Short Courses

The ISA runs courses and workshops on a regular basis. These aim to bring the best of theoretical and applied statistics to academic, industrial and public service statisticians and statistics students. More information can be found here.

Statistical Approaches to Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Island of Ireland

Workshop funded by the Irish Statistical Association, with support from the Royal Statistical Society

Slides from this event can be downloaded here.

Date: Monday 25th April, 10am-4:30pm
Location: LCI-G018, ILAS Building, NUI Galway
Organisers: Nicola Fitz-Simon and Laura Boyle for the ISA and RSS Medical Section
Registration: This event is free to attend. Please email crfbiostatistics@nuigalway.ie by Wednesday 13th April; registration will be confirmed by return email. If the event is oversubscribed priority will be given to PhD students, ISA and RSS members.

Keynote talks will be delivered by Dr Darren Dahly (University College Cork), Dr Anthony Masters (co-author with David Spiegelhalter of “Covid by numbers”), Prof Adele Marshall (Queens University Belfast), and Prof Cathal Walsh (University of Limerick). There will also be two sessions covering research carried out under the SFI COVID-19 Rapid Response scheme and applications with HSE, HPSC and NISRA data.

The full programme is available here.

CASI 2022

The Department of Statistics within the School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Cork is pleased to host the 42nd Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland from Monday 16th May to Wednesday 18th May 2022 in Garryvoe Hotel in East Cork, winner of the prestigious title of “Coastal Escape of the Year” in the Irish Hotel Awards 2021 for both Munster and Ireland. See www.casi.ie for further details.

Invited speakers: Jim Smith (University of Warwick), Marie Reilly (Karolinska Institute), Mark Costello (Nord University), Nicole Augustin (University of Edinburgh).

Key Dates:

  • Call for abstracts closes: Friday April 15th 2022.
  • Early bird registration closes: Friday April 22nd 2022.
  • Registration closes (for packages with rooms): Monday May 2nd 2022.

2nd Young-ISA Meeting

This is the 2nd Young-ISA meeting, which will take place virtually on Friday 28th January 2022 from 10.00am – 4.30pm. There is no charge for attending this event, but registration is required using the Eventbrite link here by Wednesday 26th January 2022.

This event is open to all early career statisticians (including postgraduate and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and lecturers) and all ISA members. It will gather together statisticians from across Ireland for a series of talks dedicated to Communication and Reproducibility in Statistics.

Keynote talks will be delivered by Prof Andrew Parnell (Maynooth University) and Prof Ailish Hannigan (University of Limerick), and two further sessions are devoted to showcasing research projects conducted by postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers across Ireland.

The full program is available here.

CASI 2021

Maynooth University is pleased to host the 41st Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland on Wednesday May 12th (short course) and Thursday May 13th (main conference). This is a virtual event where details of attendance will be sent to registered participants only. There is no registration cost. See www.casi.ie for further details.

Invited speakers: Hadley Wickham (RStudio), Gerda Claeskens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), and Leontine Alkema (University of Massachusetts Amherst).

Key Dates:

  • Registration opens: Monday March 15th 2021.
  • Registration closes: Tuesday May 11th 2021 at 17.00.
  • Call for papers closes: Friday Match 26th 2021.
  • Call for posters closes: Friday April 30th 2021.

Gosset Lecture 2021

Professor Dianne Cook

The ISA Gosset lecture 2021 will be delivered by Professor Dianne Cook (Monash University) on Wednesday 3rd February at 9:30am.

This will be a virtual event which is free to attend, but registration is necessary: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isa-gosset-lecture-2021-tickets-136937338265.

Human vs computer: In Visualising Data, Who Wins?

Can computers relieve data analysts of the arduous task of graphically diagnosing models?

Computer vision has come a long way in recent years. The models produced can now be used to automatically inspect the quality of items emerging along production lines, identify objects in photos and even navigate an autonomous vehicle.

Despite the fact that visualisation plays a major role in data analysis, the use and interpretation of graphics by data scientists/statisticians is subjective. Analysts rely almost entirely on their own judgement, years of experience and an implicit calculation of uncertainty when interpreting graphics. Considering data plots as a type of statistic encourages towards an inferential approach to reading data plots. By formalising data visualisation in this way, we can explore the possibility of training a computer vision model to do this visual inference task.

In this talk, I will give an introduction to these ideas and then present the results of computer vision model for evaluating residual plots, used for diagnosing statistical model fits, comparing them to human evaluations of the same plots. Who do you think wins?

CASI 2020

The School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast is pleased to host the 40th Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland on Thursday June 25th which will be a virtual event. This is a free event, but registration is necessary. See www.casi.ie for further details.

Invited speakers: Sally McClean (Ulster University), Cathal Walsh (University of Limerick), Mariangela Zenga (University of Milano Biococca), Antony Unwin (Ausburg University), and Emma McCoy (Imperial College London).

Key Dates:

  • Registration opens: Friday June 19th 2020.
  • Registration closes: Wednesday June 24th 2020 at 17.00.

Cluster Randomised Trials Study Day

  • Date: Friday February 21st, 2020
  • Location: Seminar Room 1, Aras Moyola, NUI Galway
  • Duration: 9:00-16:00
  • Speakers:
    • Prof. Jeremy Grimshaw, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa
    • Dr. Neil O’Leary, HRB Clinical Research Faculty, Galway

Registration cost €50 (€25 for students) and can be done online at https://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/training-education/upcoming-events/.

The following topics will be covered: (1) Rationale for cluster trials; (2) Implications of clustering for sample size, and analysis; (3) RCT designs (parallel 2-arm, multi -arm, factorial, stepped wedge, balanced incomplete block designs); (4) Practical considerations when planning and conducting cluster RCTs; (5) Enhancing the informativeness of cluster RCTs; (6) Ethics of CRCTS; (7) Reporting CRCTs.

Inaugural Young-ISA Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Young Statisticians’ Section of the Irish Statistical Association will gather together early career statisticians from across Ireland for a series of talks on career development in academia and industry. Keynote talks will be given by established professionals in both fields with the remainder of the two sessions devoted to showcasing some of the research projects conducted in universities across Ireland by postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers.

The event is open to all early career statisticians (including postgraduate and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and lecturers) and all ISA members. There is no charge for attending this event. To register please use the Eventbrite link by Friday, 27 September.

Invited Speakers:
Dr. Norma Bargary, Lecturer in Statistics, University of Limerick.
Dr. Aidan Boland, Senior Data Scientist, Edge by Ascential.

Programme: