Session Schedule - Monday June 15

Inaugural Session (1A-A1)
Special Session
Monday June 15  (McCain - Ondaatje)
8:30 - 8:35 Ed Susko (Local Arrangements Chair)
8:35 - 8:45 John Petkau (SSC President)
SSC Presidential Invited Address (1A-A2)
Special Session
Organizer and Chair: John Petkau (University of British Columbia)
Monday June 15  (McCain - Ondaatje)
8:45 - 9:50 Xiao-Li Meng (Harvard University), Lifelines for Statistics (and Statisticians): Generalists, Specialists, or Your-lists?
Combinatorial Probability (1B-I1)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Neal Madras (York University)
Session sponsored by the Probability Section
Monday June 15  (Rowe 1011)
10:20 - 10:50 Jane Gao (University of Waterloo), From Computer Science to Statistical Physics: Solution Clustering in Random CSPs
10:50 - 11:20 Jeannette Janssen (Dalhousie University), Linear Embeddings of Large Graphs
11:20 - 11:50 Lerna Pehlivan (University of Washington), Random 312 Avoiding Permutations
Getting to Know our Students in the Electronic Age: Did the Dog Really Eat the Homework? (1B-I2)
Invited Paper Session
Chair: Gary Sneddon (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Organizer: Michele Millar (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Session sponsored by the Statistics Education Section
Monday June 15  (Rowe 1028)
10:20 - 10:45 Marjorie Bond (Monmouth College), A Qualitative Survey's Journey: From Conception to Publication
10:45 - 11:10 Danielle Cox (Acadia University), The Inside Scoop on Students - Experiences in the Classroom
11:10 - 11:35 Michelle Millar (Mount Saint Vincent University), Designing and Analyzing Student Surveys: Pitfalls and Rewards
11:35 - 11:50 Discussion
Recent Advances in Predictive Methods in Actuarial Science (1B-I3)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Manuel Morales (Université de Montréal)
Session sponsored by the Actuarial Science Section
Monday June 15  (Mona Campbell 1108)
10:20 - 10:50 Cary Tsai (Simon Fraser University), A Linear Relational Approach to Modelling Mortality Rates
10:50 - 11:20 Maciej Augustyniak (Université de Montréal), Estimating the Markov-Switching GARCH Model with a Deterministic Particle Filter
11:20 - 11:50 Anne Mackay (ETH Zurich), Predicting Best-Estimate Yield Curves in Incomplete Bond Markets
Recursive Partitioning and Regression Trees (1B-I4)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Liqun Diao (University of Waterloo)
Monday June 15  (McCain - Scotiabank)
10:20 - 10:50 Michael LeBlanc (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), Refinement Rules for Prognosis and Enhanced Treatment Effect Subgroups
10:50 - 11:20 Robert Strawderman (University of Rochester), Doubly Robust Survival Trees
11:20 - 11:50 Thomas Loughin (Simon Fraser University), Heteroscedastic Regression Trees for Joint Modeling of Means and Variances
Statistics in Biosciences: Statistical Methods for Big Data from Health Science (1B-I5)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Grace Yi (University of Waterloo)
Monday June 15  (McCain - Ondaatje)
10:20 - 10:50 Xihong Lin (Harvard University), The Generalized Higher Criticism for Testing SNP-set Effects in Genetic Association Studies
10:50 - 11:20 Hongzhe Li (University of Pennsylvania), Sparse Simultaneous Signal Detection and Its Applications in Genomics
11:20 - 11:50 Charmaine Dean & Mark Wolters (Western University & Fudan University), Parameter Estimation in Autologistic Regression Models for Detection of Smoke in Satellite Images
Biostatistics: Genetics and Imaging Topics (1B-C1)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Zeny Feng (University of Guelph)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2102)
10:20 - 10:35 Yunan Zhu (University of Alberta), Estimating Sparse Graphical Models
10:35 - 10:50 Yongliang Zhai (University of British Columbia), A Poissonian Model of Indel Rate Variation for Phylogenetic Tree Inference
