The RSS has marked this year’s celebration of Volunteers’ Week (2-8 June 2019) by sharing our volunteers’ experiences of the work they are doing for the Society. Volunteers’ Week is the annual celebration of volunteers and the contributions they make to organisations and communities across the UK.
Read case studies of two organisations that have benefitted from our Statisticians for Society initiative.
Former RSS president and Alan Turing Institute chief executive, Adrian Smith, has joined other leaders from business, academia and data privacy organisations on an independent expert committee created to help boost the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) in the UK.
The committee, which also includes Ocado’s chief technology officer Paul Clarke, Patricia Hodgson from the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and UKRI chief executive Mark Walport, will look at the skills, ethics and data needed for the UK to make the most of AI technologies.
Former RSS president David Hand has been awarded the Research Medal from the International Federation of Classification Societies.
The award was given in recognition of David's 'fundamental contributions to the advancement of Classification, Clustering, Multivariate Statistics, Computational Statistics and the foundations of Statistics.'
Our June magazine is out now in digital formats. In this issue we consider the legacy of Francis Galton, statistical pioneer and eugenicist. How should we best commemorate Galton's statistical achievements while not downplaying or overlooking his disturbing views on race?
Also in this issue, as the Cricket World Cup begins, we delve into the history and development of a game-changing statistical idea: the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The UK government’s Department for Work and Pensions has agreed to the creation of new experimental poverty statistics based upon the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) new poverty metric (PDF) which takes into account factors such as assets and 'inescapable costs' that can affect people's spending power.
The announcement came just in advance of a report from the UN Special Rapporteur which recommended the government adopt the Social Metrics Commission measure of poverty.
Professor Dave Woods has been announced as Programme Chair for the RSS 2020 International Conference which will take place in Bournemouth from 7-10 September 2020.
Dave is head of statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton and deputy director of the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute. He is also a Turing Fellow at the Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. His research interests focus on the design and analysis of both physical and computer experiments, Bayesian methods, and the application of statistics to science and technology. Much of his work is interdisciplinary and involves collaborations with researchers from other disciplines, and with government and industry.