Summer 2022

Statistics in the Big Data Era

Jun 1, 2022 to Jun 3, 2022 

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Liza Levina (University of Michigan; co-chair), Haiyan Huang (UC Berkeley; co-chair), Peter Bühlmann (ETH Zürich), Peng Ding (UC Berkeley), Jianqing Fan (Princeton University), Katerina Kechris (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), Ya'acov Ritov (University of Michigan)

This conference is focused on the changing role and nature of the discipline of statistics in the time of a data deluge in many applications, and increasing success of artificial intelligence at performing many data analysis tasks. The conference aims to bring together experts in statistical methodology and theory for complex and big data with researchers focused on a range of applications, from genomics to social networks, and to provide opportunities for new researchers to learn about both emerging methods and applications.

The conference will also be an occasion to celebrate Professor Peter Bickel’s 80th birthday. Peter has spent his long and distinguished career at the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley, throughout which he remained committed to developing theory and methods that shed light on relevant applications, a goal more relevant than ever in the age of big data.

If you require accommodation for communication, information about mobility access, or have dietary restrictions, please contact our Access Coordinator at simonsevents [at] with as much advance notice as possible.

Confirmed Speakers:
Ben Brown (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Florentina Bunea (Cornell University), David Donoho (Stanford University), Noureddine El Karoui (UC Berkeley & Criteo), Iain Johnstone (Stanford), Jing Lei (Carnegie Mellon University), Jingyi Jessica Li (UCLA), Boaz Nadler (Weizmann Institute), Jens Nielsen (City University London), Dominik Rothenhaeusler (UC Berkeley), Purnamrita Sarkar (University of Texas at Austin), David Siegmund (Stanford), Jas Sekhon (UC Berkeley), Alexandre Tsybakov (ENSAE-CREST), Rachel Wang (University of Sydney), Yazhen Wang (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Jon A. Wellner (University of Washington), Chien-Fu Jeff Wu (Georgia Tech), Nancy Zhang (University of Pennsylvania), Harrison Zhou (Yale University)

Discussion Panel: 
Peter Bickel (UC Berkeley), Peter Bühlmann (ETH Zurich), Jianqing Fan (Princeton University), Jon McAuliffe (Voleon and UC Berkeley), Deb Nolan (UC Berkeley), Tao Shi (Citadel), Bin Yu (UC Berkeley).   
Moderator:  Liza Levina ​​​​​​(University of Michigan). 

Conference Dinner:
The conference dinner date is TBD. Registration for dinner is separate from conference registration; details to follow.

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IMS Travel Grants for Graduate Students and New Researchers:
The Institute of Mathematical Statistics, a conference co-sponsor, awards the IMS Hannan Graduate Student Travel Award and the IMS New Researcher Travel Award – deadline TBD. More information about eligibility and application process available here.


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Further details about this workshop will be posted in due course. Enquiries may be sent to the organizers workshop_bigdataera [at] (at this address).

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