10:50 - 11:05 Sean Jewell (University of British Columbia), Phylogenetic Inference by Divide and Conquer Sequential Monte Carlo (D\&C SMC)
11:05 - 11:20 Yun Cai (Dalhousie University), Supervised Non-Negative Matrix Factorization for Analysis of Microbiome Data
11:20 - 11:35 Bo Chen (University of Toronto), Statistical Analysis of Sex Chromosome in Genome-wide Association Studies
11:35 - 11:50 Keelin Greenlaw (University of Victoria), Empirical Bayes Multivariate Group-Sparse Regression for Brain Imaging Genomics
Environmetrics (1B-C2)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Matías Salibián-Barrera (University of British Columbia)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2170)
10:20 - 10:35 David J Thomson (Queen's University), Experiments ``Fixing'' Ground-Level Ozone
10:35 - 10:50 Herbert Nkwimi Tchahou (Statistique Canada), Indicators of Database Quality for Wetlands in Canada: Example of Analysis of Environmental Data
10:50 - 11:05 Ofir Harari (Simon Fraser University), Design on Non-Convex Regions: Optimal Experiments for Spatial Process Prediction
11:05 - 11:20 Audrey-Anne Vallée (Université de Neuchâtel), Incorporating Spatial and Operational Constraints in the Sampling Designs for Forest Inventories
11:20 - 11:35 Camila Casquilho-Resende (University of British Columbia), Spatio-temporal Modelling of Temperature Fields in the Pacific Northwest
11:35 - 11:50 Peter Starszyk (University of Waterloo), Inferring Chemical Kinetics from Direct and Indirect Concentration Data
Overdispersion, Mixtures, and Related Topics (1B-C3)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Alexandre Leblanc (University of Manitoba)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2184)
10:20 - 10:35 Xingde Duan (University of New Brunswick), ``Multivariate Poisson mixed models with unstructured covariance structure''
10:35 - 10:50 Mohammad Rajibul Islam Mian (University of Windsor), Estimation for Zero Inflated Overdispersed Generalized Linear Model with Missing Covariates as well as Response
10:50 - 11:05 William H. Aeberhard (Dalhousie University), Nonparametric Estimation of Mixing Distributions for Mixed Poisson Models
11:05 - 11:20 Christine Nguyen (Brock University), On Inference of a Mixture Pareto Distribution
11:20 - 11:35 Mohamed Amezziane (Central Michigan University), The Exact Distribution of a Certain Class of Nonparametric Multivariate Two-Sample Test Statistics
Time Series and Probability (1B-C4)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Alexandre Bouchard-Côté (University of British Columbia)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2198)
10:20 - 10:35 Abdollah Safari (Simon Fraser University), Estimators of Regression Coefficients in Models for Time Series of Counts
10:35 - 10:50 Jinjun Tong (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Estimation and Filtering of State Space Model with GEV marginals and Exponential Levy-type Stable Errors
10:50 - 11:05 Trevor Thomson (University of Winnipeg), Efficient Estimation for Time Series Following Generalized Linear Models
11:05 - 11:20 Haosui Duanmu (University of Toronto), Nonstandard Analysis and its Application to Markov Chain Convergence Problem
11:20 - 11:35 Jinyoung Yang (University of Toronto), Automatically Tuned General-Purpose MCMC via New Adaptive Diagnostics
11:35 - 11:50 Sudhakar Achath (University of Saskatchewan), Imprecise Probabilities for Measuring Tracking Error Risk
Case Study 1: Youth Employment and the 2008 Crisis (1C-D1)
Case Study
Organizer and Chair: Georges Monette (York University)
(Posters displayed 12:00-17:30. Presenters in attendance 13:30-15:30)
Monday June 15  (Student Union Building - McInness)
12:00 - 17:30 Asma Bahamyirou, Alexei Nordell-Markovits, Eric Tsala & Teng Ke Xiong (Université de Sherbrooke)
