About the Seminar Series

The UBC Department of Statistics and the SFU Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science jointly host two seminars per year, one in the fall organized by the students from SFU and one in the spring organized by the students from UBC. These seminars are intended to be informal, and at a level accessible to graduate students. To this end, three students and one faculty member from each university share their interest and experience in Statistics. We aim at providing a place for graduate students to present their research, sharpen their presentation skills, seek potential collaboration opportunities, and interact with other students in their field. The seminar conveniently takes place in downtown Vancouver, at the SFU Harbour Centre facility near Waterfront Skytrain Station, and is easily accessible by transit.

Schedule for Saturday, October 5, 2013

09:30-10:00 Coffee and pastries at Blenz Coffee (508 West Hastings Street)

10:00-10:15 Head to Room 2270 at SFU Harbour Centre (555 West Hastings Street)

10:15-10:40 Ruth Joy, SFU Post Doc
Title: A hierarchical Bayes model for incorporating uncertainties in data from marine mammal at-sea foraging tracks

10:40-11:05 Yumi Kondo, UBC PhD Student
Title: A Flexible Mixed Effect Negative Binomial Regression Model for Detecting Abrupt Increases in MRI Lesion Counts in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

11:05-11:30 Audrey Beliveau, SFU PhD Student
Title: Aerial-Access Creel Surveys with Incomplete Matching of Aerial and Access Components

11:30-12:00 Dr John Petkau, UBC Faculty Speaker
Title: Graduate Studies and Beyond in Statistical Science: A Personal View

12:00-14:00 Lunch at Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar (601 West Cordova Street)

14:00-14:30 Dr Carl Schwarz, SFU Faculty Speaker
Title: A random-walk starting from graduate studies. Where does it end up?

14:30-14:55 Yangling (Tara) Cai, UBC PhD Student
Title: Breaking the same board twice: the magic of statistics!

14:55-15:20 Jack Davis, SFU PhD Student
Title: "Don't just take the middle!" Estimation methods of underlying values of binned data

15:20-15:45 Yongliang (Vincent) Zhai, UBC PhD Student
Title: Inferring the history of human populations

Many Thanks to the Sponsors of this Event