IASC News November 2019



Given the current situation in Hong Kong the 11 th IASC-ARS conference (2-5 December
2019) has been cancelled. Arrangements on follow-up issues will be announced later.
See for more information https://saasweb.hku.hk/conference/iasc-ars2019/


Forthcoming Event: LACSC 2020 5th Latin American Conference on Statistical

The 5 th Latin American Conference on Statistical Computing (LACSC 2020) will be held in Ciudad
de México, México, from June 9 to June 11, 2020. 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 the conference is “Statistical Computing for Intelligent Decision Making”. 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.

LACSC 2020 invites to submit papers, contributed paper sessions and invited paper sessions before
February 20, 2020. The call of papers and all the information is available at lacsc2020.itam.mx
You cannot miss LACSC 2020! The Local Organizing Committee is also organizing an interesting
social program. Mexico City is the capital of the United Mexican States (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 on the following links: www.visitmexico.com and

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 June 7 to June 8, 2020. This is a satellite event of the 5 th Latin American
Conference on Statistical Computing, LACSC 2020. The school is 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).

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. It is oriented to
postgraduate students, researchers and practitioners in statistics and data science.

This year the school theme is Stochastic Simulation and Reinforcement Learning. The website of
the school is at lacsc2020.itam.mx

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 and lower middle income countries;
  • (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 here.
    • 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 freer,
more just, 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

News from the IASC Executive Committee (November 2019)

One of the topics discussed among the Executive Committee (EC) members in October was related to
the funding of non-IASC events. We decided to support some student participants at the Second
Conference on Statistics and Data Science – CSDS 2019, held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, November
18-20, 2019. See the website for additional details about this conference.
Discussions continued with respect to the use of potential donations to IASC and are being finalized
with the ISI Permanent Office (PO) in the Netherlands now. We would really appreciate it if you
consider donating for one of the two IASC funds (for students and young researchers) when you
renew your IASC membership for 2020 in the next few weeks.
The IASC EC also approved two additional members for the IASC Publication Committee: In addition
to our elected Publication Officer, Paulo Canas Rodrigues (Brazil), as its chair, this committee will
have Chun-Houh Chen (Taiwan) and Paula Brito (Portugal) as its members. Thanks, Chun-Houh and
Paula, for serving on this committee.

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