Detailed Information

The 2015 ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the period July 27-31, 2015. The Bernoulli Society is soliciting invited paper session (IPS) proposals for the Rio WSC scientific program.

All proposals should be sent to:

Professor Byeong U. Park, The Bernoulli Society Representative for the Rio WSC scientific program, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for submission of IPS proposals is October 4, 2013

The proposal should include:

[1] Name, affiliation, contact email address of the proposer;

[2] Name, affiliation, contact email address of the organizer (if different from the proposer);

[3] Title, description and justification of the proposal

The Bernoulli Society aims at striking a proper balance between statistics and probability in organizing IPS sessions. All proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Bernoulli Society Representative, based on importance of theme and possibility of attracting general audience. If selected, the proposers will be asked to complete their proposals by listing proposed speakers, their affiliations and (tentative) titles of their talks. There will be not much time between the selection of the proposals and the completion of the selected proposals because of a tight schedule. We expect that the successful proposers can have only 5 weeks to complete the selected proposals. Thus, it is advised to think of possible speakers and contact them in advance. The completed proposals will be sent to WSC Scientific Program Committee (SPC) by December 1, 2013, for further evaluation and final selection. The final selection by the WSC-SPC will be based on quality and diversity. Note that ISI is keen for proposals with diversity in region. Proposals with speakers in a single continent will be given a low priority. The Bernoulli Society aims at diversity in age and gender as well. It is suggested to include promising young or women speakers if at all possible.



Elsevier owns and publishes Stochastic Processes and Their Applications (SPA).  SPA is designated as an official journal of the Bernoulli Society. During the SPA conference in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011 the Bernoulli Society and Elsevier extended the term of the contractual concerning SPA that extends until March 2015.

The society had expressed its concerns about the about the price of the journal. Elsevier understood these concerns and agreed to reduce the price very considerably over the next few years. The price issue is slightly complicated, so some background information is needed. SPA presently has two different institutional subscription prices, the so-called "full" and "alternative subscription'' price, that correspond to the ``standard institutional'' and ``alternative institutional'' subscriptions, respectively.  The alternative subscription price is substantially lower than the full price, and is advertised prominently at the SPA website.  Any library can order the alternative subscription, which gives full electronic access, while the printed journal is received quarterly rather than monthly.  To our best knowledge, all published comparisons of journal prices have used the high full price rather than the much lower alternative.

Concerning the price of SPA, Elsevier shared our concerns and have already reduced the main institutional price.  They have further agreed that during the course of the agreement, the journal will align to one advertised institutional subscription price that will be closer to the lower of the two current subscription prices.  This will be achieved by reducing the higher institutional subscription rate by the equivalent of at least 10 per cent per annum through 2014 - at the end of which the Alternative Institutional Subscription price will no longer be advertised.

Another concern addressed in the negotiations was Open Access.  Free online access has been offered on SPA, back to Volume 1, Issue 1, for Bernoulli Society members, for some years.   It has been further agreed that SPA will have delayed Open Access, i.e. each article becomes freely available four years after publication to all comers, back to 1995 under the Open Archives initiative.  (This initiative, effective for all articles published from 2008 onwards, involves no charges or other costs to the authors.) Also, Elsevier accepts that authors deposit to ArXiv preprints of the final accepted version of their SPA-papers including all editorial changes.  In fact, the editors encourage all SPA authors to do so. The difference with the practice of IMS published journals is that SPA authors have to upload their papers themselves.

Among the benefits for the Bernoulli Society from the contract is that Elsevier sponsors the annual SPA lecture at the SPA-conference or at the World Congress, and the Ito prize that is given every two years for the best paper published in SPA, over the corresponding period, in addition to other special sessions at conferences in probability and statistics. Moreover, Elsevier annually sponsors 2-4 travel awards to Bernoulli Society conferences, especially for young researchers.

