Statistics Seminars Series

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Brown Statistical Seminars are hosted collaboratively by the Department of Biostatistics and the Center for Statistical Sciences to provide educational and research opportunities to graduate, undergraduate, and medical students as well as to researchers across the University.  The seminars take place on selected Mondays throughout the academic year and feature leading researchers from the US and internationally.   

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AY 2017-18 Statistical Seminars

9 April 2018
Tingting Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Virginia

Seminar Title: "Modeling the Brain Networks of Directional Connectivity Using Intracranial EEG Times Series"

19 March 2018
Rafa Irizarry, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Statistics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Charles K. Colver Lectureship Series

 Lecture Title:  "Accounting for systematic bias in bulk and single cell RNA-Seq data"

5 March 2018
Eric Laber, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University

Seminar Title:  "Omptimal treatment allocations in space and time for online control of an emerging infectious disease"

12 February 2018
Andrea Troxel, PhD, Professor and Director Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine

Seminar Title:  "Pragmatic Clinical Trials and New Approaches to Consent"

29 January 2018
Jukka-Pekka Onnela, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Charles K. Colver Lectureship Series

 Lecture Title: "Smartphone-based Digital Phenotyping" 

18 September 2017 
Rui Feng, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, University of Pennsylvania

 Lecture Title: "Mendelian Randomization Using Multiple Genetic Markers"

16 October 2017 
Brisa Sanchez, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health University of Michigan

 Lecture Title: "Statistical Models to Assess Association between the Built Environment and Health”

30 October 2017  Charles K. Colver Lectureship Series
Peter Song, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health University of Michigan

 Seminar Title:  "High-dimensional correlated data analysis on the Hadoop platform, with application to an infant memory study via EEG brain imaging"

6 November 2017 
Heping ZhangPhD, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics, Professor in the Child Study Center, Professor of Statistics and Data Science, Yale University School of Public Health

 Lecture Title:  "Surrogate Residuals for Generalized Linear Models"

13 November 2017  Charles K. Colver Lectureship SeriesPeter Song,Hulin Wu, PhD,  The Betty Wheless Trotter Professor & ChairDepartment of Biostatistics & Data ScienceSchool of Public HealthProfessor, School of Biomedical InformaticsUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 Seminar Title:  “Two Big Data Research Projects: High-Dimensional Differential Equationand Network Modeling for GEO Genomics and EHR Phenomics Data”

 

27 November 2017  Charles K. Colver Lectureship Series
Yann LeCun, PhD, Director, Facebook AI Research Silver Professor, New York University

 Seminar Title: “How Could Machines Learn as Efficiently as Animals and Humans?”

 

AY 2016-17 Statistical Seminars

 

24 April 2017 - C.V. Starr Lectureship Series
Cynthia Rudin
, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

 Lecture:  "New Interpretable Machine Learning Methods for Causal Inference

17 April 2017
Roger Peng, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 Seminar:   "Estimating the Health Effects of Air Pollution Mixtures"

10 April 2017 - C.V. Starr Lectureship Series
Susan A. Murphy
, PhD, H.E. Robbins Distringuished University Professor of Statistics and Professor of Psychiatry, Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.  

 Watch Lecture:  "Assessing Moderated Effects of Mobile Health Interventions on Behavior

3 April 2017 - C.V. Starr Lectureship Series
John Lafferty, PhD, Louis Block Professor, Department of Statistics and Department of Computer Science, Physical Sciences Division, Univesity of Chicago

 Lecture:  "Superadaptive Optimization (and Inference)" 

27 Febrary 2017 - C.V. Starr Lectureship Series
Daniela Witten, PhD, Associate Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics, University of Washington

 Watch Lecture:  "Statistical Methods for Some Problems in Neuroscience

5 December 2016
Corwin Zigler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 Seminar: "Causal Inference Methods for Evaluating Policies to Reduce Air Pollution from Pow Plants"

7 November 2016
Nancy R. Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Watch SeminarStatistical Models for Single Cell RNA Sequencing

31 October 2016
Joseph C. Cappelleri PhD, Senior Director of Statistics, Pfizer, Inc. and Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics at Brown University

 Watch Seminar: "Applying the Rasch Model to Validate and Interpret a Kidney Symptom Index for Patients with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

17 October 2016
Erin E. Gabriel, PhD, Mathematical Statistician, Biostatistics Research Branch, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Seminar: "Augmented Trial Designs for Evaluation of Principal Surrogates"

26 September 2016
Russell (Taki) Shinohara, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

 Seminar: "New Insights and Biomarkers from Statistical Analysis of MRI in MS"

 

 

AY 2015-16 Statistical Seminars

15 April 2016 - A Data Science Initiative Lectureship co-sponsored with the Brown's Department of Mathematics
Gunnar Carlsson, PhD, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University, Co-founder, Ayasdi

Watch this Lecture:   "Topology and the Big Data Problem

11 April 2016
Sherri Rose, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School 

Seminar: "A Robust Machine-Learning Approach for Variable Importance in Health Spending"

4 April 2016
Daniel Scharfstein, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Seminar:  "Inference in Randomized Trials with Death and Missingness

21 March 2016
Qunhua Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Pennsylvania State University

Watch Seminar: "Assessing Effects of Influencing Factors on the Reproducibility  of High-Throughput Experiments"

14 March 2016
Raghu Ramakrishnan, PhD, CTO for Data and Technical Fellow in the Cloud & Enterprise Division, Microsoft

Watch this Lecture: Big Data at Microsoft

23 November 2015

Elizabeth Ogburn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University

Watch this Seminar:  "Causal and Statistical Inference with Social Network Data:  Massive challenges and meager progress

2 November 2015
Elizabeth S. Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor
Medical Science and Health Services, Policy and Practice Brown University

Seminar:  "Analyzing Tobacco Use and Family History Documentation in the Electronic Health Record" 

 

19 October 2015
Byron Wallace, PhD, Assistant Professor
School  of Information University of Texas at Austin 

Watch this Seminar Seminar: "Automating evidence synthesis via machine learning and natural language processing"
 

5 October 2015
Forrest W. Crawford, PhD, Assistant Professor
Yale School of Public Health and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Watch this Seminar: "Learning about hidden networks by tracing links: statistical approaches for network-based social epidemiology and public health."

