Note: The banquet will be held at Faculty HOUSE on 116th St.

To celebrate the 75th birthday of Dr. Lawrence Shepp we highlight the many contributions to stochastic modeling of real-world problems that he has made throughout his career.

Statistics and probability have come to play an increasingly important role in a variety of interdisciplinary research areas including neuroscience, genetics, physics, finance and engineering. The goal of this conference is to focus on a number of important and emerging interdisciplinary areas of research, such as imaging, telecommunications and finance. Though the individual topic areas are diverse, a unifying theme for the conference is the use of probabilistic, combinatorial, and statistical analysis of models for problems arising in the real world. The conference will highlight important contributions already made through the use of statistics and probability, including the development of new reconstruction algorithms for medical imaging, stochastic models in risk analysis and finance, and methods for analyzing complicated network data. In addition, we will also work on identifying emerging issues where statistics and probability promise to play an important role in the future.

In addition to invited sessions, a poster session is scheduled for June 24, 2011. Participants who are interested in presenting posters should e-mail their proposals to before June 1, 2011.

The conference will be held at 501 Northwest Corner Building on the Morningside Campus of Columbia University in New York.

Limited funds are available to help scholars attend who do not have other sources of money to defray travel and lodging expenses. Recent PhDs, women, and minorities are especially encouraged to request such funds.

The conference is organized by the Department of Statistics and the Center for Applied Probability at Columbia University and is supported by an NSF DMS grant.

Conference participants may also be interested in the inaugural workshop for the recently formed interest group within IMS on Finance, Probability, and Statistics to be held on June 23rd at Columbia University. The workshop consists of four invited talks and a panel discussion.

For more information please visit the workshop webpage.