International Workshop on the Perspectives on High-dimensional Data Analysis III

  • Start Date: 05/23/2013
  • End Date: 05/25/2013

Plenary lecture:

Jianqing Fan (Princeton)


Invited  lecturers:


Abbas Khalili (McGill University)

Ali Shojaie (University of Washington)

Anand Vidyashankar (George Mason University)

Annie Qu (University of Illinois)

Bin Nan (University of Michigan)

Bing Li (PennState University) 

Catherine Liu, (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) 

David Stephens (McGill University)

Efstathia Bura (George Washington University )

Farouk Nathoo (University of Victoria)

Guoqing Diao (George Mason University)

Hannes Leeb (University of Vienna)

HyunKeun (Ryan) Cho (University of Illinois)

Jacob Bien  (Cornell University) 

Jian-qing Shi (University of Newcastle)

Jie Chen (University of Missouri- Kansas)

Joseph S. Verducci (The Ohio State University)

Kjell Doksum (University of Wisconsin Madison)

LiQun Wang, (University of Manitoba)

Michael Daniels (University of Florida)

Richard Charnigo (University of Kentucky)

Shingchang Samuel Kou (Harvard University)

Sijian Wang (University of Wisconsin)

Sudipto Banerjee (University of Minnesota)

Tingting Zhang (University of Virginia)

Veronica Berrocal (University of Michigan)

Xiaoli Gao (Oakland University)

Yan Zhou  (University of Michigan)

Yang Feng (Columbia University)

Yao, Jianfeng (University of Hong Kong)

Yiping Yuan (University of Minnesota) 

Yiyuan She (Florida State University)


University of British Columbia


This will be the 3rd annual “International Workshop on Perspectives on High-dimensional Data Analysis”, following the first two highly successful workshops entitled: “International Workshop on Perspectives on High-dimensional Data Analysis” (IWPHD) which took place at the Fields Institute, Toronto, 9–11 June 2011 ( and the “International Workshop on Perspectives on High-dimensional Data Analysis II” which was held at the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques, Montréal, 30 May–1 June, 2012 (
CRM jointly with the American Mathematical society will be publishing an edited volume for the papers presented in this workshop.


The purpose of this workshop is to stimulate research and to foster the interaction of researchers in the area of high-dimensional data analysis in an informal setting. The workshop will provide a venue for participants to meet the field’s leading researchers in a small group setting in order to maximize the chance of interaction and discussion. The objectives include: 1) highlight and expand the breadth of existing methods in high-dimensional data analysis and their potential for the advancement of both mathematical and statistical sciences; 2) identify important directions for future research in the theory of regularization methods, in algorithmic development, and in methodology for different application areas; 3) facilitate collaboration between theoretical and subject-area researchers; and 4) provide the opportunity for highly qualified personnel, including students, to interact with leading researchers from countries around the world.


The rationale for such a workshop is the continued rapid advancement of modern technology that is allowing scientists to collect data of increasingly unprecedented size and complexity. Examples include epigenomic data, genomic data, proteomic data, high-resolution image data, high frequency financial data, functional and longitudinal data, and network data, among others. Simultaneous variable selection and estimation is one of the key statistical problems in analyzing such complex data. This joint variable selection and estimation problem is one of the most actively researched topics in the current statistical literature. There have been many advances on the variable selection problem for linear and generalized linear regression models in the past decades. However, more recently, regularization, or penalized, methods are becoming increasingly popular and many new developments have been established.


Abstracts / Downloads / Reports: 

The meeting will begin at 9am on Thursday, May 23rd and wrap up at 3pm on Saturday, May25th. There will be a poster session and reception in the evening of May 23 and a dinner of May 24th.


Program Drafts are available here 




Organizing Committee:

S. Ejaz Ahmed (chair), Brock University 

Timothy D. Johnson( vice chair), University of Michigan

Jiahua Chen (vice chair), University of British Columbia
Xuewen Lu, University of Calgary

David Scollnik, University of Calgary

Farouk Nathoo, University of Victoria

David Stephens, McGill University

Yang Feng, Columbia University

Xiaoli Gao, Oakland University

Other Information: 

Conference Venue:

UBC Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall. Room 2012


Registration Fees:

Registratiion for the workshop is now closed.




**Park Inn Suites  (located on Broadway and Laurel) is our preferred conference hotel and has provided a special rate of $129 per night (Standard Double Room) for the HDDA Participants.

Address: 898 West Broadway Map 

Reservations: 1- 800-670-7275 or Hotel Direct at 604-872-8661.

Group Rate: please mention: "PIMS HDDA International Workshop" Conference to qualify for our group rate.

Note: This rate will apply to reservations made on or before April 8, 2013. After this date, their regular "University Rate" will apply.  



** UBC Conferences and Accomodation: 


**Holiday Inn- 711 West Broadway-  


** The Fairmont Hotel 




Travel Arrangements:

For directions on getting to UBC, please click here .

Plan yout trip via GoogleMaps and Translink(Vancouver public transport) 



Student Poster Competition

Students are strongly encouraged to register and attend the workshop and present their work at the poster session. All students submitting a poster will receive UP TO CAD $300 towards eligible expense. Furthermore, there will be a competition for best poster with AN ADDITIONAL UP TO CAD $200 value prize. The posters will be judged on content (40%), presentation (40%) and questions (20%). Poster abstracts are due at time of registration. Submit your poster Abstract here then complete your registration and payment at the bottom of the page 


Speaker Abstract submissions: Submit  your abstracts here, then complete your registration and payment at the bottom of the page.


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This is conference in part celebrates the International Year of Statistics