12:00 - 17:30 Menglu Che, Sile Tao & Wei Tu (University of Alberta)
12:00 - 17:30 Bo Chen, Reihaneh Entezari & Tadeu Ferreira (University of Toronto)
12:00 - 17:30 Philippe Gagnon, Antoine Baudouin, Félix Carrier & Rafael Sobrino-CANCELLED (HEC Montréal)
12:00 - 17:30 Bowen Gao, Chendi Liao, Genming He, Jia Jing, Megan Kan & Qian Yang (University of Toronto)
12:00 - 17:30 Kamal Rai, Laura Lin, Joanne Xu, Danny Lu & Zixin Nie (University of Waterloo)
12:00 - 17:30 Gabrielle Simoneau & Pablo Gonzalez Ginestet (McGill University)
12:00 - 17:30 Abhishek Varu, Pratheep Kunwar, Yuvraj Pannu, Sudipta Saha, Bowei Xiao, Hiroaki Iijima, Janarthan Baral, Mohsen Soltanifar & Maheshan Indralingam (University of Toronto)
Case Study 2: Baseball Strategies (1C-D2)
Case Study
Organizer and Chair: Georges Monette (York University)
(Posters displayed 12:00-17:30. Presenters in attendance 13:30-15:30)
Monday June 15  (Student Union Building - McInness)
12:00 - 17:30 Junior Chuang, David Dai, Katherine Daignault, Bingqing Shen, Kelly Sunderland, Mai Xu & Jie Zhu (University of Toronto)
12:00 - 17:30 Chendi Liao, Genming He, Jia Jing & Wenqi Fan (University of Toronto)
12:00 - 17:30 Sergio Vicente, Isabelle Lefebvre & Steve Ferreira (Université de Montréal)
Advances in High-Dimensional Statistical Inference (1D-I1)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Yingli Qin (University of Waterloo)
Monday June 15  (Rowe 1028)
13:30 - 14:00 Gourab Mukherjee (University of Southern California), Adaptive Inventory Management Strategies for a Large Scale Newsvendor
14:00 - 14:30 Zhigang Yao (National University of Singapore), Partial Correlation Screening for Estimating Large Precision Matrices, with Applications to Classification
14:30 - 15:00 Abbas Khalili (McGill University), Post-Model Selection Inference for Finite Mixture of Regression (FMR) Models
Business and Industrial Applications (1D-I2)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Paul McNicholas (McMaster University)
Session sponsored by the Business and Industrial Statistics Section
Monday June 15  (McCain - Scotiabank)
13:30 - 14:15 Shirley Mills (Carleton University), Privacy Preserving Classification for Partitioned Data
14:15 - 15:00 Stefan Steiner (University of Waterloo), Regulating the Bias-Variance Tradeoff in Analysis of Survey Data over Time with Application to a Customer Loyalty Survey
Novel Statistical Methods for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (1D-I3)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Lisa Lix (University of Manitoba)
Session sponsored by the Biostatistics Section
Monday June 15  (McCain - Ondaatje)
13:30 - 14:00 Myriam Blanchin (University of Nantes), Assessing Change in Longitudinal PROMs Studies: Using IRT Polytomous Models to Detect and Adjust for Response Shift
14:00 - 14:30 Eleanor Pullenayegum (University of Toronto), Handling Health Utility Data: the Example of the EQ-5D
14:30 - 15:00 Tolulope Sajobi (University of Calgary), On Discrimination in Multivariate Non-Normal Repeated Measures Data
Recent Developments in Small Area Estimation (1D-I4)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Mahmoud Torabi (University of Manitoba)
Session sponsored by the Survey Methods Section
Monday June 15  (McCain 2170)
13:30 - 14:00 Malay Ghosh (University of Florida), Prediction in Heteroscedastic Nested Error Regression Models with Random Dispersions
14:00 - 14:30 Jiming Jiang (University of California, Davis), Benchmarking the Observed Best Predictor
14:30 - 15:00 Gauri Datta (University of Georgia), Small Area Estimation for Normal Mixture Models
BFF Inference and Beyond – Building a Unified Foundation for Statistical Inference (1D-I5)
Chair: Xiao-Li Meng (Harvard University)
Organizers: Xiao-Li Meng (Harvard University) and Min-ge Xie (Rutgers University)
Session sponsored by the ICSA – Canada Chapter
