Saturday, October 5, 2013

Department of Statistics
Penn State University
University Park, PA

The Department of Statistics at Penn State University will hold a one-day conference on Saturday, October 5, 2013 to honor Professor Herman Chernoff,  the 2013 Rao Prize winner, and Professor Stephen E. Fienberg, the 2013 P. R. Krishnaiah lecturer,  This conference will be co-organized with the 2013 Penn State Bioinformatics and Genomics (B&G) Retreat.

 

The Rao prize was established by C.R. and Bhargavi Rao to honor and recognize outstanding and influential innovations in the theory and practice of mathematical statistics, international leadership in directing statistics research, and pioneering contributions by a recognized leader in the field of statistics.  The Krishnaiah lectureship, which began as the P. R. Krishnaiah visiting scholars program in 1992, honors the memory of P. R. Krishnaiah by inviting outstanding researchers in statistics to deliver lectures at Penn State.

Location

The one-day conference will be held on the University Park campus of Penn State University in Life Science Building; see the University Park campus map for more details. Eisenhower Parking Deck is conveniently located next to the Life Sciences Building and may be free if there is no special event in campus. Click here to get directions and parking information.

Scientific Program

8:00-8:30 Registration (Tea/Coffee)

8:30-9:00 Welcoming Addresses & Award Ceremony, Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Science Building

 

David Hunter, Head, Department of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University

 

Andrew Stephenson, Associate Dean, Eberly College of Science,

           The Pennsylvania State University

 

      Introduction and Citation of Rao Prize winner: Herman Chernoff

Andrew Stephenson, Associate Dean, Eberly College of Science,

           The Pennsylvania State University

 

Introduction and Citation of the Krishnaiah Lecturer: Stephen E. Fienberg

Andrew Stephenson, Associate Dean, Eberly College of Science,

           The Pennsylvania State University

 

C.R. Rao, Eberly Professor Emertius of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University

 

9:00 – 10:40 Session 1, Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Science Building

Organizer: Rao’s prize conference committee

Chair: Naomi Altman, The Pennsylvania State University

 

9:00-10:00   Keynote address by The 2013 Rao’s prize winner

Title: Discovering Influential Variables: A Method of Partitions

Speaker: Herman Chernoff, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

10:00-10:40

Title: Interaction-based Learning in Genomic Analysis

Speaker: Shaw-Hwa Lo, Columbia University

 

10:40-11:00 Tea/Coffee Break

 

11:00-12:20 Session 2, Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Science Building

Organizer: Rao’s prize conference committee and B&G Retreat Commitee

Chair: Qunhua Li, The Pennsylvania State University

 

11:00-11:40

Title: A general framework of association measures, with applications to genetics

Speaker: Tian Zheng, Columbia University

 

11:40-12:20

Title:Segmenting the human genome based on states of neutral genetic divergence

Speaker: Francesca Chiaromonte, The Pennsylvania State University

12:20-2:00 Lunch and Poster Session, Willaman Gateway in the 3rd floor Life Sciences Building

      Organizer: Rao’s prize conference committee and B&G Retreat Committee

          Chair for Statistics Poster: Aleksandra Slavkovic,   The Pennsylvania State University     

2:00-3:20 Session 3, 009 Life Science Building

Organizer: Rao’s prize conference committee

Chair: Bing Li, The Pennsylvania State University

 

2:00-2:40

Title: Fast network community detection by SCORE

Speaker: Jiashun Jin, Carnegie Mellon University

 

2:40 – 3:20

Title: Privacy, Robustness and the Curse of Dimensionality

Speaker: Adam Smith, The Pennsylvania State University

 

      Concurrent sessionBioinformatics & Genomics Session at 100 Life Science Building

 

3:20-3:40 Tea/Coffee Break

 

3:40-5:00 Session 4, 009 Life Science Building 

Organizer: Rao’s prize conference committee

Chair: Michael Akritas, The Pennsylvania State University

 

3:40-4:40 Keynote address by The 2013 Krishnaiah lecturer

Title: Privacy in the Context of Social/Commercial System Research

Speaker: Stephen E. Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University.

 

4:40-5:00

Concluding Remark

David Hunter, Head, Department of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University

 

      Concurrent sessionBioinformatics & Genomics Session at 100 Life Science Building

Registration

All participants are supposed to register this conference. Please register this conference by clicking here.

Organizing Committee

Runze Li, Melissa McCloskey, Laurie Roan, Benjamin Shaby and Aleksandra Slavkovic

Student volunteers in organizing committee: Jason Bernstein, Yang Liu and Weijie Shen

Contact

For further information, please contact Runze Li at RaoPrize2013@psu.edu.