It was agreed to reduce the full price by at least 10% annually. In fact, the full price of SPA was reduced by 15 per cent from 2011 to 2012. Specifically, the full price ($ denoting USD) developed as follows in the years 2010-2012:

2010      2011      2012

$2858     $2572   $2189

The full price of SPA is accordingly projected to decrease to $1773 by 2014.

If the number of printed pages is assumed to equal 3200 (the average number in the period 2009-2011), the price per page will decrease as follows:

2012    2013    2014

$0.68    $0.62    $0.55

The alternative subscription price in 2012 is $1550, corresponding to a price per page of  $0.48.

It is of interest to compare these prices to prices of other journals.  2008 prices per page can be calculated from an AMS survey of journal prices (

Here are some examples of probability journals:

Probability Theory and Related Fields:  $0.77/page

Stochastic Analysis and Applications:  $1.62/page

Annals of Applied Probability:             $0.11/page

Annals of Probability:                          $0.12/page

Bernoulli:                                           $0.19/page (significantly lower than reported in AMS survey)

The last three journals are published by societies and are therefore lower. One reason is that journals published by societies are usually subsidized in some way. For instance, editors-in-chief for society-sponsored journals are generally not financially supported to offset the time commitment outside normally expected duties of academic and other regular employers.

Comparison to the commercial publication Probability Theory and Related Fields by Springer-Verlag is particularly relevant for perspective. In 2012 the price of PTRF is $1513.  If the number of pages is as in 2008, then this corresponds to $0.80/page.

 Probability and statistics are undergoing a substantial increase in both the breadth of scope and the mathematical technicality of many areas of specialization. There is a need for expertly written survey articles that will communicate an historic perspective on the successes, failures and general health of the area, as well as provide young researchers with a point of entry to the frontiers of the field. The Bernoulli Society plays a role in recognizing and communicating the importance of such scholarly efforts through a special award.

 The Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article is to recognize authors of an influential survey publication in the areas of probability and mathematical statistics, respectively. The paper should be timely in addressing areas of active or emerging importance, but have been in circulation long enough for there to be evidence of its impact.

The award consists of the prize amount of 1000€ together with an award certificate. The combined awards are biennial, starting with a paper in probability and presented in a formal ceremony at the Bernoulli World Congress (BWC) in the summer of 2012, and a prize for a paper in mathematical statistics is awarded in 2014, and formally presented at the ISI Statistics World Congress (SWC) in the summer of 2015, and each so awarded every four years, thereafter.

The Committee for the Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article in Probability has been formed as follows: David Aldous (Chair), Alain-Sol Sznitman, Nina Gantert.

Call for nominations in probability

According to the award specifications, nominations exclude self-nominations, and can otherwise be submitted to the committee chair David Aldous This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations should include full name and email address of both the nominee and nominator, as well as a pdf file of the published article in probability.  Nominations should be submitted by November 30, 2011.

The increase in both the  breadth and the mathematical technicality of many areas of specialization in probability and statistics can be mitigated by expertly written survey articles that will communicate an historic perspective on the successes, failures, and general health of important areas, as well as provide young researchers with a point of entry to the frontiers of a given field.  To acknowledge the general importance of such efforts, The Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability is pleased to announce the establishment of ``The Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article in Probability or Mathematical Statistics''.

 A prize of 1000€ and official certificate will be awarded biennially, alternating between the respective areas of mathematical statistics and probability.   Awards will be made by recommendations of a prize committee appointed by Bernoulli Council,  based on nominations solicited by the prize committee from the general membership.  Look for future calls for nominations in Bernoulli Newsletter, Bernoulli E-Briefs, ISI Newsletter, and on Bernoulli and ISI web sites.

The Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes is pleased to announce the approval by the Bernoulli Society Council of a new prize. The prize is to honour the scientific work of Wolfgang Doeblin and to recognize and promote outstanding work by researchers at the beginning of their mathematical careers in the field of Probability.

