Robust Statistics and Extremes


8–11 September 2014


Manning Clark Theatre 4, Australian National University


 Brittany Shoard
 61 2 6125 2897

The "Robust Statistics and Extremes" conference is the second main event in a "Special Year for Stochastics and Statistics" sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Research School of Finance and Applied Statistics of the Australian National University.  The conference will bring together prominent Australian and international experts to provide researchers and students with an opportunity to hear up-to-date state-of-the art expositions in their areas. It will be the 25th in a series of ANU "Special Years" which have been outstandingly successful in attracting national and international interest.  

Statistics today is faced with many challenges, especially relating to such topical issues as the analysis of "big data" through to understanding the complexities of climate change - and many others. Floods, fires, variations in temperature on local through to global scales, etc., have provided impetus for recent vigorous redevelopments of extreme value analysis. Extremely large data sets and high dimensional data now becoming available in genetics, finance, physics, astronomy, and many other areas, have spurred exponential advances in statistical theory and practice with special emphasis on robustness issues,  in recent years. The need to analyse large, linked, data sets in health, crime, agriculture, surveys, and industry,  just to name a few, has revolutionised our profession. It's an exciting time to be a statistician.

The aim of the Robust Statistics and Extremes (RS&E) conference is to provide an opportunity for researchers to present up-to-date accounts of the present state of the art in the topics of Robust Statistics and Extremes. A number of distinguished speakers, both international and Australian, will give keynote addresses in their areas of interest. Special provision will be made for student participation. The Australian National University (ANU) Campus is conveniently located adjacent to Canberra city centre and provides an attractive environment with modern conference facilities permitting close networking and interaction among participants. September is springtime in Australia bringing one of the most beautiful times to visit Canberra with its lovely weather and amazing flower displays.

A Probability and Analysis Day will follow the RS&E conference, on Friday 12 September 2014. Speakers will include: Uta Freiberg, Thierry Coulhon and Michael Barnsley,

Distinguished Invited Speakers

  • Prof. Peter Hall (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Aurore Delaigle (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Debbie Dupuis   (Montreal)
  • Prof. Manuel Febrero-Bande (University De Santiago de Compostela)
  • Prof. Ana Ferreira (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Dr Luke Prendergast (Latrobe University)
  • Prof. Elvezio Ronchetti (University of Geneva)
  • Prof. Matias Salibian-Barrera (University of British Columbia, Canada)

For further information on the speakers, click on the "Organisation" link.

Conference Program

A draft program will be available soon. Invited speakers will be allocated 1 hour slots. Contributing speakers, please aim at a 30 minute seminar allowing some time for questions.

This four day conference will be comprised of keynote addresses by distinguished invited speakers to introduce each morning and afternoon session. Contributed seminars by other participants will be held in the remaining sessions. There will be no parallel sessions. Student contributions will be accepted where possible. Official program will appear closer to the date of the conference.

Sponsored by

ANU Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Applied Statistics.

Event information

This event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). AMSI allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities (see list of members).
Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply to the Head of Mathematical Sciences for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of the departmental travel allowance.
For further information about the AMSI travel allowance please click HERE.

For further information on accommodation and transport options, click on the "Attending" link.


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