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 Date

December 9: Classes end in most faculties and schools

Upcoming Seminars

J. Sunil Rao, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Division of Biostatistics, University of Miami: “The E-MS Algorithm: Model Selection with Incomplete Data
Friday, November 27 at 2:45 p.m.
316 Machray Hall

Russell Steele, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University: “The Curious Case of the Instrumental Variable Estimator for the Complier Average Causal Effect
Thursday, December 3 at 2:45 p.m.
316 Machray Hall

Éric Marchand, Département de Mathématiques, Université de Sherbrooke: “Predictive Density Estimation: recent results
Tuesday, December 8 at 2:45 p.m.
316 Machray Hall

Where are they now?

Clayton Block, M.Sc. (1986)

Mostofa Sarkar, M.Sc. (2012)