The Scientific Programme of the 62nd ISI WSC is being established with the diverse interests of the ISI members and the international community in mind. It will include presentations on leading-edge research in statistical theory, methodology, and applications as well as state-of-the art practice. It will include expository papers as well as presentations and discussion on important societal issues, emerging opportunities and challenges. The Programme comprises of Invited Paper Sessions (IPS), Special Topic Sessions (STS) and Contributed Paper/Poster Sessions (CPS). These sessions are geared towards participants of different levels of experience and expertise.

This Programme also offers a series of Short Courses catered to current interests. Aside from short courses, Satellite Meetings are also organised by the ISI Associations and Committees to stimulate interesting discussions among the ISI associations and members.

Invited Paper Sessions (IPS)

The IPSs are established by the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) of the ISI and its Associations. IPSs usually consist of 3-4 papers and a discussant invited by the organiser of the Session.

The SPC reviewed the proposals, and selected the IPS to be included in the 62nd ISI WSC with due consideration on diversity of topics, the regional distribution of organisers, scientific quality and impacts. As a rule one individual can only organise one session.

Special Topic Sessions (STS)

STSs are an important component of the Scientific Programme of the WSC. Proposals for STS are submitted by individual members of the ISI and its Associations and Committees. The sessions usually consist of 4-6 papers and possibly a discussant invited by the organiser of the Session.

Proposals for STSs are being reviewed by the Local Programme Committee (LPC). The list of STSs will be announced in December 2018. Proposals for IPS that are not selected by the SPC may be considered again as candidates for STS.

Contributed Paper/Poster Sessions (CPS)

Individuals are mostly welcomed to submit a contributed paper for presentation at the ISI WSC 2019. For the submission to be considered by the Local Programme Committee (LPC), it should include a title, an abstract and a short paper with a minimum of 4 pages but no more than 6 pages long. The paper must not have been published in any other conference proceedings or publication before the 62nd ISI WSC. The copyright for the abstracts and papers in the proceedings resides jointly with the authors and the ISI. Authors are free to publish expanded versions of the material elsewhere.

Once accepted, a contributed paper will be listed in the programme and presented in one of the following three modes:

  1. Oral Presentation. The speaker will have 15 minutes to present the paper in one of the Contributed Paper Sessions.
  2. Poster Presentation. The presenter will have a space to display his/her poster, and should be available at the designated date/time for on-spot discussion.
  3. Poster-Plus Presentation. The presenter will have a space to display his/her poster for one day, and should be available at the designated date/time for on-spot discussion. In addition, the presenter will have an oral spotlight presentation of 5 minutes on a platform in the same hall of poster-display to advertise his/her poster.

Contributed papers should be proposed by submitting an abstract and paper using the online submission system by 31 January 2019. The submissions will be reviewed by the LPC to ensure quality. Around the first quarter of 2019, the author who has submitted the abstract will be notified on the successful of the submission with the allocated mode of presentation. The paper allocation to the different presentation modes and session lengths will take into account both the author's preference and programme optimisation.

Key dates on IPS, STS and CPS

Key dates for the IPS, STS and CPS are summarised below. Further details will be announced on this website progressively.

01 January2018
Proposal Submission Open for IPS
31 March2018
Proposal Submission Close for IPS
15 April 2018
Proposal Submission Open for STS
15 July 2018
Notification of Session Acceptance for IPS
01 August 2018
Title and Abstracts Submission Open for IPS
31 August 2018
Proposal Submission Close for STS
01 September 2018
Title, Abstracts and Paper Submission Open for CPS
01 November 2018
Title and Abstracts Submission Close for IPS
01 December 2018
Notification of Session Acceptance for STS
Title and Abstracts Submission Open for STS
15 January 2019
Paper Submission Open for IPS and STS
31 January 2019
Title, Abstracts and Paper Submission Close for CPS
01 March 2019
Notification of Paper Acceptance for CPS
31 March 2019
Title and Abstracts Submission Close for STS
15 April 2019
Paper Submission Close for IPS and STS

Acceptance by SPC/LPC, or if necessary, based on deadline as stated in the notification.  However, only the sessions/papers with at least one registered speaker/presenter by 31 May 2019 will be included in the Scientific Programme.