Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) hosts first International Seminar on Foundations of Data Science
From July 3rd to 5th, 2017, the inaugural International Seminar on Foundations of Data Science was held successfully at the central building 133 in BIT. Co-organized by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Beijing's key laboratory of analysis and application of mathematical characterization of complex information, and the Statistical Science Center of both Peking University and Tsinghua University. The seminar aimed to deepen the understanding and encourage the development of foundations of data science. Around 70 statistical experts and scholars attended the three-day seminar, from China, Hong Kong, the US, Netherlands, and Singapore.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Tian Yubin, co-chairman of the organizing committee and dean of the school of Mathematics and Statistics, and Professor Huo Xiaoming from Georgia Institute of Technology respectively. They expressed their warm welcome to the teachers and students attending the seminar, and mentioned their hopes that the seminar could promote the development and communication of foundations of data science.
Nine famous experts from China and abroad were invited to deliver a special report at the seminar. They included the academician of the US National Academy of Engineering, Professor Jeff Wu from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the academician of the US National Academy of Engineering, Professor Yu bin from the University of California, Berkeley, the former chairman of the international institute of Mathematical Statistics, Professor Fan Jianqing from Princeton University, Professor Zuowei Shen from the national university of Singapore, Professor Michael W. Mahoney from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Li Bin from Pennsylvania State University, Professor Yang Wang from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Professor Chen Songxi from Peking University, Professor Zhu Lixing from the Hong Kong Baptist University. Besides these individuals, another 13 famous statistical scholars from home and abroad gave their speeches at the seminar.
In the form of invitational speeches, many basic science problems of data science in various fields and their solutions were well discussed during the seminar, and this resonated with the assembled experts and also the younger scholars. Many issues discussed related to international frontier research and also numerous unsolved problems of data science.
The success of the inaugural International Seminar on Foundations of Data Science will help promote the development of mathematics and statistics at BIT, and also help improve the international communication, cooperation and research quality of teachers and students at the school of mathematics and statistics. The seminar was strongly supported by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Development and Planning, and the School of Management and Economics, and the event was deemed a resounding success.