Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Computational strategies for large-scale statistical data analysis

Jul 02, 2018 - Jul 06, 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Cheng, Guang Purdue University
Leng, Chenlei University of Warwick

Large-scale data are increasingly encountered in biology, medicine, engineering, social sciences and economics with the advance of the measurement technology. A distinctive feature of such data is that they usually come with a large sample size and/or a large number of features, creating challenges even for data storage and processing, not to mention for data analysis. On the other hand, classical statistical methodology, theory and computation have been developed based on the assumption that the entire data reside on a central location. As a result, most classical statistical methods face computational challenges for analysing large-scale data in the big data era.

Specifically, big data is known to possess the so-called 4D features: Distributed, Dirty, Dimensionality and Dynamic. These features, which are often mixed together in reality, make it very challenging to apply traditional statistical thinking to massive data. The consideration of computation in the statistical analysis forms the core of this workshop proposal.

The main aim of this workshop is to bring together active researchers working at the interface of statistics, machine learning and optimization

• to exchange the methodological, algorithmic and theoretical developments recently made in distributed data analysis and aggregated inference with consideration on computational complexity and statistical properties of relevant estimators;

• to discuss open challenges, exchange research ideas and forge collaborations in three research areas: statistics, machine learning and optimization;

• to promote the development of software with justified statistical properties and efficient computational properties;

• to engage more UK young researchers to work at the interface of computing and statistics.



Please note that this workshop is anticipated to commence around 09.00 on Monday 2 July and close around lunchtime on Friday 6 July 2018. 

Participation is by invitation only.   Invitations will be issued by ICMS in early March 2018.  

The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. 

All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a MAC we expect you to bring your own adaptor. 

It is anticipated that there will be a poster session during the workshop.  Further details will follow.

If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.

Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.


Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to:   moira (dot) spencer@icms.org.uk




The programme will be announced here in due course.