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.



Congratulations to our October, 2015 graduates: You Liang (Ph.D.), Lin Xue (M.Sc.), Yi Yang (M.Sc.), Gun-Ho Bae (M.Sc.).

Important Date

October 12: Thanksgiving Day (University Closed)

Upcoming Exams

STAT 3170 A01 Midterm 1
Wednesday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m.

STAT 7140 A01 Midterm 1
Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Seminars

Siamak Noorbaloochi, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota: “On Being Bayes and Unbiasedness
Thursday, October 8 at 2:45 p.m.
111 Armes

Mahmoud Torabi, Department of Community Health Sciences and Department of Statistics, University of Manitoba: “Spatial Generalized Linear Mixed Models in Small Area Estimation
Thursday, October 15 at 2:45 p.m.
111 Armes

Alison Gibbs, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Toronto
Thursday, October 22 at 2:45 p.m.

Olivier Tremblay-Savard, School of Computer Science, McGill University
Thursday, October 29 at 2:45 p.m.

Where are they now?

Lesley Crisostomo Alagar, M.Sc. (2006)

Xuan Li, Ph.D. (2012)