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British Classification Society

The British Classification Society is advancing Data Science for over 50 years, in all domains of scholarship and learning, with wide-ranging impact. The British Classification Society exists to encourage the co-operation and exchange of views and information among those interested in principles and practice of classification in any discipline where they are used. Its membership includes anthropologists, archaeologists, astronomers, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, forensic scientists, geologists, information specialists, librarians, psychologists, soil scientists and statisticians. The Society organises meetings, some by itself, but often jointly with societies representing application areas for classification.

Our Members on TV, Radio, or in the Media.

  1. Boris Mirkin, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck, University of London.
    A YouTube, 39 minutes, show with Boris. This is the film "A measurer of luck/ Measurement of luck" by Dmitry Zavilgelsky. The main character is Boris; or rather his lifestyle, with a background of old Russian documentaries about artificial intelligence after Alan Turing. All is in Russian. Here is a description, in English of all that is here: a short text file. [Date of this information: 2017-11-4.]

News: Upcoming Conferences, and Positions

  1. ECDA 2019, European Conference on Data Analysis, Bayreuth, Germany, 18-20 March 2019. Abstract submission: December 1, 2018; Early registration deadline: January 15, 2019.

  2. 62nd ISI - International Statistical Institute - World Statistics Congress, 18-23 August 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  3. IFCS 2019, 16th Conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies, 26-29 August 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece. April 15, 2019: Deadline for abstract submission; April 15, 2019: Deadline for early bird registration.

Previous Events or Other Information

  1. Funded PhD studentships, University of Huddersfield. Submission deadline, 3 July 2018, for UK/EU applicants. On that web page, see "Visit our site for details". Then see these, Prof. Fionn Murtagh, "Mathematical Foundations of Optical Nano and Micro Mass Spectroscopy". Prof. William Lee, "Mathematical Modelling of Coffee Brewing".
  2. IFCS, EuADS and Essex Conference on Data Science: Analytics, Education and Industry 24-26 September 2018, STEM building University of Essex, Colchester, UK. [Not to take place.]
  3. ECDA 2018, European Conference on Data Analysis, Paderborn, Germany, 4-6 July, 2018. Call for papers, please note that the Abstract submission deadline is 1 April 2018. The British Classification Society is a Partner Organization of ECDA.
  4. SLDS 2018, 4th International Symposium on Statistical Learning and Data Science, 11-13 July 2018, SciencesPo, Paris, France. Paper submission deadline, 16 March 2018. The British Classification Society is a Partner Organization of SLDS 2018. [Not to take place.]
  5. A postdoc position, from Jan. 2018, information from Dr Daniel Stamate (Email: d.stamate AT gold DOT ac DOT uk).
    There are almost 1 million people in UK living with dementia. There is currently no cure, and the condition has higher health and social care costs than cancer, stroke and chronic heart disease, taken together. Current thinking suggests that 35% of cases of dementia could be prevented. Our new research project funded by Alzheimer's Research UK on predicting risk of dementia https://lnkd.in/euevCRj, which will be developed at University of Manchester (leading institution) and Goldsmiths, University of London, got coverage from BBC Breakfast on 21st Sept 2017. Daniel Stamate from Goldsmiths, University of London, is leading the Artificial Intelligence - Machine Learning aspect of the 2-year study. One of the research project's outcome is a tool which could predict risk of dementia and identify people with a greater risk to receive tailored help in reducing their dementia risk. The machine learning predictive modelling will be developed in the Data Science & Soft Computing Lab and we will hire a machine learning postdoctoral researcher from Jan. 2018. Interested applicants can contact Daniel Stamate for more details. Manchester will lead the statistical modelling and the medical validation aspects.
    Details for application, submission deadline, 23 Feb. 2018.

Recent Announcements and Past News

  1. IFCS 2017, Conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies, Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan. August 8-10, 2017. See this link for the Call for Papers. The British Classification Society is organising a session at IFCS 2017. Please contact Fionn Murtagh, Secretary, British Classification Society, for any further details.
    Extended: the deadline of the early bird registration and the abstract submission, now 30 April, 2017.

    Message from IFCS 2017 chairperson, 6 July 2017: "Number of registered researchers is near to 300. We closed the registration on the web site on 30, June, 2017, however several researchers asked us for registering on the web site. We now re-open this web registration with on site fee by 31, July, 2017."

  2. NCUP, National Conference of University Professors, Seminar on Research Excellence and Publishing, 3 April 2017, 09:30-16:30, King's College London. Speakers include Fionn Murtagh. Registration is on the NCUP web page.

  3. Royal Statistical Society Discussion Meeting, Wednesday 12 April 2017, tea, coffee from 16:30: Andrew Gelman, Christian Hennig, "Beyond subjective and objective in statistics". Participation and contribution to the discussion are welcome. Preprint available to download.

  4. Research Fellow position, in the Faculty of Science, at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This is basically a postdoc appointment with a higher than usual salary. The contract will be 2 years, with two courses teaching per year and an annual salary of $64,000. For information on this, please contact Prof. Paul McNicholas.

  5. For ECDA 2017, see the following, I need to have the following information by early March: (i) speakers, to propose, who would be excellent candidates for plenary and semi plenary sessions; and (ii) organizers, to propose, of dedicated sessions. This will be on behalf of the British Classification Society at this conference. Please let me, Fionn Murtagh, know of any proposals.

