This year marked the 50th year of the discipline of Statistics at TCD. This special milestone was marked by a day of events on the 14th November. A short course on ‘Imprecise Probability’ took place in the morning. The course, sponsored by the Irish Statistical Association, was delivered by Dr. Cassio de Campos (Queen’s Belfast) and Dr. Alessandro Antonucci (Lugano, Switzerland). A special gathering was held in the afternoon bringing together former staff and students of the Statistics group, as well as current members of the School and College. The aim of the gathering was to be both retrospective and prospective; looking at our history with the help of former staff and students and discussing our future.
The Statistics Group in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway is pleased to host the 38th Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland from Wednesday May 16th to Friday May 18th, 2018 in the Galway Bay Hotel on Galway’s main Promenade. See www.casi.ie for further details.
The ISA sponsored workshop “Frontiers in Functional Data Analysis” will bring together the international acclaimed founder of functional data analysis Prof. James O. Ramsay and leaders in this field in Ireland to present and discuss recent progress in FDA, and to identify important challenges for the future. Dr Michelle Carey (UCD) will also deliver a 2-hour masterclass on parameter estimation for differential equations using semi-parametric penalized regression.
Clustering, Data Analysis and Visualization of Complex Data
May 21-25, 2018, Catania (Italy)
The course is intended to achieve postgraduate training in special areas of statistics for both researchers and professional data analysts. The focus is on classification and clustering methods, in conjunction with related visualization techniques, with particular emphasis on modern high-dimensional data sets (MHDS). MHDS have recently emerged because of the fast improvement in data acquisition, storage and processing. The availability of massive data sets are of large interest also in machine learning, data science and computer science. It applies in many contexts such as biological experiments, financial markets, astronomy, etc. Classification and clustering play a key role in this new paradigm to discover the inhomogeneous structure often underlying these data, and become consequently even more emblematic methods of modern data analysis. Starting from basic concepts, the course will introduce the audience to novel techniques and software through extensive applications to real data.
Numerical applications will be performed through a variety of software, including some R packages and some cloud-computing platforms (SaaS, Software as a Service) issuing from research but targeting many kinds of practitioners
Registration (which includes coffee breaks and lunch) is €20 for students and €30 otherwise. There is also a 50% discount for ISA members. More details can be found at http://stats50.scss.tcd.ie/#/isa. To register for this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees are also invited to attend the celebration of the 50th year of the Statistics Department at Trinity College Dublin taking place afterwards.
Washington D.C., 15th March 2017 – An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, has today presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious ‘St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal’ to Dr T. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, and Prof Adrian E. Raftery, Professor of Statistics and Sociology at the University of Washington, for their significant contribution to academia and industry.
Now in its fourth year, the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal recognises the outstanding contributions of Dr T. Pearse Lyons and Prof Adrian Raftery in their respective fields, as well as their role in developing the research ecosystem in Ireland. The Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the USA.
Dublin-born Prof Adrian E. Raftery has been described by his peers as one of the most eminent statisticians in the world. His work has resulted in the development of new statistical methods, focusing particularly on the social, environmental and health sciences. Prof Raftery’s work to quantify statistical uncertainty in demographic projections has fundamentally changed approaches to population forecasting. This was demonstrated by the United Nations recently publishing a recalculation of world population projections, which directly incorporated Prof Raftery’s work.
The Irish Statistical Association is a member of the Federation of European National Statistical Societies FENStatS members and has a representative on the board of European Courses in Advanced Statistics ECAS
ECAS courses are intended to achieve postgraduate training in special areas of statistics for both researchers and teachers at universities, as well as professionals working in industry and interested in the application of new statistical methods.