IASC News September 2011:
Activity Report 2009-2011

 

IASC Executive Committee for 2009-2011

 

President: Yutaka Tanaka (Japan)
President-Elect: Karen Kafadar (USA)
Past President: Jaromir Antoch (Czech Republic)
Vice-Presidents: Paula Brito (Portugal), Juergen Symanzik (USA)
Scientific Secretary: Wataru Sakamoto (Japan)
Treasurer: Michel van de Velden (The Netherlands)

 

IASC Council Members

2007-2011: Michael A. Adena (Australia), Paula Brito (Portugal), Di Cook (USA), Gejza Dohnal (Czech Republic), Chul Eung Kim (South Korea), Friedrich Leisch (Germany)

2009-2013: Francisco de A.T. de Calvalho (Brazil), Francesco Palumbo (Italy), Stephen Pollock (UK), Mika Sato-Ilic (Japan), Rand Wilcox (USA), Philip Yu (Hong Kong, SAR China)

 

Activities

The objectives of the IASC are to foster world-wide interest in effective statistical computing and exchange of technical knowledge through international contacts and meetings between statisticians, computing professionals, organizations, institutions, governments and the general public, as well as to promote research and development of integrated methodologies to extract the maximum information from data. To pursue these objectives, the IASC publishes its official journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis and organizes various scientific meetings including its own Conferences (IASC World Conferences, COMPSTAT symposia in Europe and ARS Conferences on Statistical Computing in Asia) and Summer Schools. Recently, the Committee on Computational Statistics, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery was created within the IASC to promote statistical research and applications at an international level in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery originally developed by technology communities. Ten members of the Committee were elected by the IASC Council and Professor Carlo N. Lauro was elected as the Chair by the Committee. Detailed information will be announced in the near future.

 

Regional Sections

Two regional sections have been established so far, i.e., the European Regional Section (ERS) chaired by Erricos Kontoghiorghes (2008-2010) and Patrick Groenen (2010-2012) and the Asian Regional Section (ARS) chaired by Moon Yul Huh (2008-2011) and Junji Nakano (2011-2013). In addition, the IASC has close contacts with the Interface Foundation of North America. A few months ago, the ARS made minor changes to its Statutes to enable it to organize ARS Conferences every other year instead of every third year, and the minor changes were approved in the IASC Council during its meeting held on August 22, 2011, in Dublin. As a result, the IASC will have either hold a COMPSTAT or ARS Conference every year hereafter.

 

IASC Publications

  • The IASC official journal is Computational Statistics and Data Analysis (CSDA) published by Elsevier. 12 issues are published per year, and the number of subscriptions is approximately 1200. The impact factor of CSDA increased from 1,126 in 2009 to 1,228 in 2010, and the 5-year impact factor also increased from 1,228 in 2009 to 1,406 in 2010. In the year 2010, CSDA received around 1000 submissions, the acceptation rate being around 26%.

  • Proceedings from the COMPSTAT Symposia are published by Springer Verlag Company.

  • The IASC regularly contributed to the ISI Newsletter, which was published as a paper magazine up to the 100th issue in February 2010. From 2010, any news from the IASC was published online via the web pages of the IASC and/or the ISI.

  • The website of the IASC was renewed in November 2010. The URL is the same as before: http://www.iasc-isi.org

 

Amendments of IASC Statutes to Introduce Electronic Voting in IASC Elections

The IASC made minor changes to the Statutes to introduce electronic voting in the IASC elections following Article 15. More precisely, at first a proposal of amendments to the Statutes was submitted to the President by a working group consisting of more than five Council members. After discussions in the special General Assembly meeting held in London on December 12, 2010, the proposal was submitted to the membership for e-voting, and it was unanimously approved in April 2011. The amended Statutes are available on the IASC website. The elections for officers of the Executive Committee and members of the Council for 2011-2013/2015 were done according to the amended Statutes via e-voting.

