Thursday, February 20, 2014

#104. Invited session at ERCIM'14

I am in charge of organizing an invited* session on the topic Fuzzy sets in mainstream Statistics for the 7th International Conference of the ERCIM Working Group on Computational and Methodological Statistics (Pisa, Italy, 6-8 December 2014).

*In the ERCIM language, it is actually an organized session, since there is a very reduced number of `specially special' sessions which are termed invited sessions.

The deadline for abstract submission will be June or July 2014. The conference website should be launched within a few days, so I will be updating the information and providing links in the future.

Please feel free to send an expression of interest to me. Relevant topics are
-Applications of fuzzy sets to problems in ordinary (meaning non-fuzzy) Statistics.
-Reinterpreting statistical methods in a fuzzy way.


A comment on the ERCIM conference is appropriate. ERCIM stands for European Research Consortium on Informatics and Mathematics. The conference has grown impressively in the last years (currently, about 400 people attending, plus other 800 for the International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics that takes place simultaneously), but it still keeps a number of exotic features from its origin as a `working group meeting'.

1) It is organized top-down. For instance, the main organizers allocated three invited sessions for the track Imprecision in statistical data analysis, whose leader Ángeles Gil decided to offer one to me (Thanks!) Now I am responsible for the topic choice and for the people who gets invited to submit. Top-down.

2) Contributors are not required to submit a paper version of their presentation (`working group meeting' spirit). In some countries, book-of-abstracts-instead-of-proceedings means second rate conference. In some countries, contribution-by-invitation means coveted bonus (specially for young researchers trying to set themselves apart from the pack). In any case, no publication means you just make a presentation and are nominally free, if you so wish, to use your content and slides at another conference or paper without incurring in self-plagiarism (just don't plagiarize your title and abstract!)

3) The journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis uses the ERCIM as a platform to attract papers for specific special issues. The topics change each year. Although, ERCIM papers are not at all handled loosely by the journal: one paper of mine was initially sent out to three reviewers by the guest editors, then to a fourth by the editor-in-chief, even though all three reviews were detailed and positive.

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