Fu-Fest 2009

A Symposium and Workshop in Honour of James C. Fu
May 27-28, 2009
University of Manitoba

FuFest Picture

FuFest Picture

Thank you to all who attended. More pictures are available here.

Dr. James Fu is retiring from the University of Manitoba on June 30, 2009. This international symposium, Fu-Fest 2009, will highlight some of Dr. Fu’s significant contributions to the discipline of Statistics over his long career at the University.

James has over seventy papers in scientific journals. One of his most important research contributions was the development, with Markos Koutras (University of Piraeus, Greece), of the Finite Markov Chain Imbedding (FMCI) technique for determining probability distributions of runs and patterns. James and others have applied the FMCI technique in many areas. This includes applications in bioinformatics (for analyzing DNA sequences) and applications in reliability theory (for determining probabilities of system failures). His work on the FMCI technique is highly cited; in 2001, one of his 1996 papers (“Distribution theory of runs and patterns associated with a sequence of multi-state trials”, Statistica Sinica 6, 957-974) received a Citation Classic Award from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). In 2003, he published a book, with Wendy Lou (University of Toronto), on the FMCI technique. James has also made important research contributions in other areas of statistics and probability. One of these is the use of the large deviation approach to study asymptotic distributions and rates of convergence for consistent estimators.

James has a long history of providing service to the statistical community by serving as editor and associate editor for international journals and by refereeing numerous papers. He served as president of the International Chinese Statistical Association from 1988 to 1989 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Please join us.

See the list of speakers.

See the schedule.


Important Dates

September 7: Labour Day (University Closed)

September 8 – September 9: New Student Orientation

September 10: First day of classes for most faculties and schools.

September 10 – September 23: Registration revision period for Fall Term and Fall/Winter Term spanned courses.

Upcoming Seminars

Omer Ozturk, Department of Statistics, Ohio State University: “Statistical Inference with Empty Strata in Judgment Post Stratified Samples
Thursday, September 10 at 2:45 p.m.
111 Armes

Gauri Datta, Department of Statistics, University of Georgia: “Multiparameter Estimation, Shrinkage Estimation and Small Area Estimation
Thursday, September 17 at 2:45 p.m.

Paul McNicholas, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University
Thursday, September 24 at 2:45 p.m.

Darren Gillis, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Thursday, October 1 at 2:45 p.m.

Where are they now?

Robert Platt, M.Sc. (1993)

Jeffrey Alan Sloan, Ph.D. (1991)