R-beta: Statistical Science and the Internet

Mark cocteau at research.bell-labs.com
Tue May 19 00:40:49 CEST 1998

   Statistical Science and the Internet

      A mini-conference to explore the impact of emerging Internet 
      technologies on the field of statistics. 

   July 12-14, 1998
   Drew University
   Madison, New Jersey

   Organizer: Mark Hansen, Bell Laboratories

        --------------- Call for Participants ---------------

Over the past few years, the Internet has changed the way we announce our
research results, primarily by making it easier for us to exchange drafts of 
papers destined for journal publication. With the introduction of new computing
languages like Java, however, we are presented with incredible new 
possibilities for sharing statistical ideas. 

The purpose of this mini-conference is to explore the ability of emerging 
Internet technologies to support and possibly shape statistical research
and usage. Sessions will cover:

* Tools for distributed computing (CORBA, PVM, RMI) 

     Communication of statistical methods, or perhaps more fundamentally
     statistical data, is at the heart of current approaches to distributed 
     computing.  Deciding on an architecture is crucial for sharing statistical 
     methods both conveniently and efficiently. 

* Client-server experiments in statistical computation and visualization 

     A number of vendors have begun developing Web-based interfaces to their
     existing computing platforms, including XploRe and S-PLUS. These
     experiments have opened up new and interesting directions in distributing
     statistical methodology. Related projects like GASP, the Globally 
     Accessible Statistical Procedures Initiative will also be discussed. 

* Statistical applications of Java and VRML 

     Several packages for computing and visualization have appeared that are
     entirely written in Java. Examples include the Graphics Production 
     Library, WebStat, and a commercial venture Statlets. The creators of each 
     platform will discuss the issues involved in designing and implementing 
     these specialized clients. 

* Statistical multiuser environments 

The goal of this mini-conference is to bring together tool users, tool 
developers and system architects, with a focus on sharing statistical
ideas (graphics, computations, documentation, etc.) in a networked 
environment like the Internet. Through our discussions, we hope to 
integrate existing systems, allowing the user to focus 
statistical ideas rather than surrounding software environments.

We can only accommodate 35 participants. This mini-conference
is an opportunity to share ideas, and all participants are expected
to be active in discussions and presentations of new ideas.
If you are interested in joining us, please send email
to cocteau at bell-labs.com.

        --------------- Registration Information ---------------

The conference will take place at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
A registration fee will cover the cost of food and lodging for 2 1/2 days.
The mini-conference is being held in conjunction with an workshop on
``Data Visualization in Statistics'' organized by AT&T Labs. For more
mini-conference details, see cm.bell-labs.com/who/cocteau/comsci.
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