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2014 Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Irene Vrbik, the winner of the 2014 Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled Non-Elliptical and Fractionally-Supervised Classification (University of Guelph). Hsin-Hsiung Huang received honorable mention this year for his dissertation Information extraction for Virus Classification and Robust Dimension Reduction (University of Illinois at Chicago).

The Classification Society each year offers an award for an outstanding PhD dissertation on the theme of clustering, classification, related areas of data analysis, encompassing both associated theory and/or applications. The 2014 Award was US $500 in book vouchers from Chapman and Hall/CRC and an invited presentation at the CS Annual Meeting. Watch this page for announcements of the next call for nominations.

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Officer election in progress

This year elections are being held for three offices: President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Board of Directors.

The election will be conducted via the web, and you have until June 1, 2015 to complete the online ballot. The Classification Society uses a variant of the Hare system for electing officers, as described in the bylaws linked from the main web page.

Details and instructions can be found at http://www.classification-society.org/clsoc/election2015/.

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European Mathematical Psychology Group Meeting, September 1-3, Padua, Italy

European Mathematical Psychology Group Meeting 2015

Call for Papers

You are cordially invited to attend the European Mathematical Psychology Group Meeting 2015 (EMPG 2015), held at the University of Padua, Italy, from Tuesday, September 01, 2015 until Thursday, September 03, 2015.

Proposals for paper and poster presentations as well as proposals for symposia related to all aspects of mathematical psychology are welcome. Relevant topics include:

  • perception and psychophysics
  • models of cognition and learning
  • knowledge structures
  • measurement and scaling
  • psychometrics
  • computational methods
  • statistical methods
  • mathematical models

Invited speakers:

  • Richard Shiffrin
  • Eric-Jan Wagenmakers

Invited Symposia:

  • Symposium in memoriam Patrick Suppes

Abstract submission will open 20 April and close 15 May 2015.

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IFCS 2015, July 6-8, Bologna

The 2015 conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS) will be held at the University of Bologna, Italy, from July 6th to July 8th, 2015.

The conference will include a president’s invited session and a presidential address, key note presentations, invited presentations, invited and contributed symposia, and oral and poster presentations. Details on the meeting can be found at https://ifcs.boku.ac.at/_conference/index.php/ifcs2015/ifcs2015.

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Call for nominations: Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometric Methods and Applications

2015 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Rohlf Medal

The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a longtime Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in their body of work on the development of new morphometric methods or for their applications in the biomedical sciences, including evolutionary biology, population biology, physical anthropology, and medicine. The term ‘morphometrics’ is intended to include high-dimensional pattern analyses of biological shape, especially those that analyze shape in a comprehensive way, or of covariation of shape with other variables. The award can recognize advances in the mathematical or statistical theory underlying morphometric methods, new software that implements or visualizes new methods, or specific new biological findings that rely crucially on contemporary morphometric methods and represent major advances.

Candidates for the Rohlf Medal may be self-nominated or nominated by others. They must possess a Ph.D. degree or the equivalent.

The winning candidate must agree to attend the award ceremony in person in order to accept the Rohlf Medal and then deliver the award lecture.

Nomination packages should include,

  1. a description of the body of work (not to exceed two pages) on which the candidacy is based,
  2. reprints of no more than three relevant papers and/or software products,
  3. a curriculum vitae, and
  4. the names and addresses of three referees.

Nominating packages should be uploaded to the Rohlf Medal website (http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/rohlf_medal/apply.html) and received by 5 pm, EST, 15 July 2015 to be assured of full consideration.

The successful candidate will receive the Rohlf Medal and a cash prize at Stony Brook University, planned for October 26th, 2015. She or he will deliver a lecture that is appropriate for a broad audience, ranging from the exact sciences to the humanities, concerning the morphometric methodology, software, or findings for which the Rohlf Medal was awarded.

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Classification Society Meeting, June 3-6, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Registration is now open for the 2015 Classification Society meeting, June 3-6, at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Details are available on the website http://ms.mcmaster.ca/~paul/cs2015/. In addition to information on registration,the website includes information about accommodations and preliminary details of invited sessions.

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Classification Society Election Results

Thanks to all our members who voted, and congratulations to our new officers: Past President Rebecca Nugent, President Douglas Steinley, President-Elect Herbie Lee, and Directors Abby Flynt, Stephen France, and Paul McNicholas. Directors Stan Sclove and Fionn Murtagh will serve through the remainder of this year, and Ahmed Albatineh and Beth Ayers will serve as Director and Secretary/Treasurer (respectively) through 2015.

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Distinguished Dissertation Award Nomination deadline extended

Nominations for the The Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award are invited until August 21, 2014. See http://www.classification-society.org/clsoc/dissaward2014.php for more details.

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Officer election in progress

This year elections are being held for two offices: President-Elect and Board of Directors.

The election will be conducted via the web, and you have until June 30, 2014 to complete the online ballot. The Classification Society uses a variant of the Hare system for electing officers, as described in the bylaws linked from the main web page.

Details and instructions can be found at http://www.classification-society.org/clsoc/election2014/.

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European Conference on Data Analysis, July 2-4, 2014, Bremen, Germany.

The conference is organised in co-operation with the Classification and Data Analysis Group of the Italian Statistical Society (SIS-CLADAG), the Vereniging boor Ordinatie en Classificatie (VOC), the Sekcjy Klasyfikacji i Analizy Danych PTS (SKAD) and the International Association of Statistical Computing (IASC).

The scientific program of the conference will include invited sessions and contributed presentations covering a broad range of topics. Special emphasis will be laid on research on and development of innovative tools, techniques and strategies that address current challenges in the data analysis process. More information can be found at http://ecda2014.eu/.

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