December  7, 2023

Distinguished Lecture Series in Statistical Science

This series was established in 2000. It takes place annually and consists of two lectures at the Fields Institute (one general, one specialized) by an internationally prominent statistical scientist. A nominating committee solicits nominations from the Canadian statistical community, and makes a recommendation to the Fields Scientific Advisory Panel which is responsible for the selection of speakers.
Upcoming Speakers


Past Speakers

April 9 & 10, 2015 - Fields Institute Room 230
Terry Speed, University of California, Berkeley
April 9, 3:30 pm - Epigenetics: A New Frontier
April 10, 11:00 am - Normalization of omic data after 2007

April 23-24, 2015
Bin Yu, University of California, Berkeley
April 23, 3:30 pm - Stability
April 24, 11:00 am - The multi-facets of a data science project to answer: how are organs formed?

November 14-15, 2013,
Xiao-Li Meng, Harvard
November 14 at 11:00 a.m.
Trivial Mathematics but Deep Statistics: Simpson's Paradox and Its Impact on Your Life

November 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Who is crazier: Bayes or Fisher?

December 6-7, 2012
Norman Breslow
, University of Washington
Dec. 6, 2012 -- 3:30 p.m
Clinical Trials and Epidemiology: Reflections of the Statistician for the National Wilms Tumor Study

Dec. 7, 2012 -- 10:00 a.m
Inference on Hazard Ratios and Survival Probabilities from Two-phase Stratified Samples

October 5-6, 2011
Jerome H. Friedman, Department of Statistics, Stanford University
October 5 - 3:30 p.m.
Statistical Learning with Large Numbers of Predictor Variables
October 6 - 11:00 a.m.
Predictive Learning via Rule Ensembles

May 3-4, 2010
Jianqing Fan Frederick L. Moore Professor of Finance, Director of Committee of Statistical Studies, Department of Operation Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University
May 3
Vast-dimensionality and sparsity
May 4
ISIS: A vehicle for the universe of sparsity

May 27- 28, 2009
David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk,
Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge
May 27 Analysing Uncertainty
May 28 Communicating Uncertainty

September 27-28, 2007
Persi Diaconis, Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University
Mathematics and Magic Tricks

April 3 & 4, 2006 --Bahen Centre --BA 1180
Elizabeth Thompson, University of Washington
April 3, 2006 Latent variables, uncertainty and evidence.
April 4, 2006 Uncertainty in inheritance and the detection of genetic linkage

November 9-10, 2005
Bradley Efron, Stanford University
November 9, 2005 Fifty Years Of Empirical Bayes
November 10, 2005 Correlation And Large-Scale Simultaneous Significance Testing

September 14-15, 2004
Sir David Cox, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford,
Graphical Models and their Statistical Interpretations
Graphical Models: Some Technical Developments

April 23 and 24, 2003
Don Dawson, Carleton University and McGill University
Probabilistic Phenomena in Mathematics and Science

April 16 and 18, 2002
Donald Fraser, University of Toronto, Statistics Department
'Is the future Bayesian or frequentist?'
Audio of talk

September 28 and October 26, 2000
Peter G. Hall, Australian National University
'Data Tuning' & 'Estimating Fault Lines and Boundaries'

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