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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.

Professor David Wishart

  1. Passed away 12 March 2020. This is from David's family: In loving memory of David Wishart, Edinburgh, UK.

Professor John Gower

Professor John Gower is so very prominent in clustering and related domains. The Gesselschaft fuer Klassifikation had this information on 28 May 2019. In the morning of 7 May 2019, John C. Gower died, Emeritus Professor in the Open University, for many years Head of the Biomathematics Division of the Rothamsted Experimental Station, President of the IFCS, and especially author of pioneering articles for Statistical Computing, Procrustes-Analysis, Biplots, and general Classification problems. On 24 May 2019, there was a remembrance event for John, in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire (details in the image).

To note this, The CARME 2019 conference, Correspondence Analysis and Related Methods, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. On Wednesday 6 February 2019, at 16:35 - 17:20, John's plenary talk was online, Chair: Michael Greenacre, and title, A lifetime response to new data, new technology, new research environments.

The Most Recent Meeting of the British Classification Society

  1. To be planned: Data Science Conference of the British Classification Society (BCS). Remembering John Gower (1930 - 2019).
  2. Soon there will be a report on this very good event: With AGM of BCS, and about 4 presentations, Saturday 5 October 2019, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, UK. This event was organised by Professor Berthold Lausen. (Further reporting on this event, for the AGM decision making, to be provided soon with minutes of previous AGMs.

(Previous Details Now) News: Upcoming Conferences, and Positions

  1. From: Daniel Baier, General conference chair of ECDA2019 in Bayreuth.
  2. Call for papers ECDA2020, September 15-18, 2020, Naples, Italy (http://ecda2020.unina.it/). he next European Conference on Data Analysis (ECDA2020) will be located and hosted in Naples, Italy, September 15-18, 2020 (see flyer).
  3. General conference chair is Prof. Francesco Palumbo (University of Naples Federico II, Italy). Program chairs are Prof. Dr. Hans Kestler (Ulm University, Germany) and Prof. Cristina Davino (University of Naples Federico II, Italy).
  4. Attached you find the call for papers for this conference (http://ecda2020.unina.it/).
  5. Naples is one of the most ancient cities in Europe, whose contemporary urban fabric preserves the elements of its long and eventful history. Its lively street pattern, its wealth of historic buildings and its setting on the Bay of Naples give to the city an incomparable universal value that has profoundly influenced many parts of Europe and beyond.
  6. The University of Naples Federico II is the world’s oldest state University and one of the oldest academic institutions in continuous operation. It was founded in Naples, Italy in 1224 by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Frederick II. The University is the most ancient state-supported institution of higher education and research in the world.
  7. With this in mind, ECDA 2020 payed special emphasis on interdisciplinary research and the interaction of theory and practice. The scientific programme of the conference includes sessions with invited talks and contributed presentations covering a broad range of topics.
  8. The timeline for the conference is as follows (see also http://ecda2020.unina.it/): May 15, 2020: Deadline one page abstract submission June 8, 2020: Notification of acceptance September 15-18, 2020: ECDA 2020 conference December 15, 2020: Full paper submission

  9. The following information is from Dr Brian Franczak, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (set here on 23 February 2019).

    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Health Biostatistics, University of Rochester, New York, USA. Details that include this one year post to begin with, and having the requirement to be a permanent US resident, and many other details are all available in this one page description: T32postdoctoral-ad-Feb2019.pdf.

    Further details about this, "The goal of this program is to prepare qualified predoctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.", here.

Previous Events or Other Information, Recent Announcements and Past News, and Our Members on TV, Radio, or in the Media

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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