Keynote Speakers

IBC Keynote Speakers

A new innovation for the International Biometric Conference (IBC) is the inclusion of keynote speakers.  Four big-named speakers have accepted the Society's invitation to deliver keynote addresses at IBC 2020.  Be sure to check back frequently for updated information on our keynotes and their sessions!

Yoav2.png Yoav Benjamini, the Nathan and Lily Silver Professor of Applied Statistics at Tel Aviv University in Israel, will be speaking in a special session organized by the International Statistics Institute (ISI) and where he will receive the 2019/2020 Pearson Prize which "recognizes a contemporary research contribution, published within the last three decades, that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications". In Yoav's case, the award will honor his work with colleague Yosi Hochberg (deceased in 2013) on the False Discovery Rate (FDR). Their 1995 paper, cited more than 50,000 times, has become a central element in the analysis pipeline for very high dimensional data, especially in the area of genomics. 

The scientific challenges that have given rise to FDR methodologies 1990-2020The International Statistical Institute Pearson Prize Lecture
Date: 17 August 2020
Time: 11:00 UTC

peter2.png Peter Diggle, Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University in the UK, is a world leading expert on the analysis of data that are correlated over time and space. He has worked in a variety of application areas, mostly in the biomedical, clinical and health sciences, though he also has a broad interest in environmental science. Peter will be delivering the Presidential Invited Address, kicking off IBC2020, virtual learning series.


Title: Model-based geostatistics for better global health
Date: 6 July 2020
Time: 09:00 UTC

david2.png David Donoho, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences Professor of Statistics, has made fundamental contributions to theoretical and computational statistics, as well as to signal processing and harmonic analysis.


Title: A Statistician's Perspective on COVID-19 Testing Scale-up
Date: 13 July 2020
Time: 23:00 UTC

Dianne Cook
professor at Monash University in Australia, is an internationally acclaimed expert in the visualization of high dimensional data. Trained in mathematical statistics, her passion is the development and application of methodology for interactive exploration and visualisation of multivariate data, and has experimented with technologies such as crowd-sourcing, virtual reality and eye-trackers. She is co-author of numerous R packages including tourr, nullabor, ochRe, naniar, tsibble, suggrants, sugarbag.


Title: The paradox of the positive: exploratory tools for visualising the individuals in (multivariate) longitudinal data
Date: 20 July 2020
Time: 09:00 UTC