Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (2017)

Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (2017)

A regional conference organized by the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, and the George Washington University.


Saturday, April 8, 2017


College of William and Mary

Jones Hall

200 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23187


Sarah Day (CWM), Maria Emelianenko (GMU), Maria Gualdani (GWU), Yongwu Rong (GWU), Junping Shi (CWM),

Registration for EXTREME-QED Conference

Tentative schedule:

April 8, Saturday

9:30-10:00 Registration and breakfast Jones Hall 301
10:00-10:10 opening remark Jones Hall 302
10:10-11:00 Keynote lecture Professor Ping Ma
11:00-11:20 Coffee break and group photo Jones Hall 301,
11:20-12:20 Student talk session 1 Jones Hall 302
12:20-14:00 Lunch break Jones Hall 301
14:00-15:00 Student talk session 2
15:00-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-16:20 Student talk session 3
16:20-16:40 Coffee break (if needed)

Student talk session 4 (if needed)

Main Speaker: Professor Ping Ma, Department of Statistics, University of Georgia

Title: Leveraging methods for big data regression

Abstract: The rapid advance in science and technology in the past decade brings an extraordinary amount of data, offering researchers an unprecedented opportunity to tackle complex research challenges. The opportunity, however, has not yet been fully utilized, because effective and efficient statistical tools for analyzing super-large dataset are still lacking. One major challenge is that the advance of computing resources still lags far behind the exponential growth of the database. 

In this talk, I will present an emerging family of statistical methods, called leveraging methods to facilitate scientific discoveries using limited computing resources. Leveraging methods are designed under a subsampling framework, in which one samples a small proportion of the data (subsample) from the full sample, and then performs intended computations for the full sample using the small subsample as a surrogate. The key to the success of the leveraging methods is to construct nonuniform sampling probabilities so that influential data points are sampled with high probabilities. These methods stand as a unique development of their type in big data analytics and allow pervasive access to massive amounts of information without resorting to high-performance computing and cloud computing.

About the speaker: Prof. Ping Ma is a Professor of Statistics and co-directs the big data analytics lab at the University of Georgia, USA. He was Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Faculty Fellow at the US National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a recipient of the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His paper won the best paper award of the Canadian Journal of Statistics in 2011. He serves on multiple editorial boards including the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Williamsburg Hotels:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Williamsburg, 1402 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Williamsburg, 1452 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg-Central, 718 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S England St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Previous UMCs:

  • April 5, 2008 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (George Mason University) Main speaker: Konstantin Mischaikow (Rutgers)
  • March 21, 2009 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (College of William and Mary) Main speaker: Sebastian Schreiber (UC-Davis)
  • April 17, 2010 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (George Mason University) Main speaker: James A. Yorke (U Maryland)
  • April 16, 2011 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (College of William and Mary) Main speaker: Philip Maini (Oxford U)
  • April 21-22, 2012 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in Washington (George Washington University) Main speaker: Doron Levy (U Maryland), Hans Kaper (Georgetown U)
  • April 6, 2013 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in Washington (George Mason University) Main speaker: Michelle Girvan (U Maryland)
  • April 2, 2016 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (George Washington University) Main speaker: Scott Carter (U South Alabama)