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Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association (DUSDAA) holds the First International Conference on Theory and Applications of Statistics

 

A three-day conference, organized by the newly created Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association (DUSDAA), was held at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 26-28, 2010 to celebrate the 60th year of the founding of the Department of Statistics and to honor its founder, the Late National Professor Qazi Motahar Husain.

 

 

Inauguration Ceremony

Some Participants at the conference

 

The conference was formally opened by the Honorable Mr. Abul Kalam Azad, Minister of Information and Cultural Affairs of the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh. At the opening ceremony, Professor M. Atahaul Islam, Chairman of the Conference Convening Committee, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Mir Masoom Ali, Chairman of the International Committee, Professor Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Professor Kazi Saleh Ahmed, Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee and the Honorable Minister Mr. Abul Kalam Azad addressed the participants.

 

There were 56 sessions which ran in five parallel sessions each day. The sessions included keynote speeches, plenary speeches, and invited and contributed papers including a memorial lecture and another special session in honor of Professor Qazi Motahar Husain. The total number of papers presented at the conference was in excess of two hundred twenty papers. The speakers, many of whom are eminent statisticians, came from India, USA, Canada, UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Oman, Fiji, Egypt, and Australia in addition to Bangladesh. The presentations covered a wide range of important and current topics which included Clinical Trials, Generalized Linear Models, Failure Time Data Analysis, Data Mining and Modeling, Socio-Demographic Analysis, Epidemiology/Public Health, Statistical Inference, Linear Models, Modeling in Demography, Biostatistics, Robust Statistics, Networking, Health Informatics, Socio-Economic Statistical Analysis, Sampling Techniques, Design of Experiments, Bayesian Analysis, Probability Distributions, Statistics in Business/Economics, Statistical Models, Multivariate Analysis, Time Series, and other miscellaneous topics. The number of registrants at the conference was in the vicinity of 300. The conference was preceded by short courses and workshops on day before the start of the conference.

 

The conference included a cultural function of songs and dances in the evening of the second day followed by a banquet. At the conclusion of the conference the Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University hosted a dinner at his residence garden in honor of the participants. The conference got wide coverage in local newspaper and television media. The conference was a great success and ended on a high note.

 

Inauguration Ceremony

Inauguration Ceremony

From Left: M. Ataharul Islam, Convener; Kazi Saleh Ahmed, Conference Chair; Honourable Minister Abu Kalam Azad, Chief Guest; Vice Chancellor A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique, Special Guest; Mir Masoom Ali, International Committee Chair