IASC News September 2019
The 2019 IASC-ARS Conference – 2-5 December 2019, Hong Kong
The 11th IASC-ARS Conference will be held at the University of Hong Kong, China, on 2-5
December 2019. The theme of the conference is “Statistical Computing for AI and Big Data”.
The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas, new
concepts and recent methods in statistics.
This conference will provide a platform for researchers from academia and industry to share
their latest findings, exhibit the latest studies and applications, and build up networks with peers
in variety areas, including but not limited to, Bayesian computation, big data analytics,
biostatistics, computer graphics, computer intensive inferential methods, data mining and
machine learning, econometrics, graphical models, image processing and uncertainty
The conference will consist of keynote speeches, tutorials, invited talks, contributed talks and
posters. The official language for all submissions is English. To encourage more young
statisticians including postgraduate and senior undergraduate students to participate, in
addition to two YS-ISI invited sessions organized by Prof. Hank Wu, the following two more
activities will be organized:
• Luncheon Forum “How to Build a Career in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence” to be
held during the lunch time on Dec 4, 2019. There are two confirmed speakers from
Microsoft (Hong Kong) and Facebook (Hong Kong).
• Student prizes for contributed talks and posters delivered by students.
For registrations please visit the website.
There will be two half-day tutorials to be held on December 2, 2019:
1. Statistical network data analysis;
2. Anomaly detection using unsupervised learning algorithms.
Registration for the tutorials will be accepted on a first come, first served basis due to limited
Keynote Speakers: Wolfgang Karl Härdle, Jun Liu, and Qiwei Yao
Local organizer: Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, The University of Hong
We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong to attend the IASC-ARS 2019 conference and to
experience the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures and beauty of Hong Kong!
Past Event: Course on Text as Data in Economics
A course on “text as data” with Leif Anders Thorsrud (Norges Bank and BI Norwegian
Business School) as main speaker attracted more than 35 PhD students and early stage
researchers to ZEW in Mannheim, where this course jointly organized by ZEW and University
of Giessen and supported by ERS-IASC took place from July, 15th to 18th, 2019. The
participants gained knowledge about how to use textual data to answer economically relevant
questions. During a tutorial taking place the last day of the course, the participants started their
own analysis with textual data.
New IASC and Taylor & Francis Affiliate Program and Discounts on
Book Purchases for IASC Members
IASC and Taylor & Francis have agreed on a new affiliate program that gives IASC members
a 20% discount on book purchases.
IASC is pleased to announce its new affiliate agreement with Taylor & Francis. Taylor & Francis
(and their CRC Press and Chapman & Hall branches) are the publishers of numerous statistical
book series such as The R Series and Texts in Statistical Science and of numerous books in
the area of Computational Statistics.
Our agreement with Taylor & Francis offers current IASC members a 20% discount on book
purchases when initiated through the IASC web page. You have to start at iasc-isi.org and
then click on the “IASC ISI Members Save 20% on CRC Press Books” link at the bottom of this
page. This redirects you to the IASC ISI web page maintained by Taylor & Francis / CRC
Press. Make your online order as usual. At the time of checkout, please enter IAS18 as promo
code (if necessary). Enjoy your discounted book purchases from Taylor & Francis.