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International Association for Statistical Computing
IASC Activities Report 2007-2009
During last two years, the Association has been active and productive. IASC members, under the IASC auspices, have organized many scientific events and have been extremely active in many other fields, especially as concerns publications.
Mission Statement and Objectives
It is the mission of the IASC to embed traditional statistical methodology, modern computer technology, and the knowledge of domain experts in order to convert data into information and knowledge.
The Association pursues its objectives with special attention to developing countries. It promotes collaborative efforts within international, national, regional and other organizations and institutions having similar aims; it fosters evaluations of statistical computing techniques and programs and facilitates the exchange of computer programmes and the organisation of meetings, particularly in conjunction with World Statistics Congresses of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).
The objectives of the Association are to foster
world-wide interest in effective statistical computing and to exchange technical
knowledge through international contacts and meetings between statisticians,
computing professionals, organizations, institutions, governments and the
The IASC puts emphasis especially on computational statistics, statistical software, exploratory data analysis, data mining, pattern recognition, statistical databases and related fields, e.g.: Computational Finance, Statistical Computing and e-commerce, Statistical Computing and Customer Relation Management, Computer Intensive Methods in Statistical Methods, Statistical Computing for Census and Official Statistics, Statistical Methods for Large Data, Statistical Graphs and Data Visualization, Distributed Statistical Computing, GIS Applications, Multivariate Statistical Modelling and Data Analysis, Statistical Quality Control and Process Control, Environmental Statistics, Demographic and Health Science.
Established during the 41st Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) in 1977, the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC) motivates and supports research in a broad spectrum of areas of computational statistics. The IASC forms a Section of the ISI.
The IASC provides international contacts among
statisticians, computing professionals, organizations, institutions,
governments, and the general public world-wide.
Currently two regional sections are established: the European Regional Section (ERS) and the Asian Regional Section.
The IASC seeks to extend its regional presence in all other parts of the world. Close contacts exist to the Interface Foundation of North America where the IASC is regularly sponsoring a session at the yearly INTERFACE meeting. IASC particularly works on its outreach to the Middle Eastern and South American Regional Sections
The European and Asian Regional Sections organize a variety of scientific conferences, e.g., IASC World Conferences, biennial COMPSTAT meeting, summer schools, workshops, and provide communication and knowledge exchange in their regions.
Past, forthcoming and future meetings and conferences
• 56th ISI Session, Lisboa 2007
• IASC’07 Conference, Aveiro (PT)
• COMPSTAT’08 Symposium, Porto (PT)
• 4th IASC World Conference and 6th ARS
IASC Conference, Yokohama (JAP)
• 4th International Workshop on Mining
Complex Data MCD 2008, 15th December 2008, Pisa (Italy)
• ISBIS Regional Meeting, Cagliari (Italy), 30th
May-3rd June 2009
• 57th ISI Session, Durban 2009
• PLS’09 – 6th International Conference
on Partial Least Squares and Related Methods
• 10th Summer School of ERS IASC
• 58th ISI World Statistics Congress, Dublin 2011
• 5th IASC World Conference
• IASC’s official journal is Computational
Statistics and Data Analysis (CSDA) published by Elsevier. The impact factor of
CSDA has fatherly improved during the last years, being 1,029 in 2007 and 1,126
in 2008. In the year 2008, CSDA received around 1,000 submissions, the
acceptation rate being around 0.25.
Note of thanks - Homage
During the Conference of Japanese Statisticians held in September 2009, Professor Choichiro Asano (Japan) received a plaque of honour from IASC for his contribution to the computational statistics and foundation of the ARS IASC.
Jaromir Antoch, IASC President
IASC Election Results
According to the IASC Statutes, Yutaka Tanaka has chaired the Nominations Committee for the IASC elections. One half of the total members of the Council have been renewed. We remind everyone that there are twelve Council members and they stay in office for four years. IASC members have also elected their President-Elect, the Scientific Secretary, two Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer.
