Program and Abstracts of 2014 COTS

Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
March 21-22, 2014

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Friday March 21, 2014
Noon-1:00 pm Registration
Founders Building (FO), 2ndFloor Atrium
1:00-1:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks
Kusch Auditorium, Founders North Building (FN), 2.102
Invited Talks
Kusch Auditorium, FN, 2.102
1:30-2:20 Joan Staniswalis, UTEP
“Low-Dimensional Approximations for Functional Data with Covariates”
2:30-3:20 Yulia Gel, UTD
“The Role of Modern Social Media Data in Surveillance and Prediction of
Infectious Diseases: from Time Series to Networks”
3:30-4:00 Break
(FO, 2ndFloor Atrium)
4:00-4:50 Peter Thall, MD Anderson
“Bayesian Clinical Trial Design: 23 Years of Theory and Practice”
5:00-5:45 COTS Business Meeting
Kusch Auditorium, FN, 2.102
5:30-6:30 Student Poster Session
FO, 3rdFloor Atrium
Social Hour
FO, 2ndFloor Atrium
6:30-8:30 Buffet Dinner & Don Owen Award
FO, 2ndFloor Atrium

Saturday March 22, 2014
8:15-8:45 Open Poster Session
FO, 3rdFloor Atrium
Invited Talks
Kusch Auditorium, FN, 2.102
8:50-9:10 Pradeep Ravikumar, UT-Austin
“Learning Graphs with a Few Hubs”
9:15-9:35 Michael Schweinberger, Rice
“Local Dependence in Random Graph Models:
Characterization, Properties, and Statistical Inference”
9:40-10:00 Leif Ellingson, TTU
“Nonparametric Estimation of the Extrinsic Mean Shape of Planar Contours”
10:05-10:25 Bhargab Chattophadyay, UTD
“Sample Size for Estimation of Coefficient of Variation with Minimum Risk”
10:25-10:50 Break
FO, 2ndFloor Atrium
10:50-11:10 Qiongxia Song, UTD
“Jump Detection in Time Series Nonparametric Regression Models: a Polynomial
Spline Approach”
11:15-11:35 Xinlei (Sherry) Wang, SMU
“Bayesian Joint Modeling for Integrative Gene Set Enrichment Analysis Involving
11:40-12:00 Swati Biswas, UTD
“Detecting Rare Haplotype-Environment Interaction with Logistic Bayesian LASSO”
12:05-12:25 Min Chen, UTD
“Detecting Epistatic SNPs Associated with Complex Diseases via a Bayesian
Classification Tree Search Method”
12:30-12:40 Closing Remarks

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