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Georgia Statistics Day 2017

Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University


October 9, 2017

Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
Claudia Nance Rollins Building,
Rooms: 1000, 1051, 1055, and the Klamon Room (room 8030)
1518 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Georgia Statistics Day is a one-day conference on theoretical and applied data science with the goal of promoting interdisciplinary research within the flagship institutions of the state of Georgia. This annual conference aims to enable junior researchers in the Southeast region of the United States, including graduate students, to present their work, to be exposed to the state-of-art developments in research on statistics, big data, and related scientific areas, and to interact with some of the key players in the area. Georgia Statistics Day puts emphasis on mentoring of junior researchers and on the interaction between senior and junior researchers.

The mission statement that was adopted before the inaugural GSD2015 meeting reads as follows:
The purpose of the Georgia Statistics Day series of conferences is to nurture and encourage junior researchers in the field, and to stimulate research in topics of practical relevance to science and industry. The conferences focus on new directions of research in statistical theory and applications. Ample time is scheduled for poster sessions and informal  discussion. A comfortable setting is provided for the free exchange of ideas. Through this conference series senior researchers will provide leadership, inspiration and direction to junior researchers.

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Participating Institutions & Sponsors


The Georgia Chapter of the American Statistical Association has graciously agreed to sponsor an award for the winner of the student poster competition!

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Xihong Lin, chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Keynote Speaker

Xihong Lin, Harvard University

Dr. Xihong Lin is Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics Chair, Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University. Lin received her B.Sc. from Tsinghua University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Washington in 1994, where her supervisor was Norman Breslow. Dr. Lin’s research focuses on the development and application of statistical and computational methods to analyze high-throughput genetic and genomic data in epidemiological, environmental and clinical studies, and to analyze complex exposure and phenotype data in observational studies. Dr. Lin is the Coordinating Director of the Program of Quantitative Genomics, a school-wide interdisciplinary program focused on the development and application of quantitative methods, especially for high-throughput genomic data, and training in quantitative genomics. Lin received the COPSS Presidents' Award in 2006, the Spiegelman award of the outstanding health statistician from the American Public Health Association in 2002, and the MERIT Award [2] from the National Cancer Institute (2007-2016).

Featured Speakers

Vladimir Koltchinskii, Georgia Tech

Dr. Vladimir Koltchinskii holds a courtesy appointment in the Stewart School on Industrial & Systems Engineering and is a professor in the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech. Dr. Koltchinskii specializes in probability theory and mathematical statistics, and is currently researching probabilistic and statistical methods in machine learning. Dr. Koltchinskii received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Kiev University in 1982.


Gauri Datta, University of Georgia

Dr. Gauri Datta is Professor at University of Georgia. His research interests includes Small Area Estimation, Survey Sampling, Bayesian Analysis, Syndromic Surveillance, Linear Models, Likelihood Inference, Multivariate Analysis, Asymptotics, Bayes-Frequentist Interface, Development of Non-subjective Priors. Dr. Gauri Datta obtained his Ph.D. Degree at Ph.D. University of Florida, 1990


Howard Chang, Emory University

Dr. Howard Chang is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Emory University. Dr. Chang’s primary research interest is in the development and application of statistical methods for analyzing complex spatial-temporal environmental exposure and health data. Current methodological research focuses on three specific areas of environmental epidemiology: (1) ambient air-pollution exposure assessment, (2) health effect estimation leveraging large administrative databases, and (3) health impacts of climate change.



Dr. Lance Waller, Emory University
Dr. Abhyuday Mandel, University of Georgia
Dr. Brani Vidakovic, Georgia Tech
Dr. Suprateek Kundu, Emory University


A list of submitted abstracts will be posted soon. 

Participating Institutions and Sponsors 

Participating institutions include Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, and the American Statistical Association. 

(Taken from the Emory University website, for more information click here.)

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