Workshop on Data-Driven Mathematical & Statistical Modeling for Graduate Students (virtual)

July 12-16, 2021
(virtual, via Zoom)


This five-day virtual workshop will introduce graduate students to topics in mathematical and statistical modeling that are needed to carry out advanced research in a data-driven context. Important aspects of model formulation and selection, parameter estimation, sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification, including synergies with machine learning, will be covered in a series of mini-tutorials. The tutorials will include projects that participants will work on in groups, presenting their results on the final day of the workshop. Researchers from outside of academia (national labs, government agencies, industry) will present a series of case studies demonstrating how advanced mathematical and statistical research is used to address problems in these sectors. The workshop will also include a set of career development activities and professional development panel discussions. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the skills needed to address mathematical and statistical problems in a data rich context whether in academia, government, or industry.


Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a US-based mathematics, statistics (or related) graduate program. Participants are expected to have access to high-speed internet and a computer with R and/or Matlab. Participants must also make a commitment to participate in the full workshop.

Application Deadline was May 31, 2021

Tentative Schedule:

Monday July 12th

9:30-9:45      Opening & Introductions

9:45-10:00     Overview of Workshop

10:00-11:00   Tutorial#1

11:15-12:15      Tutorial#2

12:15-1:30      Break

1:30-3:30         A2i Strength Training (professional development) Workshop
Dr. Joe Aldinger (Director) & Morgan Dalman (Program Assistant), Accelerate to Industry (A2i), NCSU

3:30-4:00      Break

4:00-5:00      Tutorial#3

Tuesday July 13th

10:00-11:00   Tutorial#4

11:00-11:30    Initial Team Meetings

11:45-12:45     Case Study#1

12:45-1:30       Break

1:30-2:30        Case Study#2

2:40-3:40        Case Study#3

4:00-5:00       Panel on Careers in National Labs & Govt. Agencies

Wednesday July 14th

9:30-12:00 Working Session on Projects in Teams

12:00-1:30 Break

1:30-2:30         Panel on Careers in Industry

2:30-3:30         Working Session on Projects in Teams

3:30-4:00         Team Progress Updates

4:00-5:00         Panel on Careers in Academia Featuring Junior Faculty

Thursday July 15th

9:30-12:00     Working Session on Projects in Teams

12:00-1:30      Break

1:30-2:30        Hot Topic Lecture

2:30-4:00        Working Session on Projects in Teams

4:00-4:30        Team Progress Updates

Friday July 16th

10:00-12:30   Final Working Session on Projects in Teams

12:30-1:30       Break

1:30-2:30         Team 1 and Team 2 Final Presentations

2:30-3:00        Break

3:00-4:00        Team 3 and Team 4 Final Presentations

4:00                  Closing Remarks & Adjourn