Monday June 15  (Rowe 1011)
13:30 - 14:00 Nancy Reid (University of Toronto), On some Principles of Statistical Inference
14:00 - 14:30 Jenny Shi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), A fiducial approach to the estimation of covariance matrix
14:30 - 15:00 Ming-ge Xie (Rutgers University), Confidence Distribution (CD) and a Unifying Framework for Statistical Inferences
Actuarial Science and Finance 1 (1D-C1)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Michelle Xia (Northern Illinois University)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2184)
13:30 - 13:45 Toby Kenney (Dalhousie University), Credibility Classification with Missing Data
13:45 - 14:00 Etienne Marceau (Université Laval), Discrete-Time Risk Models, with Exchangeable Archimedean Copulas
14:00 - 14:15 Alexander Melnikov (University of Alberta), Financial Markets with Long-range Dependence: Partial Hedging and Statistical Study
14:15 - 14:30 Lealand Morin (Capital One), Keeping Diffusion Processes within Bounds: Using Information between Observations
14:30 - 14:45 David Saunders (University of Waterloo), Lower Tail Independence of Hitting Times of Two-Dimensional Diffusion Processes
Biostatistics in Action 1 (1D-C2)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Celia Greenwood (McGill University)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2198)
13:30 - 13:45 Junior Chuang (University of Toronto), Impact of Ultra-Fine Particles on Childhood Development of Lung Functions, Results from Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study
13:45 - 14:00 Mohammad Ehsanul Karim (University of British Columbia), Comparison of Statistical Approaches Dealing with Immortal Time Bias in Drug Effectiveness Studies
14:00 - 14:15 Alisha Albert-Green (University of Western Ontario), A General Framework for the Joint Modelling of Multivariate Zero-Inflated Spatial Processes
14:15 - 14:30 Wei Hao (David) Dai (University of Toronto), Composite Indices for High-Dimensional Questionnaire Data
14:30 - 14:45 Xuan Li (York University), A Method for Clustering Hemagglutinin Influenza Protein Sequences
14:45 - 15:00 Ahalya Sivathayalan (Carleton University), Empirical Comparisons of the Signal-to-Noise Crossover Dose and the Benchmark Dose
Biostatistics: Dealing with Incomplete Data (1D-C3)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Joel Dubin (University of Waterloo)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2116)
13:30 - 13:45 Liqun Diao (University of Waterloo), Vine Copula Models for Recurrent Exacerbations in Chronic Disease
13:45 - 14:00 Yayuan Zhu (University of Waterloo), Analysis of Complex Event Outcome Data from Disease Clinics
14:00 - 14:15 Michael McIsaac (Queen's University), Designing Studies with Incomplete Data: An Adaptive Approach to Optimal Response-Dependent Mean Score Sampling
14:15 - 14:30 Chithran Vasudevan (Memorial University), Censored Quantile Regression with the Effective Usage of Auxiliary Information
14:30 - 14:45 Ying Wu (University of Waterloo), Assessing the Accuracy of Predictive Models with Interval-censored Data
14:45 - 15:00 Christopher A. Gravel (Carleton University), A Validation Sampling Approach for Unbiased Estimation in Misclassified Right Censored Continuous Time Survival Data
Foundations and Nonparametrics (1D-C4)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Mireille Schnitzer (Université de Montréal)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2102)
13:30 - 13:45 Asma Bahamyirou (Université de Sherbrooke), On the Discrepancy between Bayes Credibility and Frequentist Probability of Coverage
13:45 - 14:00 Weili Li (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto), Extending the Evidential Paradigm to Accommodate Composite Hypotheses
14:00 - 14:15 Félix Camirand Lemyre (Université de Sherbrooke), Conditional Distributions from Top to Bottom.
