Celebrate CANSSI’s Newest Regional Centre at the Inaugural CANSSI Prairies Summit on May 24–25

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You are invited to a celebration!

CANSSI Prairies (covering Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) is about to become CANSSI’s fourth regional centre, joining CANSSI Ontario, CANSSI Québec, and CANSSI Atlantic.

The occasion will be marked by the inaugural CANSSI Prairies Summit on May 24–25, 2022—and you are invited to participate in person or on Zoom.

The Prairies Summit will feature a mix of invited talks, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, including a keynote address by Dr. Robert Tibshirani of Stanford University and a Student Poster Competition.

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Summit overview

(Visit the Eventbrite page for full details and to register)

Day 1 | Tuesday, May 24

Workshop | 1–4 p.m. CDT
Statistical Language Modelling with R
Dr. Dave Campbell, Carleton University & Bank of Canada

Virtual Student Poster Session | 4–5 p.m.
Research Innovations in Statistics and Data Science

Day 2 | Wednesday, May 25

Breakfast | 8–9 a.m. CDT

Welcome and Opening Talks (Concurrent) | 9–10 a.m. CDT

  • Welcome message
  • Dr. Donald Estep,  Director, CANSSI
  • Dr. Brian Mark, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Liqun Wang, Head, Department of Statistics, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Lisa Lix, Professor and Associate Head, Department of Community Health Sciences & Director, Data Science Platform, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, University of Manitoba

Keynote Address | 10–11 a.m. CDT
Data Science, Statistics and Health, with a Focus on Statistical Learning and Sparsity
Dr. Robert Tibshirani, Stanford University

  • Presentation followed by Q & A

Coffee Break | 11–11:30 a.m. CDT

Panel Discussion | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CDT
The Role of CANSSI Prairies in Diversifying Statistics and Data Science

  • Moderator: Dr. Lisa Lix, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Jennifer Bodnarchuk, Senior Data Scientist, Data and Applications Division, Innovation and Technology Department, City of Winnipeg
  • Ms. Parisa Azimaee, Data Scientist II, Advanced Analytics, The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
  • Ms. Kristine Kroeker, Data Manager, Synthesis Health
  • Mr. Justin Dyck, Public Health Officer, Epidemiologist I, Canadian Public Health Service, Public Health Agency of Canada

Lunchtime | 12:30–1:30 pm. CDT

Students and Postdocs Panel Discussion | 1:30–2:30 p.m. CDT
What Kinds of Training Do Students in Statistics and Data Science Need?

  • Chair: Dr. Robert Tibshirani, Stanford University
  • Dr. Max Turgeon, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of  Manitoba
  • Mr. Olawale Ayilara, PhD student, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Gyanendra  Pokharel, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Winnipeg
  • Mrs. Tingxuan Wu, PhD student, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Saskatchewan

Overview Talk | 2:30–3:30 p.m. CDT
How and Why Quantitative Psychologists Collaborate with Health/Behavioural Scientists
Dr. Sunmee Kim, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba

Closing Remarks | 3:30–3:45 p.m. CDT

In-Person Student Poster Session | 1–5:30 p.m. CDT
Research Innovations in Statistics and Data Science

Reception | 4–5:30 p.m. CDT

  • Reception will include a cash bar

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