International Conference on Computer Age Statistics

in the Era of Big and High Dimensional Data

January 3 - 5, 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop on January 2, 2019 Organized by the Department of Statistics, Savitribai Phule Pune University and Indian Statistical Association Co-sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Indian Statistical Association, and SAS Research & Development India Pvt Ltd Endorsed by ISBIS: The International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics: an Association of the International Statistical Institute

About the Conference

About the Conference
Data availability, data rates, data sizes, and data complexities have been rising over the past decade or so. They are expected to soar up even higher over the coming decades. As such, meaningful approaches to finding data-driven answers/solutions to questions/problems require fresh ways of identifying patterns and structure in the data using sophisticated statistical and computational methodologies. A computer age statistician is an expert who helps answer questions and make inferences based on such data, where questions may arise in fields as diverse as sciences, humanities, economics, business, governance and policy-making, healthcare, education, etc. Data analytics can deliver incremental improvements, drive fundamental transformations of business/government, as well as help in the evolution towards an economy propelled by insight.

On the home front, India is going through a digital transformation along with other countries around the world. Developments in information technology and related areas allow the government and private players to collect huge amounts of information from various sectors, with minimal or absolutely no cost. Further, the availability of such data and the necessary computational facilities, have fuelled the development of computationally intensive statistical models.

The aim of the conference is to make the meet as a rendezvous of computer age statisticians, to explore their remarkable contributions and journey through new vistas of the twenty-first century Statistics. The interactions during this meet are expected to excel the creativity of the delegates and spur them to contribute remarkable and productive research outputs.

Focus Areas:
  • Computer Age Statistics
  • Big and High Dimensional Data
  • Statistical Learning and Data Mining
  • Biostatistics/Bioinformatics
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Spatial Statistics and Applications
  • Financial Statistics
  • Astrostatistics

Salient Features:
  • Jointly organized by Department of Statistics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Indian Statistical Association
  • Co-sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Indian Statistical Association, SAS Research & Development India Pvt Ltd
  • Endorsed by ISBIS: The International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics: an Association of the International Statistical Institute
  • Plenary talks by eminent statisticians
  • Invited lectures by distinguished researchers from India and abroad
  • Contributory paper presentations
  • ISA Travel Awards for Young Researchers


Call for Papers

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts (200 words) on recent developments in Statistics by November 15, 2018. Methodological as well as applied submissions are equally welcome. Topics include  but are not limited to:

  • Computer Age Statistics
  • Big and High Dimensional Data
  • Statistical Learning and Data Mining
  • Biostatistics/Bioinformatics
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Spatial Statistics and Applications
  • Financial Statistics
  • Astrostatistics
  • Official Statistics

Travel Awards

Foreign Participants  (International Travel): IMS Travel Awards

1) For Young Researcher (below 35 Yrs of age)

2) For Masters and Ph.D. Students

Indian Participants:  ISA Student and New Researcher Travel Award (below 35 Yrs of age)

Students and new researchers from within India are encouraged to apply for Indian Statistical Association (ISA) Student and New Researcher Award. ISA is offering up to TEN travel grant awards to students and new researchers within India for attending and presenting their research work in this conference. Each award is worth Rs. 5000. Interested students and new researchers are requested to send their latest CV (the CV must include applicant's date of birth, details about the masters degree including GPA/Percentage, details of the awards/fellowships received till date, details about PhD and complete details about the publications, if any) and a short version of their paper (not more than 6 pages) to the organizers at with the subject line "ISA Student and New Researcher Travel Award - Your Name"   by 25th November 2018. The ISA travel grant awards will be declared by 5th December 2018.

Pre-Conference Workshop

January 2, 2019

Morning Session (Sponsored by IISA)

Introduction to Optimal Transport and Statistics 

Resource Person: Dr Bodhisattva Sen, Columbia University, New York, USA

Recently the area of optimal transport has received much attention in the mathematical community. Some of these ideas can and have been used in statistics and machine learning. The workshop intends to provide participants with a glimpse of this fascinating area.


Afternoon Session (Sponsored by SAS)

Machine Learning Concepts and Applications for Big and High Dimensional Data

Resource Person: Dr Sharad Saxena, SAS Research & Development India Pvt Ltd

The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to get hands-on experience of applying machine learning techniques to data-sets using SAS.  


 The details about the registration for the workshop can be found at the registration page.

Important Dates

Last Date of Submission of Abstract

Nov 15, 2018

Last Date for Applying for ISA Travel Awards

Nov 25, 2018

Notification of Decision on Abstract

Nov 30, 2018

Notification about the Decision on ISA Travel Awards

Dec 05, 2018

Last Date for Registration

Dec 10, 2018

Conference Starts

Jan 03, 2019


Registration with payment is compulsory for all the delegates including invited speakers and contributory speakers. Registration  in the first two categories entitles attendance to all the scientific sessions, registration kit, abstract book, attendance certificate, coffee/tea, lunches and a banquet. Registration as an accompanying person entitles attendance to all the scientific sessions (however, no attendance certificate will be issued), coffee/tea, lunches and a banquet.