14:15 - 14:30 Mikelis Bickis (University of Saskatchewan), Overthrowing the $\Omega$ Delusion and Making Probability Pointless
14:30 - 14:45 Alexandre Leblanc (University of Manitoba), Local Polynomial Regression: A Bernstein Polynomial Perspective
14:45 - 15:00 Mohamed Belalia (Université de Sherbrooke), Bernstein Conditional Density Estimation with Application to Conditional Distribution and Regression Functions
Big Data Analysis: Methodology and Applications (1E-I1)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: S. Ejaz Ahmed (Brock University)
Monday June 15  (McCain - Scotiabank)
15:30 - 16:00 Hao Chai (Yale University), Identifying Gene-Environment Interactions using a Robust Penalization Approach
16:00 - 16:30 Farouk Nathoo (University of Victoria), A High-Dimensional State-Space Model for the Joint Analysis of EEG and MEG Data
16:30 - 17:00 Anand Vidyashankar (George Mason University), Robust Inference for Conditionally Specified Models via Divergences
Methodological developments that could impact the practice of statistics (1E-I2)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Fernando Camacho (Damos Inc.)
Session sponsored by the Accreditation Committee
Monday June 15  (McCain - Ondaatje)
15:30 - 16:15 Richard Cook (University of Waterloo), Adaptive Clinical Trials: Statistical Methods and Practical Considerations.
16:15 - 17:00 Lehana Thabane (McMaster University), Issues in Vaccine Trials: Recent Debate, Methodological Challenges and the Ethics
Novel Assessment Methods in Undergraduate Education (1E-I3)
Invited Paper Session
Chair: Alison Gibbs (University of Toronto)
Organizer: Bruce Dunham (University of British Columbia)
Session sponsored by the Statistics Education Section
Monday June 15  (Rowe 1011)
15:30 - 16:00 Susan Kinniburgh (Camosun College), Outcomes of an Introductory Statistics Course Using WeBWorK Online Assessment
16:00 - 16:30 Bruce Dunham (University of British Columbia), Using Two-Stage Examinations in Undergraduate Courses
16:30 - 17:00 Douglas Whitaker (University of Florida), LOCUS: Assessing Conceptual Understanding of Statistics
Statistical Methods in Molecular Evolution (1E-I4)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Liangliang Wang (Simon Fraser University)
Monday June 15  (Rowe 1028)
15:30 - 16:00 Cécile Ané (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Statistical Methods to Detect Reticulate Evolution
16:00 - 16:30 Alexandre Bouchard-Côté (University of British Columbia), Inferring the Phylogeny of Cancer Cells
16:30 - 17:00 Forrest Crawford (Yale University), Estimation for General Birth-Death Processes in Molecular Evolution
Stochastic Processes and Applications (1E-I5)
Invited Paper Session
Organizer and Chair: Gail Ivanoff (University of Ottawa)
Session sponsored by the Probability Section
Monday June 15  (McCain 2170)
15:30 - 16:00 Gennady Shaikhet (Carleton University), Asymptotically Tight Bounds for Sensor Allocation Problems on the Real Line
16:00 - 16:30 Aaron Smith (University of Ottawa), Mixing Time of the Constrained Ising Process on the Lattice at Low Density
16:30 - 17:00 Louis-Pierre Arguin (Université de Montréal), Probabilistic Approach for the Maxima of the Riemann Zeta Function on the Critical Line
Complex Correlation Structures and Zero-Heavy Data (1E-C1)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Ying Zhang (Acadia University)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2198)
15:30 - 15:45 Tiago Pellegrini (University of New Brunswick), Tweedie Mixed Models for Spatial Areal Data
15:45 - 16:00 Shijia Wang (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Inference About Regression Parameters Using Highly Stratified Survey Count Data with Overdispersion and Repeated Measurements