Yutaka Tanaka informs the Council that ballot sheets were sent back to the ISI Office and the votes were counted by Gerrit Stemerdink and Liliana Pinkasovych of the ISI Office. The voting sheets will be stored at the Permanent Office in The Hague and can be consulted at any time. At some point, they will be transferred to the ISI archive and will be stored there for an indefinite time.
The IASC Council for the period 2009-2011 is
constituted as follows:
Council Members 2007-2011:
Council Members 2009-2013:
Report of the past events
Report of ARS Special Session in 2009 Meeting of Japanese Federation of Statistical Science Associations
ARS Special Session was successfully held at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan on 8th September 2009. The theme of the session was "Modern Statistical Methods and Computing". There were four speakers and four discussants, and about 40 participants from 4 countries. At the end of this session, a homage ceremony was held for Professor Chooichiro Asano (the second person from the left in the above picture) to acknowledge his great contributions to Computational Statistics, in particular, in the Asian region. Professor Asano was the founder of the Asian Reginal Section.
Moon Yul Huh
IASC-ERS Summer School
The IASC-ERS Summer School on “Computational Aspects in Environmental
Statistics” was held during 7-11 September 2009 at hotel Panorama in the famous
Bulgarian resort of Pamporovo in the Rhodopes Mountain, Bulgaria. (The venue of
the Summer School had to be moved from Gorni Voden Monastery "St. Kirik and
Yulita", district of Plovdiv, due to circumstances caused by the economic
The participants of the IASC-ERS Summer School.
Compstat 2010, Paris
The COMPSTAT 2010 Symposium will take place in Paris, 22-27 August, on the
premises of Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), located in the
heart of Paris.
Contributed papers as well as posters are welcome
in the following fields:
The deadline for submitting a contributed paper or
a poster presentation is 10 January 2010. Best contributed papers will be
published together with invited papers in the proceedings book by Physica
The keynote lectures will be given by:
Three tutorials will be organized:
The programme of the 14 invited sessions is now
available on the website
2010 ARS Interim Meeting
ARS student session will be held during the Korean Statistical Society (KSS)
meeting next year (2010). The KSS meeting is held twice a year (early June,
outside Seoul and early November, within Seoul vicinity).
Moon Yul Huh
The Joint Meeting of 7th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing and 2011 Taipei International Statistical Symposium
The Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, will host The Joint
Meeting of 7th Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the International
Association for Statistical Computing (IASC) and 2011 Taipei International
Statistical Symposium from 16 to 19 December 2011 at Academia Sinica, jointly
organized by the Asian Regional Section of the IASC, the Institute of
Statistical Science, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and
Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C., and the Chinese Statistical Association.
After the main Conference, a satellite workshop on "Statistical Computing in
Quantitative Finance" will be held at the Feng Chia University in Taichung
nearby attractive sightseeing spots such as Sun Moon Lake, Formosan Aboriginal
Conferences endorsed or sponsored by the IASC
In the spirit of co-operation with other scientific communities and/or ISI World Statistics Congresses, and aiming at having an even wider horizon of scientific relationships, the IASC Council - according to the IASC statute - may deliberate the sponsorship of conferences that are organized (or co-organized) by distinguished IASC members on topics close to the Computational Statistics.
Computational and Financial Econometrics
This Conference invites presentations that contain
computational or financial econometric components. Papers containing strong
computational statistical or econometric components or substantive data-analytic
elements will be considered for publication in a special peer-reviewed (6th
special issue on Computational Econometrics), or regular, issue of the journal
Computational Statistics & Data Analysis.
2nd International Workshop of the ERCIM
Working Group on Computing & Statistics, 29-31 October 2009
The Workshop considers for presentation all topics within the interface of
Computing & Statistics. The organization of tracks and suggestion of possible
sessions within the framework of the Working Group are strongly encouraged.