Statistical Computing Section changes name

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The Statistical Computing Section of the Royal Statistical Society will from now on be known as the Computational Statistics and Machine Learning Section.

The group is for all those interested in the use of computational science and technology in modern statistical analysis, the methodological development of statistical and machine learning algorithms and their application to modern statistics and data science.

Statement on RSS events in light of the coronavirus outbreak

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In light of the most recent  UK government guidance, The Royal Statistical Society has closed its Errol Street building in London until further notice. 

All RSS events and training courses at Errol Street have been cancelled or postponed up until the end of June.

In addition, organisers of RSS events being held elsewhere are being cancelled, postponed or (if feasible) moved to online participation only.

Please refer to our events calendar which we are striving to keep as up-to-date as possible.

Event organisers will keep registered attendees informed of the postponement or cancellation of their events.

Please note that our plans for the RSS 2020 Conference in Bournemouth in September have not changed and we are still seeking submissions and registration is open.

As this is an evolving situation, we will update the statement in the event of government guidance changing.

Last updated at 12:45, 25 March 2020.

Mark Girolami joins speaker line-up for RSS 2020 Conference

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Mark Girolami, the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge, has been added to the keynote speakers for the Royal Statistical Society’s International Conference taking place in Bournemouth this September.

His talk ‘Digital Twins: The Sense and Statistics’ will describe the pivotal role Statistical Science is playing in making contemporary industrial innovations, such as the coupling via measured data of a system with a computer model, a reality.

Chris Skinner 1953-2020

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We are deeply saddened to hear the news that RSS fellow Professor Chris Skinner has recently died.

Chris was a professor of statistics at the London School of Economics whose research focused on statistical aspects of survey methodology. He had authored over 80 peerreviewed articles in statistical journals as well as coediting two influential books on the analysis of survey data.

Statistical Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Industry Award launched 

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Nominations are being sought for the 2020 Award for Statistical Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Industry, jointly run by the Royal Statistical Society and Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PSI). The award celebrates successful application of existing/innovative statistical practices in the pharmaceutical industry.

Nominees can be based anywhere in the world and do not need to be a member of PSI or the RSS. The award will be presented at the Annual PSI Conference which will be held in Barcelona 7-10 June 2020.  

RSS unveils Florence Nightingale bicentenary celebration plans

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This year, the RSS is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Born on 12 May 1820, Florence Nightingale was the first female member of the RSS, having joined the Society (then the London Statistical Society) in 1858, just two years after her return from the Crimean War. She remained a member until her death over 50 years later.

While Nightingale is best known worldwide for revolutionising nursing and healthcare through her campaigning for health reform, her far-reaching recommendations were based on impressive statistical work and popularised through pioneering data visualisation.

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