ISBA 2004


Call For Papers
ISBA 2004
VIÑA DEL MAR, CHILE
MAY 23-27, 2004

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CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS, STUDENT PAPERS AND POSTERS
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The ISBA 2004 World Meeting will be held in Viña del Mar, Chile on May 23-27, 2004. The scientific program will include opening and closing plenary talks, technical sessions including debates, student paper sessions, tutorials and contributed posters. Details regarding the program and the meeting will be posted at the conference web site


as they become available. Please check this web site regularly.



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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
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  • Fabrizio Ruggeri, CNR-IMATI, Italy (Chair).
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University, US.
  • Dipak Dey, University of Connecticut, US.
  • Carmen Fernández, Lancaster University, UK.
  • Pilar Iglesias, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile.
  • Kerrie Mengersen, University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • David Ríos Insua, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain.
  • Hal Stern, University of California - Irvine, US.




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CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
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The conference scientific program will include approximately 25 technical sessions each consisting of three 30-minute talks. The Scientific Committee invites proposals for technical sessions.

To be considered, the Scientific Committee must receive a proposal containing the names and contact information for the organizer and speakers and a 1-2 page extended abstract for each speaker. Extended abstracts are to be at most two A4 or American letter size pages, in 10pt font or larger. The proposal must be submitted on or before NOVEMBER 15, 2003. A speaker may only appear in one proposed session. Only electronic submissions will be accepted (extended abstracts should be in PDF format). Proposals should be submitted using the conference web site http://isba.mat.puc.cl

A list of possible topics is included below but this is not intended to limit submissions in any way. The Scientific Committee will choose sessions for inclusion in the program based on scientific content and originality. The Committee encourages session organizers to include the work of young researchers.

Organizers of technical sessions selected for the program will be notified by DECEMBER 31, 2003. Speakers not registered for the meeting on or before APRIL 1, 2004 may be replaced. Speakers in technical sessions not selected for presentation will be encouraged to submit their papers for presentation in the Contributed Poster sessions.




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CALL FOR STUDENT PAPERS
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The conference scientific program will include a number of sessions dedicated to the presentation of student papers. The Scientific Committee expects to select approximately 9 papers for 30-minute oral presentation at the meeting, but the number could be increased depending on the number and the quality of the submissions.

To be considered students should submit an extended abstract of up to three A4 or American letter size pages, in 10pt font or larger. The abstract must be submitted on or before NOVEMBER 15, 2003. Only electronic submissions (in PDF format) will be accepted. Abstracts should be submitted using the conference web site http://isba.mat.puc.cl

A list of possible topics is included below but this is not intended to limit submissions in any way. The Scientific Committee will choose papers for inclusion in the program based on scientific content, originality, degree of completeness, and overall merit. Authors of papers to be presented orally will be notified by DECEMBER 31, 2003. Authors of papers not selected for presentation will be encouraged to submit their papers for presentation in the Contributed Poster sessions.




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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTED POSTER SUBMISSIONS
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Direct submission of contributed posters is also encouraged. Title, authors, a contact e-mail address and a brief abstract of up to 250 words should be submitted using the conference web site http://isba.mat.puc.cl before APRIL 1, 2004. At least one author must also have registered for the meeting by that date. All posters meeting these conditions and approved by the Scientific Committee will be scheduled on the program. The space available for display will be about 1 square meter per poster.




***NEW*** EARLY SUBMISSION FOR CONTRIBUTED POSTERS ***NEW***




As requested by some participants who can apply for funds only when they present papers, it is possible to submit the abstract (as above) on or before JANUARY 31, 2004. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by FEBRUARY 15, 2004. At least one author must also have registered for the meeting on or before APRIL 1, 2004. The APRIL 1, 2004 deadline is kept for the participants willing to submit their paper later.




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PUBLICATION OF PAPERS
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We are glad to inform prospective participants at ISBA 2004 that selected papers presented at the conference (both oral and poster presentations) will be published by the new electronic ISBA journal, BAYESIAN ANALYSIS, following a review process to be established by the Editorial Board of the journal. All contributed papers selected will automatically be considered for the the Lindley Prize, awarded for innovative research in Bayesian statistics: see http://www.bayesian.org/awards/LindleyPrize.html




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A NON-EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF TOPICS
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  1. Foundations -- prior distributions, utilities, decision theory and decision analysis, causality
  2. Teaching Bayesian statistics
  3. Inference -- probability and distribution theory, optimality, robustness, finite population inference and survey samples
  4. Generalized linear models (and variations), hierarchical models, nonlinear models
  5. Model selection, model diagnostics, model averaging
  6. Time/Space modeling -- stochastic processes, time series, dynamical systems, spatial and spatio-temporal modeling
  7. Multivariate methods -- clustering, mixture models, classification, discrimination, visualization
  8. Non-parametric and semi-parametric methods
  9. Computational methods, algorithms, convergence, software
  10. Machine learning, probabilistic expert systems, data mining
  11. Medical/Biological applications (not bioinformatics) biostatistics and epidemiology, medical statistics, animal and plant sciences
  12. Genetics/Bioinformatics - gene expression data, proteomics, phylogenetics
  13. Physical science applications -- engineering, physics, astronomy
  14. Industrial applications -- quality control, experimental design, reliability
  15. Social science applications -- economics, psychology, education, law, history, archeology





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REGISTRATION FEES
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Registration fees for the ISBA 2004 meeting are listed below
  • ISBA members: USD 200
  • non-ISBA members: USD 225
  • Students members of ISBA: USD 75
  • Students non-ISBA members: USD 85
Registration fees for non-ISBA members include one year of membership. After April 15th, 2004, registration fees will increase as follows:
  • ISBA members: USD 300
  • non-ISBA members: USD 325
  • Students members of ISBA: USD 125
  • Students non-ISBA members: USD 135
At this moment, fees can be paid by either sending a credit card number via fax or a check (US bank) to the ISBA treasurer

Peter Müller
Fax: 713-745-4940
E-mail: pm@odin.mdacc.tmc.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of Biostatistics
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Box 447
Houston, TX 77030-4009
USA
On-line payment is now available through the ISBA secure site. To use this option, please visit http://biostatistics.mdanderson.org/isba/conference.cgi.




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CONTACTS
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For any information please contact the Chairs of the ISBA 2004 Committees