Fall 2019 Seminars

Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium (0001 Michael Hooker Research Center)


September 19, 2019
Lukas Biewald
CEO and co-founder of Weights & Biases, and founder of Figure Eight/CrowdFlower
Visualization and tracking of hyperparameters during training of deep learning models (PDF)

September 12, 2019
Suprateek Kundu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Emory University
Estimating Dynamic Brain Functional Networks Using Multi-Subject fMRI Data. (PDF)

September 5, 2019
David Vock, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics in School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Statistical Methods for Regulatory Tobacco Research. (PDF)

August 29, 2019
Cynthia D. Rudin, PhD
Professor of Computer Science, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, of Mathematics and of Statistical Science, Duke University
Interpretable Machine Learning: Optimal Decision Trees and Optimal Scoring Systems. (PDF)

August 22, 2019
Susan Holmes, PhD
Professor of Statistics, Stanford University
Robust methods for heterogeneous data collected in studies of the human microbiome. (PDF)

Full 2019-20 schedule to be posted after first week of classes

Spring 2019 Seminars

Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium (0001 Michael Hooker Research Center)

January 10, 2019

Robert Gentleman, PhD
V.P. of Computational Biology, Leading Computational Biology and Informatics,at 23andMe
Using genetic data to identify potential causal disease genes (PDF)

January 17, 2019
Xinyi Li, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow at SAMSI Sparse Learning for Image-on-Scalar Regression with Application to Imaging Genetics Studies (PDF)

January 24, 2019
Andrew Gordon Wilson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Uncertainty, Loss Valleys, and Generalization in Deep Learning (PDF)

January 31, 2019
Jonathan Berg, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, UNC-Chapel Hill
Berg Bio (PDF)

February 5, 2019
Hongtu Zhu, PhD
Professor, Department of Biostatistics, UNC-Chapel Hill
Modern Statistical Methods in Ride-sharing Platforms and other IT companies (PDF)

February 7, 2019
Subhajit Dutta, PhD
Visiting Professor in Biostatistics at UNC, and Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
Adjustments of some distance based classifiers in HDLSS settings (PDF)

February 14, 2019
Leslie McClure, PhD, MS
Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
A Post-Hoc Evaluation of a Sample Size Re-Estimation: The SPS3 Experience (PDF)

February 21, 2019
Kai Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Statistics and Operations Research, UNC-Chapel Hill
BET on Independence (PDF)

February 28, 2019
Nathan Kallus, PhD
Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University and Cornell Tech
Confounding-Robust Policy Improvement (PDF)

March 7, 2019
Chuanhai Liu, PhD
Professor of Statistics, Purdue University
A Multithreaded and Distributed R for Big Data Analysis (PDF)
This week our guest, Dr. Chuanhai Liu, will speak about “A Multithreaded and Distributed R for Big Data Analysis.” Dr. Liu’s research interests are Bayesian statistics, computational methods for statistical inference, computer languages and environments for data analysis, multiple comparisons, time series, missing data and multiple imputation. Dr. Liu has published two books: “Foundations of Statistical Inference – Inferential Models: Reasoning with Uncertainty” and “Computational Statistics – Advanced Markow Chain Monte Carlo Methods.”

March 21, 2019
Nancy Zhang, PhD
Professor of Statistics in The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Transfer Learning in Single Cell Transcriptomics (PDF)

March 28, 2019
Gang Li, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics and Biomathematics, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
A Scalable L0-Based Sparse Regression Method for Large-Scale Competing Risks Data (PDF)

April 4, 2019
Jan Hannig, PhD
Professor, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, UNC-Chapel Hill
Data Integration Via Analysis of Subspaces (DIVAS) (PDF)

April 11, 2019
Shuangge Ma, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics, Yale School of Public Health
Pan-disease Clustering Analysis of the Trend of Period Prevalence (PDF)

April 18, 2019
Stephen Cole, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UNC-Chapel Hill
Bounds and Estimators for the Risk Function (PDF)

April 25, 2019
Jamie Perin, PhD, James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Predicting Child Mortality by Cause in High Mortality Countries with the Bayesian lasso (PDF)

Fall 2018 Seminars

August 23, 2018
Hongkai Ji, PhD
Dept of Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Global prediction of gene regulatory landscape using gene expression

August 30, 2018
Rina Foygel Barber, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept of Statistics
University of Chicago
Permutation tests in the presence of confounders

September 6, 2018
Sheng Zhong, PhD
Dept. of Bioengineering
University of California at San Diego
Rainbow-seq: combining cell lineage tracking with single-cell RNA sequencing in preimplantation embryos

Postponed – will be rescheduled
Nancy Zhang, PhD
Dept of Statistics
University of Pennsylvania
Transfer learning and Data Alignment in Single Cell Transcriptomics

September 20, 2018
Faming Liang, PhD
Dept. of Statistics
Purdue University
An Imputation-Consistency Algorithm for Biomedical Complex Data Analysis

September 27, 2018
Dean Eckles, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Marketing
MIT Sloan School of Management
Evaluating stochastic seeding strategies in networks

October 4, 2018
Lurdes Inoue, PhD
Associate Chair & Professor
Dept of Biostatistics
University of Washington School of Public Health
Bayesian Statistical Modeling of Disease Progression

October 11, 2018
Lee-Jen Wei, PhD
Dept of Biostatistics
Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health
Moving beyond the comfort zone in practicing translational statistics for clinical studies

October 18, 2018
Fall Break

October 25, 2018
Peter X.K. Song, Ph.D.
Dept of Biostatistics
University of Michigan School of Public Health
HASS: Hybrid Algorithm for Subgroup Search via ADMM and EM Algorithms

November 1, 2018
Stefan Wager, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Operations, Information, and Technology
Stanford University School of Business
Efficient Policy Learning

November 8, 2018
Nilanjan Chatterjee, PhD
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Dept of Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Leveraging Polygenic Architecture of Complex Traits to Inform Biology, Causality and Prediction

November 15, 2018
Ying Zhang, PhD
Dept of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Indiana University
Semiparametric Analysis of Longitudinal Data Anchored by Interval-Censored Events

November 22, 2018

November 29, 2018
Lei Liu, PhD, Professor
Division of Biostatistics, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Testing mediation effect in high-dimensional compositional microbiome data

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