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The third LARS-IASC School on Computational Statistics and Data Science will be held in Ciudad de México from 17-18 April 2021. The school theme is ‘Stochastic Simulation and Reinforcement Learning’ and the IASC will provide up to 10 scholarships for LARS-IASC students.

The 3rd LARS-IASC School on Computational Statistics and Data Science will be held in Ciudad de México, México, from 17-18 April 2021. This is a satellite event of the 5th Latin American Conference on Statistical Computing, LACSC 2021, jointly organized by the Instituto Autónomo de México (ITAM), the Latin American Regional Section of the International Association for Statistical Computing (LARS-IASC) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

This year the school theme is Stochastic Simulation and Reinforcement Learning. The instructors are:

  • Enrique Sucar, Inst. Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, México
    “Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Applications”
  • David Muñoz-Negrón, Instituto Tecnológico de México (ITAM)
    “Stochastic Simulation: Output Analysis and Applications”
  • Eduardo F. Morales, Inst. Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, México
    “Reinforcement Learning”

The main purpose of the school is to spread the knowledge base and advances in Statistical Computing in Latin American countries and to increase the quantity of researchers and data scientists in the field. The program is organized around three axes: knowledge base and advances, software and data science applications and it is oriented to postgraduate students, researchers and practitioners in statistics and data science. For LARS-IASC students, the IASC will provide (a) up to 10 scholarships – 100% waiver in registration fee for students living in developing countries (low income countries https://data.worldbank.org/income-level/low-income and lower middle income countries https://data.worldbank.org/income-level/lower-middle-income); (b) 1 full scholarship that includes registration fee, travel, and stay expenses. To apply for these scholarships, the candidates must:

  • Be a member of the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC). More information on how to become a member can be found here.
  • At the time of the application and of the events be living and working/studying in a developing country.

ITAM’s mission is to contribute to the individual’s comprehensive education and to develop a more free and prosperous society. In order to achieve its research, teaching, and outgrowth endeavors, ITAM aims to reach the highest levels of academic excellence in an environment promoting the plurality of ideas and respectful of ethnic, cultural, and religious differences. Our institution's goal is to prepare and educate women and men that are capable of acting in an informed, rational, responsible, critical way, and committed to creating, managing, and shaping public opinion, institutions, as well as further works. It also intends that these women and men be capable of creating and transmitting knowledge of the highest ethical, scientific, technological, and professional levels, allowing society to become aware of its problems and contributing to their understanding and solutions. See the website for more information.