9th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC-ARS 2015)

 

The 9th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC) (IASC-ARS 2015) was hosted by the NUS Department of Statistics and Applied Probability from 17 to 19 December. 

 

The IASC-ARS conference is organised by the Asian Regional Section of the IASC every two to four years for attendees to exchange information and learn about the latest in Statistical Computing with applications. The conference topic for 2015 was “Statistical Computing: Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data Era”.

 

The conference aimed to immerse attendees in Big Data developments and trends through the presentation of scientific papers, sharing of the latest studies and applications, and peer networking in various areas, including biometrics, econometrics, data analysis, graphics, simulation, algorithms, knowledge-based systems and Bayesian computing.

 

The IASC-ARS 2015 conference consisted of three plenary speeches given by the keynote speakers - Prof Arnaud DOUCET from the University of Oxford, Prof Yongdai KIM from Seoul National University and Prof Samuel KOU from Harvard University; 48 invited sessions; 13 contributed sessions; and a poster session. 

 

The conference was attended by 381 statistics researchers and practitioners from academic institutes, industry sections, and government agencies from over 30 countries. It served as a forum which brought together international experts and Asian-Pacific scientists. It also provided training opportunities for graduate students and young researchers through sharing of insights on statistical theory, methodology, algorithm, software and data as well as statistical concepts in different applications.

 

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A group photo of the participants at the IASC-ARS 2015 

 

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Participants actively raised queries during the Q&A segment

 

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A time of interaction during the tea breaks