16:00 - 16:15 Tariqul Hasan (University of New Brunswick), Simultaneous Modelling of Clustered Marginal Counts and Multinomial Proportions with Zero-Inflation with Application to Analysis of Osteoporotic Fractures Data
16:15 - 16:30 Chunlin Wang (University of Waterloo), Semiparametric Inferences on the Means of Groups with Excess Zero Observations
16:30 - 16:45 Erin Lundy (Western University), Joint Models for Multivariate Longitudinal Zero-Heavy Count Data Analysis
16:45 - 17:00 Haocheng Li (University of Calgary), Joint Modeling Methods for Functional Data Mixed with Zero-and-One Inflated Continuous Proportions and Skewed Continuous Measurements
Experimental Design, Simulation, and Reliability (1E-C2)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Stefan Steiner (University of Waterloo)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2116)
15:30 - 15:45 Hugh Chipman (Acadia University), Simulation Studies for Statistical Procedures: Why Can't We Practice What We Preach?
15:45 - 16:00 Fatimah Al Ahmad (Acadia University), Assessing the Accuracy of BART Credible Intervals for Prediction
16:00 - 16:15 Nathaniel Stevens (University of Waterloo), Quantifying Agreement Between Two Methods of Measurement
16:15 - 16:30 Candemir Cigsar (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Carryover Effects in Repairable Systems
16:30 - 16:45 Hensley Hubert Mariathas (Memorial University of Newfoundland), The Effect of Heterogeneity on the Assessment of Imperfect Repairs
16:45 - 17:00 Po Yang (University of Manitoba), Response Surface Methodology using Split-Plot Definitive Screening Designs
Statistical Science for Ocean Ecosystems (1E-C3)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Duncan Murdoch (Western University)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2184)
15:30 - 15:45 Joanna Mills Flemming (Dalhousie University), Statistical Methods for Assessing Impacts of Overfishing
15:45 - 16:00 Stuart Carson (Dalhousie University), Spatio-Temporal Statistical Modelling for Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) Abundance on the Scotian Shelf using Sample Survey Data
16:00 - 16:15 Noel Cadigan (Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland), A Spatio-Temporal Stock Assessment Model for Snow Crab in Newfoundland and Labrador
16:15 - 16:30 Lin Qin (University of Waterloo), Detecting Sea Water Migration in Canadian Arctic Fish
16:30 - 16:45 Daniel Dinsdale (University of British Columbia), Stochastic Modelling of Marine Mammal Tag Data
16:45 - 17:00 Connie Stewart (University of New Brunswick Saint John), Measuring Distance between Compositional Data Containing Zeros
Statistics in Action: A Smörgåsbord (1E-C4)
Contributed Paper Session
Chair: Wendy Lou (University of Toronto)
Monday June 15  (McCain 2102)
15:30 - 15:45 Yizhou Fang (University of Waterloo), Fast and Flexible Non-linear Modeling of Financial Assets
15:45 - 16:00 Philippa Swartz (Simon Fraser University), The Quality of Pitches in Major League Baseball
16:00 - 16:15 Michael Guerzhoy (University of Toronto), Hierarchical Bayesian Models for Uncertainty-Quantified Ranking of Restaurant Chains by Food Safety Compliance
16:15 - 16:30 Anita Brobbey (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Analysis of Ordered Categorical Data from Designed Experiments
16:30 - 16:45 Thuva Vanniyasingam (McMaster University), Determining Individual-Specific Terminal Half-Life Estimates and Optimal Sampling Time Points for Patients with Hemophilia B Administered rFIXfc
16:45 - 17:00 Charles Bordet (Université Laval), A Stochastic Pella Tomlinson Model and its Maximum Sustainable Yield