Wolfgang Doeblin was born in Berlin in 1915. His family, of Jewish origin, were forced into exile and settled in Paris, where Doeblin attended the Sorbonne. From 1935, when he began work on Markov chains under Fréchet, until his death in 1940, he was occupied whenever he was able with research in Probability. In this short time he made many deep and original contributions.

From 1938, he served in the French Army and was stationed in defence of the German invasion, which came in May 1940. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for an action under enemy fire, to restore communications to his unit. Facing capture in June 1940, he took his own life.

Until the invasion, Doeblin had continued to work on mathematics. In February 1940 he sent to the Académie des Sciences de Paris a pli cacheté entitled Sur l'équation do Kolmogoroff. When finally in the year 2000 it was opened, it showed that he had understood many important ideas of modern Probability, including the potential crucial role of martingales.

The Wolfgang Doeblin Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2012 at the World Congress of the Bernoulli Society in Istanbul, and afterwards every two years.

It will be awarded to a single individual for work in the field of Probability, and who is at the beginning of his or her mathematical career.

The Wolfgang Doeblin Prize is generously supported by Springer. The awardee will be invited to submit to the journal Probability Theory and Related Fields a paper for publication as the Wolfgang Doeblin Prize Article, and will also be invited to present a Doeblin Prize Lecture in a later Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications or Bernoulli Society Congress.

James Norris Chair,
Committee for Conferences on Stochastic Processes

Bernoulli Society organized the following 13 Invited Paper Meetings (IPM) in several topics of mathematical statistics, probability and of their applications.

One of the IPMs was an ISI-BS Tribute Session to David G. Kendall. In this commemoration David Kendall was remembered as being heavily involved in the formation of the Bernoulli Society and for contacting in 1974 a member of the Bernoulli family to request to allow the society the use of elements of the Bernoulli family´s coat of arms. This celebration also included talks on the perspective of David Kendall pioneering works on stochastic geometry and its applications, and the statistical theory of shape.

The BS representative in the ISI Programme Co-coordinating Committee was Ursula Gather.


IPM 13 Stochastics of Genoma

Organizer and Chair: Jun Liu
  • Inferring Coancestry of Genome Segments in Populations, Elizabeth Thompson
  • A Bayesian Approach to RNAi Data Analysis, I-Shou Chang, Chung-Hsin Chen, Chin-YU Chen, Chao Hsiung
  • Transcription initiation bias in disease states, Winston Hide, Christopher Maher, Oliver Hofmann

IPM 14 Complex Data Analysis, Dimension Reduction and Sparsity

Organizer and Chair: Ursula Gather
  • Detection of an Abnormal Cluster in a Network , Ery Arias-Castro
  • Model Free Variable Selection when p is much Larger than n, Lixing Zhu, Liping Zhu
Discussant: Hannes Leeb

IPM 26 Functional Data Analysis: Theory and Applications

(Jointly organized with the International Association for Statistical Computing)
Organizer and Chair: Jason Fine
  • Functional Data Analysis for Hazard Rates, Jeng-Min Chiou, Hans-Georg Mueller
  • Dantzig Selector for Censored Linear Regression Models, Yi Li
  • Functional Linear Regression of Gradients from Sparse Data, Ian Mckeague, Sara Lopez-Pintado
Discussant: Ingrid van Kielegom


IPM 12 Statistics in Biodiversity

Organizer and Chair: Miguel Nakamura
  • Site Occupancy Models and Inference Using Single and Multiple Surveys, Subhash Lele
  • Statistical Estimation of Biodiversity Indices, Anne Chao
Discussant: Abdel El-Shaarawi

IPM 73 Relative Survival

(Jointly organized with the General Topics and Local Scientific Committees)
Organizer and Chair: Janez Stare
  • Relative Survival: Understanding the Concept and Promoting its Utilization, Jacques Esteve
  • Regression Spline-based Flexible Relative Survival Model: Estimation, Inference and Validation, Michal Abrahamowicz, Amel Mahboubi, Catherine Quantin
  • Goodness of Fit in Relative Survival Regression, Maja Pohar Perme, Janez Stare, Robin Henderson

