ISBIS Conference – Brock University – 2020

Conference Info

The Symposium is organized by the International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS), which is an international society that is dedicated to the promotion of business and industrial statistics worldwide. This is interpreted broadly and includes areas such as financial and health services among others. ISBIS is part of a family of international associations that operate under the umbrella of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). ISBIS promotes applications, research, and best current practices in business and industrial statistics, facilitates technology transfer, and fosters communications among members and practitioners worldwide.

The 2020 ISBIS Conference will take place on July 28-30, 2020 at Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada (20 km West of Niagara Falls). The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from across the world who use Statistics in business or industrial contexts. The conference focus is on recent advancements in methodology and as well as on best practices and innovative applications. The ISBIS conferences promote communication among researchers and practitioners to enable and ensure the development and widespread use of novel insights and methodology.

The conference program includes 4 keynote presentations and 2 half day courses which are all listed below.  The program also includes invited and contributed sessions, with an exciting half-day excursion to Niagara Falls included in the conference fee. Until March 1, we invite participants to submit invited session proposals which consist of several (typically 3) presentations on a related topic. The submission should include the title, a brief description of the topic, and the speakers in that session (which can include the organizer of the session). Next to these invited session proposals, you may  submit a title and abstract for a contributed session until March 1. Please indicate whether you prefer to give a presentation or present a poster but the SPC will make the final decision taking into account the number of submissions.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Stefan Steiner – Improving the Performance of Hospital Trauma Centers. (University of Waterloo)
  • Julie Beckley-Novak – Large-Scale Experimentation for Improving the Netflix Streaming Service. (Netflix)
  • Bonnie Ray – A Data Scientist Reads the News.  (Chartbeat)
  • Bianca Maria Colosimo – Images and 3D Point Clouds: Modelling and Monitoring with Applications to Advanced Manufacturing. (Politecnico di Milano)

Short Courses:

  • Rafal Kulik (University of Ottawa) on Financial Statistics
  • Vadim Sokolov (George Mason University) on Deep Learning

More information coming soon.

Brock University is situated in the Niagara region in the City of St. Catharines. Within an hour’s drive to the City Centre of Toronto and 20-minute drive to Niagara Falls. Known as the “Garden City,” St. Catharines is surrounded by lush orchards and vineyards to the east and west and bordered by the Niagara Escarpment to the south and Lake Ontario to the north. Brock University sits on top of the beautiful Niagara escarpment and is the only Canadian university with the distinction of being part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Committees

Scientific Program Committee

  1. Farouk Nathoo, University of Victoria, Canada
  2. Ling Long Kong, University of Alberta, Canada
  3. Aleksey Polunchenko, University of South California, USA
  4. Galit Shmueli, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  5. Allison Jones-Farmer, Miami University, USA
  6. Beatriz Etchegaray Garcia, IBM, USA
  7. Rituparna Sen, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  8. Qihe Tang, University of New South Wales, Australia
  9. Pieter Riaan De Jongh, North-West University, South Africa
  10. Syed Ejaz Ahmed, Brock University, Canada (co-chair SPC)
  11. Martina Vandebroek, KU Leuven, Belgium (chair SPC)

Organizing Committee

Updated coming soon.

Important dates:

  • March 1, 2020: deadline for submission of invited session proposals (information on organizer, topic and the names of 3 speakers)
  • March 1, 2020: deadline for submission of contributed papers and posters (title and abstract)
  • March 15, 2020: notification of acceptance of invited session proposals
  • April 1, 2020: notification of acceptance of contributed papers and posters
  • April 1, 2020: deadline for submission of title and abstract of invited session papers
  • April 30, 2020: end of early bird registration fee

There are two forms available in this section. We invite participants to submit invited session proposals which consist of several (typically 3) presentations on a related topic. The submission should include the title, a brief description of the topic, and the speakers in that session (which can include the organizer of the session). Next to these invited session proposals, you may submit a title and abstract for a contributed presentation or poster until March 1. Please indicate whether you prefer to give a presentation or present a poster but the SPC will make the final decision taking into account the number of submissions.

1.  Invited session proposal submission form

2.  Contributed abstract submission form

Registration Fees:

$600 CAD  for ISBIS members from developed countries/non-ISBIS members from developing countries

$400 CAD  for students and ISBIS members from developing countries

$750 CAD  for non-ISBIS members from developed countries

The conference registration fee includes an excursion to lovely Niagara Falls as well as 3 breakfasts,  redeemable lunch vouchers (3 x $15), Catered Opening Reception and a Conference Banquet dinner.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $150 CAD price increase if booked after April 30, 2020 (30/4/2020)  Book early to earn the best possible rate. 