 

New Composition of the IASC Council

The IASC has renewed its Council. Yutaka Tanaka (Japan) handed over to Karen Kafadar (USA) the IASC Presidential office in August 2011 during the ISI WSC in Dublin. Results of the IASC Elections for President-Elect, Vice-Presidents, Scientific Secretary, Treasurer, and Council were announced on the ISI website in the IASC News July 2011. The elected Scientific Secretary Javier Arroyo Gallardo, however, would prefer to serve for 2013-2015 rather than for 2011-2013. Accordingly, based on Article 9.5 of the Statutes, the President nominated Juergen Symanzik and the IASC Council approved him as Scientific Secretary for 2011-2013. Thus, the new composition of the IASC Council is as below.

 

IASC Executive Committee for 2011-2013

 

President: Karen Kafadar (USA)
President-Elect: Maria Paula de Pinho de Brito Duarte Silva (Portugal)
Past President: Yutaka Tanaka (Japan)
Vice-Presidents: Jung Jin Lee (South Korea), Adalbert Wilhelm (Germany)
Scientific Secretary: Juergen Symanzik (USA)
Treasurer: Christophe Croux (Belgium)

 

 

IASC Council Members

2009-2013: Francisco de A.T. De Carvalho (Brazil), David Stephen Geoffrey Pollock (UK), Rand Wilcox (USA), Francesco Palumbo (Italy), Mika Sato-Ilic (Japan), Philip L.H. Yu (Hong Kong, SAR China)

2011-2015: Chun-houh Chen (Taiwan), Jan Klaschka (Czech Republic), Donato Malerba (Italy), Francesco Mola (Italy), Joyce Niland (USA), Roy Welsch (USA)

 

Conferences and Meetings Organized and Endorsed by IASC (since the ISI Durban Session)

  • ISI 2009: 57th Session of the ISI in Durban

The 57th Session of ISI (ISI 2009) took place at International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa, on August 16-22, 2009. The IASC (co-)organized 10 IPMs. For details: http://www.statssa.gov.za/isi2009/

  • PLS’09: 6th International Conference on Partial Least Squares and Related Methods

The 6th International Conference on Partial Least Squares and Related Methods (PLS'09) took place at the Conference Center in Beihang University, Beijing, China, on September 4-7, 2009. Professor Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, who o-chaired the Program Committee, is an extremely active member of the IASC. For details: http://www.pls09.org/

  • IASC-ARS Session in the 2009 Japanese Federation of Statistical Societies Conference

The Asian Regional Section (ARS) of the IASC organized a special session of the 2009 Japanese Federation of Statistical Societies Conference at Kyotanabe Campus of Doshisya University, Kyoto, Japan, on September 8th, 2009.

  • 10th Summer School of IASC-ERS

The 10th IASC-ERS Summer School on Computational Aspects in Environmental Statistics was held in the picturesque venue of the Gorni Voden Monastery "St. Kirik and Yulita“, District of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, September 7-11, 2009. For details: http://info.meteo.bg/conferences/iasc09/

 

  • CFE’09: 3rd International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics
  • 2nd International Workshop of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing and Statistics

The 3rd International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics (CFE'09) and the 2nd International Workshop of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics took place jointly at Grand Resort Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus, on October 29-31, 2009. The joint meeting was endorsed by IASC and supported by the CSDA journal. There were approximately 540 participants, and the programme consisted of 98 sessions, 3 plenary talks and around 460 presentations. The programme and book of abstracts can be found on: http://www.cfe-csda.org/cfe09/ and  http://www.cfe-csda.org/ercim09/

 

  • 2010 Special Sessions of IASC-ARS in the 2010 Spring Conference of the Korean Statistical Society

The Asian Regional Section (ARS) of the IASC organized several student and regular sessions jointly with the Korean Statistical Society (KSS) in the 2010 Spring Conference of the KSS at Statistical Center, Daejeon, Korea, on May 21-22, 2010. In total, 33 participants attended the special sessions and 16 students presented their research in the sessions.