 

 

 

AY 2014-15 Statistical Seminars

 

1 December 2014- Starr Lectureship

 Joshua Salomon, PhD, Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Lecture: "On the Use of Evidence for Priority-Setting in Global Health”

14 November 2014- Starr Lectureship
Dan W. Brock, PhD, Professor of Medical Ethics, Emeritus, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Harvard Medical School 

Listen to this Lecture: "Ethical Issues in the Use of Cost-effectiveness Analysis in  the Prioritization of Health Care Resources"
 

17 November 2014

Gert van Valkenhoef, PhD, Post Doctoral Researcher University Medical Center Groningen 

Seminar: "Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) for Drug Benefit-Risk Assessment"

10 November 2014

Rob Kass, PhD, Professor - Department of Statistics, Department of Machine Learning and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar: "Inferences about Neural Networks from Bayesian Control of False Discoveries: The Case of Synchrony Detection"

3 November 2014- Starr Lectureship
 R. Scott Braithwaite, MD, MSc, FACP, Professor, Department of Population Health New York University School of Medicine

Lecture: "Using Decision Modeling to Help Inform the World Health Organization: 2013 HIV Guidelines"

 

20 October 2014 

Martin Lindquist, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University

Listen to this Seminar:  "Functional Causal Mediation Analysis with an Application to Brain Connectivity"

 

6 October 2014 - Starr Lectureship

David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, The University of Chicago

Lecture:  "Redesign of Care for Patients at High Risk of Hospitalization in a Reforming U.S. Healthcare System: Rationale for a CMMI Innovation Challenge Project"

 

1 October 2014

 Andrew Gelman, PhD, Professor of Statistics and Political Science, Columbia University

Seminar: "Causality and Statistical Learning"

 

29 September 2014 - Starr Lectureship

Dimitris Bertsimas, PhD, Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lecture: "Health Care Analytics"

 

22 September 2014

Min-ge Xie, PhD, Professor, Department of Statistics, Rutgers University

Seminar: "Meta Analysis by Confidence Distribution - A Unified Approach and Beyond"

 

AY 2013 - 14 Statistical Seminars 

May 2, 2014

Timothy D. Johnson, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health

April 21, 2014

Florentina Bunea, PhD, Professor, Department of Statisticical Sciences, Cornell University

 

April 21, 2014

C. M. COLVER LECTURESHIP

 Ji Zhu, PhD, Professor of Statistics and EECS, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan

Lecture:  "On Consistency of Community Detection in Networks"

 

April 14, 2014

C. M. COLVER LECTURESHIP

Xihong Lin, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health

Lecture:  "Statistical Genetics and Genomics in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and Challenges in Research and Training"

April 7, 2014

C. M. COLVER LECTURESHIP

Brian S. Caffo, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Listen to this Lecture:  "Teaching Statistics for the Future, the MOOC Revolution and Beyond"

March 31, 2014

Victor De Gruttalo, ScD, Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics and Department Chair, Harvard University School of Public Health

Seminar:  "Flexible Covariate Adjustment for Cluster-Randomized Trials"

March 3, 2014

C. M. COLVER LECTURESHIP

Hernando Ombao, PhD, Professor, Department of Statistics, University of California at Irvine

Listen to this Lecture:  "Modeling Cross-Oscillatory Interactions with Applications to Multivariate Brain Signals"

February 24, 2014

Michael J. Daniels, ScD, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Lecture:  "A Flexible Bayesian Approach to Monotone Missing Data in the Longituidinal Studies with Informative Missingness"

January 27, 2014

C. M. COLVER LECTURESHIP

Montserrat Fuentes, PhD, Professor and Head of Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University

Listen to this Lecture:  "Multivariate Spatial-temporal Model of Birth Defects and Ambient Air Pollution Risk Assessment"

January 13, 2014

Ian W. McKeague, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

 Listen to this Seminar:  "Is there a Needle in the Haystack? Marginal Screening and Non-Standard Asymptotics"

December 3, 2013

C. M. COLVER LECTURESHIP

David B. Dunson, PhD, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University

 Listen to this Lecture:  "Bayesian Learning from Big Data"

November 18 2013 

C. M. COLVER LECTURESHIP

Hongyu Zhao, PhD, Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics and Genetics, Yale University School of Public Health

Listen to this Lecture:  "Network Inference from High Dimensional Data"  See entire presentation here.

November 4 2013

Hongtu Zhu, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Listen to this Seminar:  "Spatial and Adaptive Models for Neuroimaging Data"  See Presentation

28 October 2013:

Dylan Small, PhD, Associate Professor of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Strategies for Using Imperfect Instrumental Variables for Causal Inference"

 

21 October 2013:

Hao Wu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Emory University

"A Novel Statistical Methods for Quantitative Comparison of Multiple ChIP-seq Datasets"

 

7 October 2013:

Brent Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Emory University

"Weighted Logrank Statistics for Marked Endpoints with Application to the Analysis of Lifetime Medical Cost"

30 September 2013:

Kun Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Connecticut

"Source-sink Reconstruction Through Regularized Multi-component Regression"

 

16 September 2013:

Debashis Modal, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Chicago

"Connecting Markov Random Fields with Geostatistical Models"