SAMSI-SAVI Workshop on Environmental Statistics – March 4-6, 2013


This workshop was held in Research Triangle Park, NC.


This was the first workshop held at SAMSI under the SAMSI-SAVI program that is joint with several mathematical and statistical institutes in India. The invited speakers included researchers from both the United States and India. The objective of the workshop was to establish common research interests within the field of environmental statistics, and to discuss possible future directions of collaboration between the two countries. The workshop ran from the morning of March 4 until midday on March 6, and included open discussions and a poster session.

Schedule and Supporting Media

Monday, March 4, 2013
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Introduction and Welcome Richard Smith (SAMSI) and Bimal Roy (ISI)
Session 1: Sampling Methods
9:15-10:00 Nonparametric Estimation of Benchmark Doses in Environmental Risk Assessment Walter Piegorsch, University of Arizona  
10:00-10:45 Ranked Set Sampling in Environmental Statistics Jayant V.Deshpande, IISER, Pune  
10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Renewable Energy and Hot Spot Geoinformatics: Challenges for Statistical Analysis of Data on Smooth Manifolds Ashis Sengupta, ISI, Kolkata
12:00-1:30 Lunch
Session 2: High-Dimensional Data
1:30-2:15 Independent Component Analysis and Robust Clustering Related to Pollution and Astronomical Data Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay, University of Calcutta  
2:15-3:00 Massive Data Set Analysis for NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Amy Braverman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 Breakout Session 1
4:30-6:30 Poster Session and Reception

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
Session 3: Human Health Effects
9:00-9:45 Bayesian Non-linear Regression for the Air Pollution Effects on Daily Clinic Visits in Small Areas of Taiwan Atanu Biswas, ISI, Kolkata  
9:45-10:30 Effect of Noise Pollution on School Children in Kolkata Gopal Basak, ISI, Kolkata
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Bayesian Multivariate Spatial-temporal Model for Birth Defects and Ambient Air Pollution Risk Assessment Montserrat Fuentes, North Carolina State University  
11:45-1:15 Lunch
Session 4: Pollution
1:15-2:00 Robust Inference for Generalized Partially Linear Mixed Models Subject to Censoring and Missing Covariates – An Application to Arctic Data Analysis Kalyan Das, University of Calcutta  
2:00-2:45 Modeling Space-Time Variation in the Satellite-Derived Chlorophyll Index Over Southern India Petrutza Caragea, Iowa State University  
2:45-3:15 Spatio-temporal modelling for air pollution Sujit Sahu, University of Southampton  
3:15-4:00 Modelling Arsenic Contamination in Ground Water of West Bengal and Bangladesh Bimal Roy, ISI, Kolkata  
4:00-5:00 Breakout Session 2

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
Session 5: Spatial Statistics and Bayesian Methods
9:00-9:45 Regional Climate Model Assessment Using Statistical Upscaling and Downscaling Techniques Veronica Berrocal, University of Michigan  
9:45-10:30 Defining Spatial Comparison Metrics for Evaluation of Paleoclimatic Field Reconstructions of the Common Era Bo Li, Purdue University  
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Improving Crop Model Inference through Bayesian Melding with Spatially-Varying Parameters Andrew Finley, Michigan State University  
11:45-12:00 Concluding Remarks
12:00-1:00 Lunch