A variety of showcases and a special invited session will be presented during the 2018 International Biometric Conference.

Review the list below or click on a title for more information:


Monday 9 July

Statistics in Practice Session I and II (13:45 – 15:15 and 15:45 – 17:15)

Organizer and Moderator: Annette Kopp-Schneider (for Education Committee)

Frailty models: theory and practice

Theodor Balan, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Hein Putter, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands


Tuesday 10 July

Biometrics Showcase Session (10:30 – 12:00)

Organizer and Chair: Geert Molenberghs

Best papers by an IBS member in Biometrics, 2016 and 2017.

2016: Published in the December 2016 issue, volume 72, pages 1155-1163

Kim Inyoung, Virginia Tech, USA – Flexible variable selection for recovering sparsity in nonadditive nonparametric models

2017: Published in the June 2017, volume 73, pages 656-665

Joshua Tebbs, University of South Carolina, USA – Hierarchical group testing for multiple infections


Young Statistician Student (YSS) Showcase (15:45 – 17:15)

Organizer: Pamela Shaw

Chair: Iris Pigeot [DR]

Tilahun F. Asena, Hawassa University & Arba Minch University, Ethiopia – Modeling Evolution of HIV/AIDS Disease Progression: A Parametric Semi-Markov Model with Interval Censuring

Virginia Fisher, Boston University School of Public Health, United States – Genetic Fine Mapping Incorporating Functional Annotation: A Random Effects Approach

Rafael de Andrade Moral, University of São Paulo, Brazil – Conditional and Marginal Models for Analysing Light Interception Data

Tea Kristiane E. Uggen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia – Automated Classification of Post-Stroke Aphasia by Severity

Yuejia Xu, MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom  – Cross-selection HIV Incidence Estimation Accounting for Heterogeneity Across Communities


Thursday 12 July

Host Region Special Invited Session (8:30 – 10:00)

Organizer: Spanish Biometric Society [SEB]: Klaus Langohr and Immaculada Arostegui 


Concepcion Arenas, Barcelona University, Spain – Identifying extreme observation to detect differentially expressed genes

Eugenia Castellanos, Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain – Goodness of fit models in ABC methods

David Conesa, Universitat de València, Spain – Challenging statistical issues in species distribution modeling

Jan Graffelman, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain – Recent methodological developments for a Hardy-Weingberg analysis of X-chromosomal variants

Dae-Jin Lee, BCAM – Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Spain – Beta-binomial multivariate regression modeling of patient-reported outcomes


ISI Special Invited Session (15:45 – 17:15)

Organizers: Peter Guttorp

Competition Chair: Kaye Basford [ISI liaison to IBS]


Kristie L. Ebi, University of Washington, USA – Current impacts and future risks of climate change for health

Erin Peterson, Queensland University of Technology, Austraila – The fish data analysis tool: River-Network scaled modeling and visualisation of juvenile fish abundance from multiple agencies

Guy F. Midgley, Stellenbosch University, South Africa –  Opportunities for attributing ecological responses of species and ecosystems to climate change drivers


Friday 13 July

JABES Showcase Session (9:00 – 10:30)

Competition Chair: JABES Editor, Steve Buckland


Jenni Niku, University of Jyväskylä, Finland – Generalized linear latent variable models for multivariate count and biomass data in ecology

Raphael Huser, King Abdullah University and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia – Non-stationary dependence structures for spatial extremes