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2019 IMS/ASA Spring Research Conference

2019 IMS/ASA Spring Research Conference

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Join us for SRC 2019.

The 2019 Spring Research Conference (SRC) of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences (SPES) will be hosted by the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech

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May 22-24, 2019

More Information: 

Individuals would who like to contribute a talk or poster to the program should send a title and abstract to Robert Gramacy (, with the subject line “SRC 2019 Contribution”.

Contributed talks and posters will be entertained simultaneously, although you may indicate if you would prefer not to give a talk.

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Call for Proposals

A limited number of student travel scholarships are available to students contributing a poster or presentation. To apply, provide a short statement of interest in the meeting (e.g., how would it benefit your study?), a CV/resume, and a note from your advisor (on letterhead) confirming your student status and explaining the nature of your role in the research you are proposing to present.

All funded students must contribute a talk or poster, so this application for funding should be combined with the email described in the adjacent 'Call For Proposals' tab.

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Call for Proposals

Keynote Speakers:

David Banks, Duke University (Bio)

Christine Anderson-Cook, Los Alamos National Lab (Bio)

Banquet Speaker:

Oliver Schabenberger, COO and CTO of SAS (Bio)

Confirmed Invited Speakers: 

  • Dan Apley (Northwestern)
  • José Nunez Ares (KU Leuven)
  • Derek Bingham (Simon Frazer)
  • Mickael Binois (Argonne)
  • Andrew Brown (Clemson)
  • Jenny Brynjarsdottir (Case Western)
  • Oksana Chkrebtii (Ohio State)
  • Tirthankar Dasgupta (Rutgers)
  • Walter Dempsey (Harvard)
  • Arindam Fadikar (Virginia Tech)
  • Christopher Franck (Virginia Tech)
  • Jason Freels (Air Force Tech)
    Kassie Fronczyk (Livermore)
  • David Goldsman (Georgia Tech)
  • Joe Guinness (Cornell)
  • Dorit Hammerling (NCAR/CO Mines)
  • Brandon Haynie (Babel Street)
  • Dave Higdon (Virginia Tech) 
  • Yili Hong (Virginia Tech)
  • Ying Hung (Rutgers)
  • V Roshan Joseph (Georgia Tech)
  • Lulu Kang (Illinois Tech)
  • Caleb King (JMP)
  • Jason Klusowski (Rutgers)
  • Goran Konjevod (Livermore)
  • Ksenia Kyzyurova (Brown University)
  • Earl Lawrence (Los Alamos)
  • I-Chen Lee (Taiwan)
  • Antonio Linero (Florida State)
  • Xiao Liu (Arkansas)
  • Simon Mak (Georgia Tech)
  • Bobby Mee (Tennessee)
  • Reza Mohammadi (Amsterdam)
  • William Myers (Procter and Gamble)
  • Barry L. Nelson (Northwestern)
  • Anthony Overstall (Southampton)
  • Jonathan Ozik (Argonne)
  • Peter Parker (NASA)
  • Victor Picheny (INRA)
  • Jose Eduardo Cadena Pico (Livermore)
  • Matt Pratola (Ohio State)
  • Peter Qian (Wisconsin)
  • Yanjun Qian (Virginia Commonwealth)
  • Ben Shaby (Penn State)
  • Byran Smucker (Miami Ohio)
  • Srijan Sengupta (Virginia Tech)
  • Wujun Si (Wichita State)
  • Jon Stallrich (NC State)
  • Leonard Stefanski (NC State)
  • Nathaniel Stevens (Waterloo)
  • John Stufken (Arizona State)
  • Martina Vandebroek (Leuven)
  • Tim Waite (Manchester)
  • Hong Wan (NC State)
  • Richard Warr (Brigham Young)
  • Maria Weese (Miami Ohio)
  • Scott Vander Wiel (Los Alamos)
  • Chris Wikle (Missouri)
  • James Wilson (U San Francisco)
  • Weijun Xie (Virginia Tech)
  • Qiong Zhang (Clemson)
  • Ji Zhu (Michigan)

Local Organizing Committee

Robert B. Gramacy,

Yili Hong,

Xinwei Deng,

Program Committee

Robert B. Gramacy, Virginia Tech

Lu Lu, University of South Florida 

Brian Reich, NC State

Ana Kupresanin, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Chufang Devon Lin, Queens University

David Edwards, Virginia Commonwealth University

William Myers, Procter and Gamble

Please note that all of our reserved rooms are now full. 

If you still need to make reservations for lodging, there are a number of options in town many of which will honor government rates. "Blacksburg Lodging" is an excellent guide. 

Blacksburg Lodging

There are a number of options for transportation from the Roanoke Regional Airport to Blacksburg. 

Roanoke Regional Airport car rental companies: 

Other options: 

  • The Smartway Bus - regional bus providing transportation between Roanoke and Blacksburg; Note: if returning to airport on Sunday you will need to ask the driver about an "Airport Transfer" as there is no regular Sunday service.  
  • Hooptie Ride (local driving service) - schedule in advance
  • Uber/Lyft

Blacksburg is a town of a little more than 40,000 people that sits atop the Eastern Continental Divide in the highlands region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. While it is a dyed-in-the-wool college town proud to be home to the second-largest public institution in the commonwealth,  Blacksburg is also a community well-known for its friendliness and serves as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts due to its proximity to the Appalachain Trail and numerous other adventures. 

If you would like to explore the area while you are here for the Spring Research Conference, the guide below is a good place to start. 

Parallel sessions will be held on-campus in the New Classroom Building (1455 Perry Street, Blacksburg).


Directions from Hyatt Place:

Directions from Residence Inn Marriot:


Poster sessions will be held on-campus in the lobby of the Moss Arts Center (190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg).

Directions from Hyatt Place:

Directions from Residence Inn Marriot:


The banquet will be held at Beliveau Winery and Estate ( Shuttles to Beliveau will be provided and will meet at the New Classroom Building (NCB-- the location of parallel sessions) after the final session on Thursday evening.  Conference participants are, of course, welcome to drive themselves if they wish.

Directions from Hyatt Place:

Directions from Residence Inn Marriot:

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors

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