NSF Conference

Statistics for Complex Systems

June 1-2, 2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research

Madison, Wisconsin

NSF Conference Abstracts

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Conference Location

All activities will be in H.F. DeLuca Forum,
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) Street Address: 330 N. Orchard, Madison 53715 (check campus map)


Madison airport: Dane County regional airport (airport code: MSN) Street Address: 4000 International Lane
Madison, WI 53704

Close International Airport: Chicago
O'Hare International Airport (airport code: ORD)
Street Address: 10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666

Shuttle bus
between O'Hare International Airport and Madison campus (about 4 blocks from the bus stop to hotels)


Wisconsin Union Hotel
University of Wisconsin-Madison (in Union South cross street from WID) Street Address: 1308 W.
Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715 Phone: (608) 263-2600

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison


Lot 20 (University Avenue Ramp) Lot 17 (Engineering Ramp) Lot 80 (Union South Garage)

Invited Speakers

Peter Bickel- University of California at Berkeley
Tony Cai- University of Pennsylvania
Brad Carlin- University of Minnesota
Xiaohong Chen- Yale University
Dennis Cook- University of Minnesota
Richard Davis- Columbia University
Jianqing Fan- Princeton University
Xuming He- University of Michigan
Samuel Kou- Havard University
Richard Samworth- Cambridge University
Johannes Schmidt-Hieber - University of Leiden
Rebecca Willett- University of Wisconsin-Madison
Boaz Nadler- Weizmann Institute of Science
Cun-Hui Zhang- University of Rutgers
Harrison Zhou- Yale University


Monday, June 1, 2015

8:00-9:00 Registration and Refreshment

Welcome Session: Chair Yazhen Wang

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks by Brad Schwartz, CEO Morgridge Institute for Research

Session 1: Chair Grace Wahba

9:15-10:00 Peter Bickel University of California at Berkeley

Fitting Block Models and Approximating General Exchangeable Models

10:00-10:45 Tony Cai University of Pennsylvania

Confidence Intervals for High-Dimensional Linear Regression: Minimaxity and Adaptability

10:45-11:15 Coffee Break

Session 2: Chair Bruce Hansen

11:15-12:00 Xiaohong Chen Yale University

Optimal Sup-norm Rates, Adaptivity and Inference in Nonparametric Instrumental Variables Regression

12:00-1:30 Lunch(catering)

Session 3: Chair Ming Yuan

1:30-2:15 Richard Samworth Cambridge University

Random Projection Ensemble Classification

2:15-3:00 Harrison Zhou Yale University

Achieving Optimal Misclassification Proportion in Stochastic Block Model

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break

Session 4: Chair Karl Rohe

3:15-4:00 Dennis Cook University of Minnesota

Envelopes: Methods for Improving Efficiency in Multivariate Statistics

4:00-4:45 Xuming He University of Michigan

Bivariate Quantile and Statistical Downscaling for Climate Projections

5:00-5:45 Poster Session Preparation

6:00-7:00 Conference Banquet

7:00-8:30 Poster Session

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

8:30-9:00 Refreshment

Session 5: Chair Christina Kendziorski

9:00-9:45 Brad Carlin University of Minnesota

Bayesian Adaptive Clinical Trial Methods for Incorporating Auxiliary Data and Identifying Interesting Subgroups, with Application to Orphan Diseases

9:45-10:30 Samuel Kou Havard University

Fast Analysis of Dynamic Systems via Gaussian Emulator

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

Session 6: Chair Chunming Zhang

10:45-11:30 Boaz Nadler Weizmann Institute of Science

Unsupervised Ranking and Ensemble Learning

11:30-12:15 Rebecca Willett University of Wisconsin-Madison

Minimax Rates for Poisson Compressed Sensing

12:15-1:30 Lunch(catering)

Session 7: Chair Michael Newton

1:30-2:15 Jianqing Fan Princeton University

TAC for General Sparse Learning: Simultaneous Control of Algorithmic Complexity and Statistical Error

2:15-3:00 Richard Davis Columbia University

Theory and Inference for a Class of Nonlinear Models with Application to Time Series of Counts

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break

Session 8: Chair Sunduz Keles

3:15-4:00 Cun-Hui Zhang University of Rutgers

Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test for Normal Means

4:00-4:45 Johannes Schmidt-Hieber University of Leiden

Frequentist Properties of the Posterior for High-Dimensional Regression

Poster and Travel Award Application Form

Conference Committee

Yazhen Wang (Conference chair)
Christina Kendziorski
Ming Yuan