Statistics at the Frontiers of Science (06w5073)


(University of California, Berkeley)

Gemai Chen (University of Calgary)

Jianqing Fan (Princeton University)

(Harvard University)

James Ramsay (McGill University)

Keith Worsley (University of Chicago)


Taking a range of numbers as input to understand what is going on, quantifying tissue changes such as those in our brains, figuring out the ups and downs in financial markets, understanding the origin of life, developing new drugs, modeling the history of events of interest, are some of the many topics to be discussed in a June 24 - 29 workshop on Statistics at the Frontier of Science at the Banff International Research Station. Co-organized by Professors Gemai Chen (Calgary), David Brillinger (Berkeley, Jianqing Fan (Princeton), Jun Liu (Harvard), and Professors James Ramsay and Keith Worsley (McGill), the workshop will focus on the most advanced statistical methodology that is fast developing in order to address some of the major challenges in modern scientific research.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is administered by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, in collaboration with the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems Network (MITACS), the Berkeley-based Mathematical Science Research Institute (MSRI) and the Instituto de Matematicas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).