  6. ECDA 2017: Following the hosting by the British, German and Polish Classification Societies of ECDA 2015, see below, the British Classification Society is jointly hosting ECDA 2017, Fourth European Conference on Data Analysis, 27-29 September 2017, Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland.
    Call for Papers.

    (IMPORTANT DATES: Registration and submission of abstracts starts: March 1, 2017. Abstract submission deadline: June 10, 2017. Notification of abstract acceptance: July 10, 2017. Early registration deadline: July 31, 2017. Registration deadline: September 10, 2017. Full paper submission: November 20, 2017.)

  7. Cluster Benchmark Data Repository: A New Call, Clustering Data Submission Challenge Call: Contributing Data Sets to Cluster Benchmark Data Repository. Link to the recently launched Cluster Benchmark Data Repository. In this challenge, the deadline for dataset submissions is January 15, 2017. Taskforce members include Nema Dean and Christian Hennig. Chair, Iven Van Mechelen.
  8. ECDA2018, European Conference on Data Analysis (ECDA2018) in Paderborn, Germany, 3rd July to 6th July 2018. The British Classification Society is a joint organising society for this conference.
    The conference venue is the Heinz Nixdorf Forum, conference chair and local organiser Prof. Eyke Huellermeier.
    Scientific program chairs: Profs. Eyke Huellermeier, Sabine Krolak-Schwerdt, Myra Spiliopoulou.

  9. Session: Benchmarking in Clustering (Thursday 8 September, 14:00-15:20), Royal Statistical Society Conference, Manchester, 5-8 September 2016.

  10. Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School, 5-16 September 2016. Institute for Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex. Announcement from: Professor Berthold Lausen (Committee Member, BCS; and President, GfKl Data Science Society), blausen at essex.ac.uk

  11. Medal awarded to Fionn Murtagh, Outstanding Contributions to Astrostatistics Award, 2016 IAA Awards, International Astrostatistics Association. Commendation: For his long time contributions to astroinformatics and related areas in the computational sciences; advancing scientific knowledge in classification theory and image analysis; for his contributions to the success of the Hubble Space Telescope; for his role on the organizing committee of the IAU Commission B3 on Astroinformatics & Astrostatistics; and for his long time efforts in dealing with the statistical analysis of "Big Data".

Online Library, Bibliographies, Membership Information

Previous Events and Initiatives

The British, German and Polish Classification Societies hosted the European Conference
on Data Analysis, ECDA 2015
, which took place from September 2nd to September 4th 2015 at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK. Conference webpage www.ecda2015eu.
50th Anniversary (British) Classification Society - Celebration. 9 July 2014, 14:00-18:30, University of Essex, Colchester. AGM of the British Classification Society, 13:45
Hosted by Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex in cooperation with the summer school week (Monday 7 July to Friday 11 July 2014) of the Faculty of Science and Health, University of Essex, the Gesellschaft für Klassifikation (www.gfkl.org) and ECDA2014 (Wed 2 to Fri 4 July 2014 in Bremen www.ecda2014.eu).
Definitive programme (posted 19 June 2014).
Organisation: Professor Berthold Lausen (Professor of Statistics, University of Essex, President, GfKl Data Science Society, Committee member, BCS), blausen at essex.ac.uk
British Classification Society meeting, including AGM, co-organized with the Arbeitsgruppe Datenanalyse und numerische Klassifikation (AG DANK) of the Gesellschaft für Klassifikation, University College London, 8-9 November 2013. Web site contains presentation slides. Organisation: Dr Christian Hennig, Department of Statistics, UCL.
British Classification Society meeting, including AGM, 18 May 2012. Organisation: Prof. Berthold Lausen, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex.
ICC 2011, International Classification Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 11-15 July 2011. ICC 2011 Programme and Abstracts booklet, Incorporating the Symposium on Bourdieu and Geometric Analysis of Data, 81 pages.
A book and 2 journal Special Issues, from ICC 2011, are as follows.
Special issue, "Conformal predictors", guest editor A. Gammerman, Progress in Artificial Intelligence, Volume 1, Issue 3, September 2012.
Special issue, guest editor F. Murtagh, Journal of Classification, Volume 31, Issue 1, April 2014.
M. Grenfell and F. Lebaron, Eds., "Bourdieu and Data Analysis", Peter Lang, 2014.
UK universities - how do they stand in regard to being loan-geared (hence potentially indebted), entrepreneurial innovation, and research funding from Research Councils? See here for analysis.
Kolmogorov Lecture, Professor Robert Merton (Harvard Business School), winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics. 23 February 2010, Royal Holloway University of London About the Kolmogorov Lecture and Medal.
British Classification Society Meeting and AGM, Royal Holloway, University of London, 20 November 2009. Further information.
Response to HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) on proposals for a new framework to assess and fund research in higher education institutions - the Research Excellence Framework. We focus on the data, analysis, and semantic web issues. Access response to consultation.
British Classification Society Meeting, "Analysis Methodologies for Post-RAE Scientometrics, and AGM", Royal Holloway, University of London, 6 July 2007. Further information.
British Classification Society Meeting, "Analysis and Classification of Large Complex Datasets", Brunel University, 2 February 2007. Further information.

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