2023 Case Studies in Data Analysis Competition

Case Studies    

The Case Studies in Data Analysis Poster Competition will be on Monday, May 29, 2023. The case studies are intended to provide enthusiastic teams of graduate and senior undergraduate students with the opportunity to use data analysis to address issues of current importance in society. Each participating team will choose to analyze one of the two studies described below. Each team is strongly encouraged to identify a faculty member to support the members as they develop their analytic approach and final presentation. Team members will work together to present a poster summarizing their methods and analysis results.

Case Study #1:    Optimizing Patient Flow in Emergency Department

Case Study #2:    Understanding how Canada’s economy might be impacted by climate change


Two awards will be presented to the top team in each of the two case studies. The value of the award from SSC for each case study in the 2023 competition is 1,000 dollars, with the expectation that this award is shared equally among the members of each winning team. Emergency Department (Alberta Health Services & University of Calgary) will grant one of the two awards to the team working on Case Study #1. Bank of Canada will also grant one of the two awards to the team working on Case Study #2. The Committee reserves the right to decline to make an award for each case study if the number of entries is insufficient.  

Important Dates

April 24, 2023 Registration

Teams interested in participating in the competition must submit the following information by this date by emailing the Chair of the Case Studies in Data Analysis Committee, Dr. Chel Hee Lee (chelhee.lee@ucalgary.ca):

  • the names and emails of the team leader, team members, faculty mentor(s),
  • university name,
  • case study name, and
  • presentation title.

In addition, we require that the number of team members (either undergraduate students or graduate students) in a team should be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4, including a team leader. Late registration is allowed under certain conditions. 

May 16, 2023: Abstract Submission

The registered teams should submit the abstract (AbstractTemplate2023.docx) to the committee chair, Dr. Chel Hee Lee (chelhee.lee@ucalgary.ca). The poster slot number and poster specifications will be provided. 

May 24, 2023: PDF and Audio/Video Submission

The registered teams are expected to submit a PDF version of their poster and 5-7 min audio/video description to the committee chair by 5 pm EST.   

May 29, 2023 Poster presentation judging 

The Committee of the Award for Case Studies in Data Analysis will consider such attributes as result accuracy, innovation of the analysis methods, technical clarity, and cohesiveness of the analysis, interpretation and presentation of results in choosing winning teams. Each poster will be evaluated by a team of 3-4 judges. The judging team members will make a consensus of all participating teams' ranking for each of the two case studies, respectively. 


Many thanks to members of the Case Studies in Data Analysis Committee for SSC2023 for their contributions: Dr. Chel Hee Lee (University of Calgary), Dr. Zhaozhi Fan (Memorial University), Dr. Thuntida Ngamkham (University of Calgary), and Dr. Alex Stringer (University of Waterloo).