 

  • COMPSTAT 2010

The 19th International Conference on Computational Statistics (COMPSTAT 2010) took place at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), Paris, France, on August 22-27, 2010. The Conference was sponsored by IASC-ERS, and was organized by CNAM statisticians with the support of INRIA, the French National Institute in Computer Science and Control. The Local Organizing Committee was chaired by Gilbert Saporta (CNAM), with Yves Lechevallier from INRIA as Vice-Chair. There were 3 keynote lectures, 39 invited talks, 219 contributed papers and 144 posters. More than 550 participants came from 52 countries. The programme, proceedings and slides are available from:

http://www.compstat2010.fr/

 

  • CFE’10: 4th CSDA International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics

  • ERCIM’10: 3rd International Conference of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics

The 4th CSDA International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics (CFE'10) and the 3rd International Conference of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics took place jointly at the Senate House, University of London, London, UK, on December 10-12, 2010. The joint meeting was endorsed by the IASC and supported by the CSDA journal. There were over 850 participants, and the programme consisted of over 160 sessions, 5 plenary talks and over 700 presentations. The programme and abstracts are available from: http://www.cfe-csda.org/cfe10/ and  http://www.cfe-csda.org/ercim10/

 

  • ISI 2011: 58th ISI World Statistics Congress in Dublin

The 58th ISI World Statistics Congress (ISI 2011) took place at the Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland, on August 21-26, 2011. The IASC Programme Committee received 17 proposals for the IPSs, and organized 7 IPSs and co-organized 4 IPSs. For details: http://www.isi2011.ie/

 

Forthcoming Conferences and Meetings

 

  • 11th Summer School of IASC-ERS

The 11th Summer School of the IASC-ERS on Robust Methods for Advanced Data Structures will take place at "Huis Bethlehem" in the auditorium "De Wolfspoort", Leuven, Belgium, on September 6-9, 2011. For details: http://wis.kuleuven.be/Events/IASC2011/

 

  • The Joint Meeting of the 2011 Taipei International Statistical Symposium and the 7th Conference of the IASC-ARS

The Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, will host the Joint Meeting of the 7th Conference of the IASC-ARS and the 2011 Taipei International Statistical Symposium at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, on December 16-19, 2011, jointly organized by the IASC-ARS, the Institute of Statistical Science and the Chinese Statistical Association. For more information: http://Joint2011.stat.sinica.edu.tw/

 

  • International Workshop on Statistical Computing in Quantitative Finance and Biostatistics: A Satellite Meeting for the 7th Conference of the IASC-ARS

The International Workshop on Statistical Computing in Quantitative Finance and Biostatistics will take place at Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan, on December 20-21, 2011, as a satellite meeting of the 7th Conference of the IASC-ARS. For more information: http://workshop.stat.fcu.edu.tw/

 

  • CFE’11: 5th CSDA International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics
  • ERCIM’11: 4th International Conference of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics

The 5th CSDA International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics (CFE'10) and the 4th International Conference of the ERCIM Working Group on Computing & Statistics will take place jointly at the Senate House, University of London, London, UK, on December 17-19, 2011. The joint meeting will be endorsed by the IASC and supported by the CSDA journal. For more information:

http://www.cfe-csda.org/cfe11/ and  http://www.cfe-csda.org/ercim11/

 

  • COMPSTAT 2012

The 20th International Conference on Computational Statistics (COMPSTAT 2012) will take place at the Amathus Beach Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus, on August 27-31, 2012. The Conference is sponsored by IASC-ERS and is organized by the Cyprus University of Technology and the University of Cyprus. For more information: http://www.compstat2012.org/

 

  • ISI 2013: 59th ISI World Statistics Congress in Hong Kong

The 59th ISI World Statistics Congress (ISI 2013) will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, SAR China, on August 25-30, 2013. The IASC Programme Committee is calling for proposals for the IPSs. For more information: http://www.isi2013.hk/

 

Membership Situation

The latest official member count (April 2011) gives a total number of 511 members: 495 personal members, 12 institutional members and 4 affiliated members. Personal members decreased by 9 persons and institutional members increased by 1 institute, in comparison with the December 2008 count.

 

Note of Thanks – Homage

The homage ceremony to Processor Emeritus Chooichiro Asano, for his contribution to the computational statistics and foundation of the IASC-ARS, was held at the ARS special session of the Japanese Federation of Statistical Societies Conference in Kyoto, Japan, on September 8th, 2009.

The late Professor John Ashworth Nelder (UK) was awarded for his great contributions to computational statistics and to the IASC, and the ceremony was held at COMPSTAT 2010 in Paris, France, on August 25th, 2010.

 

Yutaka Tanaka, IASC President 2009-2011

Wataru Sakamoto, IASC Scientific Secretary 2009-2011