 

Rate for accompanying guest.

$300 CAD for accompanying people including breakfast, lunch, reception dinner, tour with 13% tax included

Cancellations:

Cancellations received on or before (30 days out from first day of conference) will receive a refund, minus a $50 CAD cancellation fee.

Cancellations received on or before (14 days out from the first day of the conference) will receive a refund, minus a 60% of total registration cancellation fee.

Cancellations received after (14 days out from the first day of the conference) are not eligible for a refund.

Campus Map:

Arrive at Brock Campus:

Upon arrival to campus choose the Glenridge entrance (it has a roundabout just after you turn in) for standard check-ins. Conferences may have special check-in instructions, please consult with your group organizer. Follow the signs that say “Accommodation Check-In”. While you check-in, you may park outside the front of the Conference Centre. After checking in place the parking pass provided on your dash and park in your assigned lot.

 

Directions from Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto

From Highway 401 West, take 403 South to the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW) in the direction of Niagara Falls. Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way around the lake, then Southeast to St. Catharines. Take exit 49, which will lead you onto Highway 406. Continue until you reach St. David’s Road. Take the St. David’s Road West Exit and follow until you reach Sir Isaac Brock Way.

Directions from Hamilton Airport

Turn left on Airport Road. Turn left on Hwy. 6 (Upper James Street) and continue to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway (the ‘LINC’). Turn east on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway which will turn into the Red Hill Parkway. Take the Red Hill Parkway to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) east to Niagara Falls. At Exit 49, turn onto Highway 406 (towards Welland/Port Colborne) and continue until you reach St. David Road. Take the St. David’s Road West Exit and follow until you reach Sir Isaac Brock Way.

Directions from  Buffalo (Peace Bridge)

Cross the Peace bridge and then take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) towards Toronto. At Exit 32B, turn onto Thorold Stone Road West and continue through the Thorold Tunnel where the road becomes Highway 58. Take the St. David’s Road West exit and follow until you reach Sir Isaac Brock Way.

 

If you require travel from the Buffalo Airport or Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

Niagara Airbus is able to service your request.

Below are the approximate rates for one way travel from each destination.

Important Notice regarding accommodation bookings.

Brock University and Sheraton Four Point Hotels do not solicit reservations by phone or email. If you are contacted before booking your accommodations by either organization, we urge you to report them to the Organizing Committee at hmcfarlane@brocku.ca.  If you receive a call or email from any company offering to make hotel reservations for you during the conference period, we urge you to not book with them. These companies are not affiliated ISBIS or Brock University and Sheraton Four Point Hotels in any way and therefore are not authorized to make reservations on our behalf.  If you book with an unauthorized company, our organizations cannot protect you if there is a problem with your reservation when you arrive in St. Catharines Ontario.

 

ONSITE ACCOMMODATIONS:

Brock University Campus Accommodations

If you wish to reserve a room in Earp Residence, please do so by contacting Conference & Event Services at 905-688-5550 extension 4443 or by emailing hmcfarlane@brocku.ca.

Residence rates for Earp Residence:  $62.15 per person per night for shared accommodations

Earp Residence rooms are furnished with 1 single bed, desk, dresser and wardrobe. One 4-piece washroom is accessible from each of two adjoining single bedrooms. An elevator is in the residence lobby for convenient access to all floors.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

The Four Points by Sheraton St. Catharines Niagara Suites is located within walking
distance from Brock University and offers standard suites that include two double beds
or 1 queen with separate living room and kitchenette including microwave, counter,
sink and mini fridge. Wi-Fi and onsite parking are complimentary.

Hotel Accommodations – ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY June 12, 2020.  AFTER THIS DATE, ROOMS AND RATES ARE BASED ON AVAILABILITY

Four Points by Sheraton St. Catharines (across from Brock University)

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Book your group rate for ISBIS Conference 2020

Cancellation Policy

Hotel Accommodations:

Last Day to Cancel or Modify: Friday, July 10, 2020
14 Days Cancellation
4 Nights Minimum

Onsite Accommodations:

For a full refund, cancellations must be made 21 days prior to check in.  Reservations cancelled after this time are subject to a cancellation fee of $10.55 per person per day.

Scientific programming section coming soon!

To contact the ISBIS 2020 Conference team please email jsteepe@brocku.ca