fields.
Members of the conference’s Scientific Program Committee hail from UNCG, NC State, NC A&T, Duke, and Statogen Consulting, LLC. The conference’s International Advisory Committee boasts contributors from Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, India, Japan, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US (with US members representing Duke, UC-Berkley, Ohio State, IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Princeton). The breadth and academic heft of the attendees will advance a second conference goal – to groom young researchers through interactions with established members of their fields.
At a local level, Dr. Gupta hopes the conference will “create a network among North Carolina statisticians, and equally importantly … among UNCG quantitative researchers.” This network would educate our researchers on the different sources of analytic expertise available across our campus.
The National Science Foundation, Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, and American Statistical Association have provided funding for the conference, along with software-giant SAS, the Pearson learning company, and the Taylor and Francis publishing group.
Participants must submit abstracts by July 31. While regular attendees register for $275, students may register for $175. The conference administers NSF funding for young researchers wishing to present a paper. The deadline to obtain a Young Researcher Award is also July 31. Students and new Ph.D. recipients may apply.