The 33rd NESS Symposium

The Department of Statistics of the University of Connecticut (UConn) is proud to host the 33rd New England Statistics Symposium (NESS) on May 15–17, 2019.

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As an annual event, NESS has been bringing together statisticians from all over New England to a central location to share research, discuss emerging issues in the field, and network with colleagues since it was first started at UConn in 1987. After the establishment of the New England Statistical Society in 2017, we are proud to host the first remodeled NESS to bring NESS to a new level.

The symposium will be a 3-day event, featuring short-courses, plenary talks, invited sessions, career development panel discussion, student paper competition, student poster competition, statathon, and Chernoff Lecture. In addition to being a larger scale event, two new features are the statathon and the Chernoff Lecture.

Keynote Speakers

  1. Sam Kou, PhD., Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, Harvard University.

  2. Amanda Stent / David Rosenberg, Researcher and Data Scientists, Bloomberg.

Banquet Speaker

Anthony D’Amico, MD., PhD., Eleanor Theresa Walters Distinguished Chair, Chief of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Chair of the residency executive committee in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, and Advisory Dean and Chair of career advising and mentorship at Harvard Medical School.

Chernoff Lecture

The New England Statistical Society has created the Chernoff Excellence in Statistics Award to commemorate Herman Chernoff’s outstanding, long-term contributions to the field of statistics. These contributions include work on large sample theory, experimental design, sequential analysis, methods of presenting statistical data in visual form, and statistical decision making. The Chernoff Excellence in Statistics Awards is the most prestigious award bestowed by the NESS, given to an individual who, in the tradition of Herman Chernoff’s work, has made exceptional contributions to the theory, methodology, or novel applications to statistics and/or data science. The awardee will be revealed at the last session on Friday, May 17, 2019, and the awardee will give the Chernoff Lecture.

Call for Participation


We are calling for proposals of short courses. Please submit by Monday, February 18, 2019 at the link on our webpage.

Invited Sessions

We are calling for proposals for invited sessions. Please submit by Monday, March 18, 2019 at the link on our webpage.

Student Paper Competition

Students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration of 3 student paper awards sponsored by the IBM Watson Research Center. Manuscripts need to be received no later than Monday, April 1, 2019.

Student Poster Competition

Students are encouraged to submit posters to the student poster competition (with a sponsor to be named). Abstracts need to be submitted by Monday, April 22, 2019.


Students are encouraged to compete in the Statathon, our exclusive brand name for an event similar to a hackathon but with more focus on statistics. A real-world data science problem will be revealed in advance. A review panel will select a few finalists to present in one of the parallel sessions, and the winners will receive their awards at the closing ceremony. Team registration will be closed on Monday, May 6, 2019.

Important Dates

  • Monday, February 18, 2019: short course proposal closes
  • Monday, March 18, 2019: invited session proposal closes
  • Monday, April 1, 2019: student paper submission closes
  • Monday, April 22, 2019: abstract submission closes; Statathon team registration closes
  • Monday, May 6, 2019: online registration closes


The conference will be held in Hilton Hartford, Connecticut. The nearest airport is the Bradley International Airport of Hartford/Springfield (BDL).

Local Organizers

The Symposium local hosts and organizers from the University of Connecticut are Haim Bar, Jun Yan (chair), and HaiYing Wang. More updates will be posted on our webpage as they become available. Questions are addressed to Jun Yan at