Cornell's annual Celebration of Statistics and Data Science is a day of talks and discovery led by the field's top scholars. Join us on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY, this Fall.

The 2019 Celebration of Statistics and Data Science will take place Friday, September 6, in the Statler Hotel in the J. Willard Marriott Executive Education Center on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. Hosted by the Department of Statistics and Data Science, and previously known as the Cornell Day of Statistics, this annual event brings together the best minds in the field of statistics for a day of talks and discovery. We will also honor this year's Cornell Distinguished Alumni Robert L. Wolpert ('72), who will serve as keynote speaker.

Our confirmed presenters are:

  • Robert L. Wolpert ('72) of Duke University; 2019 Cornell Distinguished Alumni
  • Edoardo Airoldi of Temple University
  • James Berger (Math PhD '74) of Duke University
  • Edward George (Math '72) of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Joe Guinness of Cornell University
  • Leanna House (Biometry and Statistics, '98) of Virginia Tech
  • Tom Loredo ​of Cornell University
  • Natesh Pillai of Harvard University


A PDF of the day's itinerary

8:30 - 9 a.m. – Breakfast/Registration 

9 a.m. – Opening remarks from Computing and Information Science Dean, Jon Kleinberg 

9:05 - 10 a.m. – Presentation of Distinguished Alumni Award by Martin Wells to Robert L. Wolpert (Duke University) who will follow with his talk, "Lévy-based Nonparametric Bayesian Models and their Applications."

Morning Session – Chair: Martin Wells 

10 - 10:30 a.m. – James Berger (Duke University), "Encounters with imprecise probabilities"

10:30 - 10:40 a.m. – Q&A 

10:40 - 10:55 a.m. – Refreshments 

10:55 - 11:25 a.m. – Joe Guiness (Cornell University), "Spectral Methods for Multivariate Spatial-Temporal Data"

11:25 - 11:55 a.m. – Edoardo Airoldi (Temple University), "Model-assisted Design of Experiments"

11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. – Q&A

Travel time to Physical Sciences Complex 

12:15 - 1:35 p.m. – Lunch/Poster Session @ Baker Portico/Atrium 

Travel time to Statler

Afternoon Session – Chair: David Ruppert 

1:50 - 2:20 p.m. – Tom Loredo (Cornell University), "Salient Feature Discovery in Astrophysics:  Gamma-ray Bursts and Beyond"

2:20 - 2:50 p.m. – Leanna House (Virginia Tech), "The Role of Statistics within Human-in-the-Loop Analytics"

2:50 - 3:00 p.m. – Q&A 

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. – Refreshments 

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. – Edward George (University of Pennsylvania), "Multidimensional Monotonicity Discovery with MBART"  

3:45 - 4:15 p.m. – Natesh Pillai (Harvard University), "Bias Sorrection in Daily Maximum and Minimum Temperature Measurements through Gaussian Process Modeling"

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. – Q&A 


Day parking permits are available at on-campus information and parking booths for $10. For more information on on-campus parking, visit here.

Places to Stay

A block of rooms has been arranged with the Hilton Garden Inn, at 130 East Seneca Street in Ithaca. We’ve secured a special rate of $188/night + tax for each Thursday (9/5) and Friday (9/6) night. This rate is available for reservations made prior to Aug. 5, 2019. To make a reservation online, visit Hilton Garden's webpage. Alternatively, guests may reserve a room by calling the hotel at 607-277-8900 and requesting the “Celebration of Statistics and Data Science” rate. Included in the rate are hotel shuttle service to and from the Cornell campus, as well as breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn.”

Other lodging options around Ithaca include:

  • The Statler Hotel offers beautiful rooms in the heart of Cornell's campus, with parking and dining options available. 
  • Hotel Ithaca and Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons are both located downtown, near or on the Commons, and are an easy bus ride to and from campus via the TCAT's No. 10 bus. Both Hotel Ithaca and the Ithaca Marriott provide transportation to and from the Ithaca airport and the Cornell campus.
  • The Best Western University Inn also offers transportation to and from the Ithaca airport and the Cornell campus.

For other lodging options, please see

General Information

About Cornell

Maps and Directions

Visitor Parking

Ithaca Guide

Dining on Campus or in nearby Collegetown

Robert Wolpert
Robert L. Wolpert ('72) is the 2019 Cornell Distinguished Alum Award recipient. He is a professor of statistical science at Duke University. From Wolpert's... more
Edoardo Airoldi
Dr. Edoardo M. Airoldi is the Millard E. Gladfelter Professor of Statistics and Data Science at Temple University. He also serves as Director of the Fox School... more
Headshot of Jim Berger
James Berger received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Cornell University in 1974. He was a faculty member in the Department of Statistics at Purdue... more
photo of Ed George
A 2018 Cornell Distinguished Alumni recipient, Edward George is currently a professor of statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. ... more
Joe Guinness
Joe Guinness is an assistant professor in Cornell's Department of Statistics and Data Science. He studies modeling and computational issues that arise in the... more
Leanna House
Leanna House is associate professor in the Department of Statistics. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, she was a post-doctoral research associate for two years... more
Tom Loredo
Tom Loredo is a senior research associate & lecturer within Cornell University's Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science. His research is largely in... more
Natesh Pillai
Natesh Pillai is an associate professor of statistics at Harvard University. He is an interdisciplinary scientist working on problems lying at the interface of... more