SAVE THE DATES! Join NISS at JSM 2018 in Vancouver!

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The theme of the 2018 Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) hosted by the American Statistical Association is #LeadWithStatistics. The conference will cover topics ranging from statistical applications to methodology and theory to the expanding boundaries of statistics, such as analytics and data science. The 2018 JSM Conference will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from July 28 to August 2, 2018.

NISS has organized two invited sessions at the JSM conference. The first session is the Jerry Sacks Award session focused on Genomics and the second session is on Big Data. Four distinguished speakers will be speaking at each of these two sessions. An additional topic-contributed session has also been accepted in the JSM program in which NISS current and former postdocs will be speaking about their work.


   Monday, 7/30, 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Big Data Statistical Challenges and Opportunities in Industry, (Lingzhou Xue, chair; James L. Rosenberger, discussant).  Includes the following papers:
“Deep Analytics for Risk Analysis & Mitigation: From NLP, Computer Vision to Sensors,” Siddhartha Dalal, “Risk Analysis in Banking,” Vijayan Nair.
“Sound Statistical Inference from Big Data in the Insurance Industry,” Christopher Haydon Holloman.
“Feature Engineering From Scratch”, Andrew Smith.

   Thursday, 8/2, from 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Cross-Disciplinary Research on Statistical Genomics and Bioinformatics (The Jerome Sacks Award session, Rebecca W. Doerge, chair).  Includes the following papers:
“What has a Statistics Group Learned in Studying a Biological System,” Wing Hung Wong.
“Learning Nonconvex Hierarchical Interactions,” Lingzhou Xue.
“Bayesian Bi-clustering Methods with Applications to Integrative Genomics and Genetics,” Jun Liu (2017 Jerome Sacks Award winner).
In addition, a topic-contributed session is also being sponsored by NISS where current and former postdocs will be speaking about their work.


   Thursday, 8/2, 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Statistical Challenges in Combining Survey and Administrative Data, (Joel Dubin, chair).  This session includes papers given by current NISS Research Associates:
“Combining survey and administrative data to produce official statistics,” NISS Research Associate Andreea Erciulescu, and
“Data Science in Educational Research:  Opportunities and Challenges,” NISS Research Associate Ya Mo.


A number of other papers and talks are being given by involving NISS projects.  Mark your conference schedule! 

   Tuesday, 7/31, 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
“Approximating Zero Standard Errors of County-Level Survey Estimates,” NISS Research Associate Andreea Erciulescu.

   Wednesday, 8/1, 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
“Advances in Small Area Estimation Model-based Crop Yield Forecasting:  Adjustment for Within-State Heterogeneity, Covariate Selection and Variance Estimation,” Nell Sedransk.
“Toward an Updated Publication Standard for Official County-Level Crop Estimates,” NISS Research Associate Andreea Erciulescu.

   Wednesday, 8/1, 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
“Deep Learning for Data Imputation and Calibration Weighting,” NISS Research Associates Yijun Wei and Luca Sartore.
“A Global Convergent Algorithm for Integer Calibration Weighting,” NISS Research Associate Luca Sartore.

   Thursday, 8/2, 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
“Logistic Regression Modeling for Capture-Recapture Estimation in the 2017 Census of Agriculture,” NISS Research Associate Luca Sartore.

   Thursday, 8/2, 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
“Ad-Hoc Calibration for Rounding Rules with Nonlinear Benchmarks,” NISS Research Associates Andreea Erciulescu and Luca Sartore.

“NISS continues to advocate for a broad cross-disciplinary role of statistics in the profession,” says James Rosenberger, NISS Director. He adds, “NISS is also aiming to reach beyond the traditional statistical sciences to become the catalyst for maintaining statistical ideas and thinking as part of the big data and data science movement.”

NISS - SAMSI - MBI RECEPTION - Monday 7/30, 6 - 8 pm

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown,
Point Grey Room, 1128 W. Hastings Street

The annual NISS Reception is traditionally held at the JSM Conference each year.  The Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research is presented.  This award honors Jerry Sacks, who was the first Director of NISS and a distinguished statistician who made significant contributions to the Statistics bridge theory, methodology and collaborative science and engineering.  In addition, NISS also presents the Distinguished Service Award to recognize individuals who have given extraordinary service to advance NISS and its mission and the NISS Former Postdoc Achievement Award to recognize NISS Postdocs who have had distinguished careers.  The reception will be held at the Vancouver Marriott Downtown, 1128 West Hastings Street, Point Grey Room.

NISS AFFILIATES LUNCHEON - Sunday 7/29, 11:30 - 2 pm

F-Princess Louisa Suite
The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver (900 Canada Place Way)

Each year at JSM, NISS Affiliates get together for a luncheon.  All Affiliate members are welcome to attend this luncheon.  Talk to your Affiliate Liaison for more information about attending.  

This year luncheon speakers will talk about how data science groups are organized within industry as well as within institutes of data science in academia.  Souvik Ghosh, Senior Staff Data Scientist at LinkedIn headlines the luncheon speakers.  (Joel Dubin, organizer/moderator)

NISS WORKSHOP:  Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers

Cheakamus Room
The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver (900 Canada Place Way)

Taking place in two sessions, the first on Sunday 7/29 and the second on Tuesday morning 7/31, this is a popular and valued workshop geared toward individuals early into their research career.  Whether writing for publication or preparing grants, advice, experience and mentorship is provided to participants.  (Read more...)


NISS will also have a booth at the JSM 2018. The booth is an opportunity for JSM visitors to meet NISS Board members and Senior Affiliate Liaisons and also chat with Junior Liaisons from NISS Affiliates to learn about NISS activities. Also, it is a great opportunity to learn how to become a NISS Affiliate and to learn about the NISS Postdoctoral Program. “Please stop by and visit us at our booth to express your preference for new opportunities and/or locations for NISS activities,” Rosenberger adds.

Check the JSM 2018 Online Program for any last minute changes to the conference schedule.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by Glenn Johnson