Registration Fee for Conference

Type of Delegates
 Registration Fee
Faculty/ Professionals
 INR 4000/-
Full Time Research Students
 INR 2500/-
Accompanying Persons
INR 2000/-

Registration Fee for Pre-conference Workshop

Type of Delegates
Registration Fee
IISA Members
INR 500/-
INR 1000/-

Registration will be open from  21st October 2018 to 10 December 2018.


Advisory Committee

Prof. Bovas Abraham (Univ. of Waterloo, Canada) Prof. N. Balakrishna (CUSAT) Prof. Ayanendranath Basu (ISI, Kolkata) Prof. Sushma Bendre (ISI, Chennai) Prof. Rohit Deo (NYU Stern School of Business, USA) Prof. J. V. Deshpande (SPPU) Prof. Isha Dewan (ISI, Delhi) Prof. Sujit Ghosh (NCSU, USA) Prof. R. L. Karandikar (CMI) Prof. H. L. Koul (MSU, USA) Prof. U. V. Naik-Nimbalkar (IISER, Pune) Prof. M. B. Rajarshi (SPPU) Prof. George Sebastian (St. Thomas College, Pala) Prof. Ashis SenGupta (ISI, Kolkata) Prof. D. T. Shirke (Shivaji University, Kolhapur)


Prof. N. R. Karmalkar, Vice-Chanellor, SPPU Prof. N. S. Umarani, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SPPU Prof. M. B. Rajarshi, President, Indian Statistical Association

Local Organizing Committee

Prof. T. V. Ramanathan (Convener) Dr. Akanksha Kashikar (Organizing Secretary) Dr. Manik Awale (Organizing Secretary) Prof. M. P. Gadre (Member) Dr. V. K. Gedam (Member) Dr. M. M. Kale (Member) Dr. M. G. Kulkarni (Member) Dr. R. V. Latpate (Member) Dr. Anindya Goswami, IISER, Pune ( Member)

The Department

The Department
Located on the scenic campus of the Savitribai Phule Pune University, The Department of Mathematics and Statistics was established in 1953. The Department was initially situated in the main building of the University. Prof. V. S. Huzurbazar was the first head of the Department. In 1962, the Department was shifted to its new elegant building later named as `Wrangler Paranjapye Ganit ani Sankhyashastra Bhavan'. The Department of Statistics was separated in 1976.
Savitribai Phule Pune University has been among the top universities of the country constantly for a long period of time. The Department has always been a centre of excellent academic achievements and it has not gone unnoticed by the various bodies of the Government and other university rating agencies as well. It has been receiving the UGC Special Assistance Grant since 1972. It was recognized as the Centre for Advanced Studies by UGC in 1998. It is the first and only Centre for Advanced Studies in Statistics in India. UGC has extended this recognition for the third phase from 2012. The pharmaceutical giant PFIZER has given an endowment to the Department to provide scholarships for M.Sc. students on the basis of their academic performance. The DST-FIST has also sponsored the Department for up-to-date computing facilities to the students and the faculty.


The University of Poona started teaching the M.Sc. (Statistics) course in the session 1953-54, after the  appointment of Professor V. S. Huzurbazar as Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. Professor Huzurbazar came to the University of Poona with high reputation. He had a Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University under the guidance of Professor H. Jeffreys, F. R. S. He had taught in the University of Gauhati and Lucknow before joining Pune. The Department was initially situated in the Main building of the University, the erstwhile Governor's residence of Bombay presidency. Soon, it was moved to a quadrangle which originally was the kitchen and the cooks' residence attached to the Government House along with the Physics, Geography and other Departments. The Department consisted of Professor Huzurbazar, a clerk and a peon. The peon also looked after the laboratory consisting of hand operated Brunswing / Facit machines. However, the Department was fortunate to have visiting teachers of the caliber of Professor V. M. Dandekar, Professor A. R. Kamat and others from sister institute in Pune. Soon more permanent appointments were made. V. P. Bhapkar and S. R. Adke were the first to join after passing their M.Sc. (statistics) degree from Bombay, in 1953 and 1955 respectively.
The Department has been an alma mater to distinguished Statisticians such as K. Joag-Dev, G. P. Patil, S. Sukhatme (Chivate), B. Chandorkar, Janardan Deshpande, S. W. Dharmadhikari, K. S. R. Rao and J. V. Tatke. The Department has also been graced by visits from eminent Statisticians and other scientists like R. A. Fisher, J. Neyman, Harold and Bertha Jeffreys, Frank Yates, S. N. Roy, C. R. Rao, P. V. Sukhatme, C. V. Raman, Jayant Narlikar, D. R. Cox, V. P. Godambe, D. V. Gokhale, A. M. Kshirsagar, K. B. Athreya, Abhay Bang, Madhav Gadgil and others. Alumni of this Department have been performing well, both in the academic field and industry, with their work being noticed and accredited all over the world. The success can be attributed to the rigorous and in-depth curriculum which gets updated to keep in pace with the latest developments in the field.

More details about the Department can be found at the Department homepage.

The Indian Statistical Association

Established in 1960

(Registered under the Societies of Registration Act XXI of 1800)

The Indian Statistical Association (ISA) is a non-profit organization. Its objectives are to:

  • Promote education, research and application of statistics and probability throughout the world with a special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent;
  • Foster the exchange of information and scholarly activities between various countries as well as among other national/international organizations for the development of statistical science;
  • Serve the needs of young statisticians;
  • Encourage cooperative efforts among members in education, research, industry and business.

Anyone who is interested in the objectives of the Association is welcome to become a member. More details can be found at the Association homepage.

Journal of the Indian Statistical Association (JISA) is one of the main activities of Indian Statistical Association. All ISA members get JISA free. There are two issues every year.  

The University

Pune is the main educational center of Maharashtra. Numerous students from every corner of India and the world come to Pune. It is quite safe and peaceful city as compared to other educational centers in India. The climate of Pune is pleasant and good for health. The city of Pune houses many well-known, established institutes and colleges. Savitribai Phule Pune University is one of the finest and most popular educational centers in the city. It offers excellent programs in various areas including Science, Commerce, Arts, Languages and Management Studies.About Savitribai Phule Pune University

Savitribai Phule Pune University, one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 46 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses.

The university attracts many foreign students due to its excellent facilities. It offers good accommodation facility. There is a provision of hostel for the students. There is a well-stocked library containing plenty of books regarding various subjects. The university offers different scholarships to the students. The university conducts seminars and conferences for the students.

More details can be found at the University homepage

About Pune

About Pune About Pune About Pune
Pune, a historic city, is popularly known as the cultural and educational capital of Maharashtra state in India. It is also recognized as a hub for automobile and IT industries. It is home to numerous educational and research institutes of repute, including National Chemical Laboratory, National Centre for Cell Sciences, National Institute of Virology, National AIDS Research Institute, Agharkar Research Institute, Center for Development of Advanced Computing, Inter University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and many more.

Travel within the city 
Ola and UBER cabs and metered auto rickshaws (three wheelers) can be hired for travel within the city. The state-run city bus services are also available, but may be crowded many a times.

Sight seeing 
Numerous places of historical, ecological, cultural  and  religious importance are located in and around Pune. The sites of interest in the city include Shaniwar wada, Kelkar Museum, Aga Khan Palace, Katraj Zoological Park, Parvati, etc.

Places of tourists’ interest around Pune include the following:

World heritage sites
Ajanta & Ellora caves (near Aurangabad), Elephanta caves (Near Mumbai)

Hill stations
Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala, Khandala, Matheran,

Ganapati pule, Alibagh, Murud, many more along the Konkan coast & Goa

Forts in Western Ghats
Sinhagad, Shivneri, Raigad, Rajgad, Murud-Janjira etc.

Biodiversity hotspots
Kaas lake & plateau, Bhimashankar, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Tamhini ghat and entire Western ghats.

Historical places
Aurangabad, Satara, Kolhapur, Mumbai.

How to Reach

Pune is well connected by air, road and rail network. 


Pune has direct flights to and from many domestic as well as some international destinations. Pune airport is located at Lohegaon at a distance of 18 kms from the Pune University Campus. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai is about 175 kms (~110 miles) away and it takes about 3.5 hrs to reach Pune from Mumbai through express way. Registered AC cabs also run between Mumbai airport and Pune.


There are daily and weekly trains connecting Pune to all major cities in India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and many more.


Pune is well connected by a good road network connecting it to various cities and towns across India. Various government as well as private agencies offer daily bus services to various destinations in the state of Maharashtra and the neighbouring states. Ola cabs (Registered taxis) run between Pune and Mumbai.


The delegates will have to bear the expenses and remit the same at the respective place of accommodation. Limited  accommodation is available on the University premises on payment, which is an ordinary type of shared accommodation with two persons in one room. Accommodation will be provided on request.

Nearby Hotels: 

Climate and Clothing

Climate in Pune during early January would be pleasant. Days would be warm with maximum temperature of about 29 degrees Celsius and nights would be cooler with a minimum temperature of about 11 degrees Celsius. Cottons during the day and light woolens during evening/night are recommended.



Contact Us

  • Dr Akanksha Kashikar / Dr Manik Awale
  • Department of Statistics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune - 411007, INDIA