IPM 3 Inference under Qualitative Restrictions

Organizer and Chair: Holger Dette
  • Improving Point and Interval Estimates of Monotone Functions by Rearrangement, Victor Chemozhukov, Ivan Fernandez-Val, Alfred Galichon
  • Monotonicity and Log-Concavity Constraints in Regression, Lutz Duembgen, Geurt Jongbloed
  • Monotone Spectral Density Estimation, Dragi Anevski, Philippe Soulier
Discussant: Irene Gijbels


IPM 4 Semi- and Nonparametric Statistics

Organizer: Graciela Boente
Chair: Wenceslao Gonzalez Manteiga
  • Estimation in Semiparametrics Models with Missing Data, Ingrid Van Keilegom, Song Chen
  • On Consistency and Robustness of Support Vector Machines, Andreas Christmann, Ingo Steinwart
  • ROC Curves in Nonparametric Location-scale Regression Models, Juan Carlos Pardo-Fernandez, Wenceslao Gonzalez-Manteiga, Ingrid Van Keilegom
Discussant: Stefan Sperlich

IPM 5 Model Building and Regularization

Organizer and Chair: Axel Munk
  • Non-Euclidean Statistical Analysis of Covariance Matrices and Diffusion Tensors, Ian Dreyden
  • Adaptive Modelling of Irregular, High Dimensional Functional and Image Data, Jeffrey Morris
Discussants: Stephan Huckermann and Victor Panaretos

IPM 6 Stochastic Geometry with Applications

Organizer and Chair: Viktor Benes
  • Random Sets and Quantitative Finance, Ilya Molchanov, Michael Schmutz
  • Invariant Transports of Stationary Random Measures, Guenter Last
  • Estimation Variances in Local Stereology, Zbynek Pawlas, Eva B. Vedel Jensen
  • Intrinsic Two-Way MANOVA for Shape Spaces, Stephan Huckemann, Thomas Hotz, Axel Munk
Discussant: Lothar Heinrich


IPM 7 Concentration Inequalities

Organizer and Chair: Sara Van de Geer
  • Concentration of the Empirical Risk, Pascal Massart
  • Lipschitz Functions and Concentration, Colin Mcdiarmid
  • Applications of Concentration Inequalities in Graph Colouring via the Probabilistic Method, Bruce Reed
Discussant: Emmanuel Candes

IPM 10 The Role of Chance in Evolution

Organizer: Peter Jagers
Chair: Fima Klebaner
  • Species Abundance Distributions in Two Classes of Models: Immigration from Mainland vs Mutant Substitution, Amaury Lambert
  • Polymorphic Evolution Sequence and Evolutionary Branching in a Logistically Regulated Population, Nicolas Champagnat, Sylvie Méléard
  • Modelling the Evolutionary Process of DNA-sequences, Arndt Von Haeseler, Steffen Klaere, Tanja Gesell
Discussant: Fima Klebaner


IPM 9 Statistical Modelling and Data Analysis for Neural Coding

Organizers: Elie Bienenstock and Britt Anderson
Chair: Britt Anderson
  • Inferring Size and Temporal Precision of Correlated Neuron Group Activity from Population Measures, Sonja Gruen, Sebastien Louis
  • Synthetic Spike Trains with Defined Pairwise Correlations, Ernst Niebur, Daniel Millman
  • Nonparametric Spike Train Analysis via Resampling, Asohan Amarasingham
  • Emergence of Cross-Correlation Functions in Neural Spike Interval Distributions, Jonathan Tapson
Discussant: Markus Diesmann

IPM 102 Invited Paper Meeting in Honour of David G. Kendall

(jointly organized with ISI)
Organizers: Jef L. Teugels, Wilfrid Kendall
Chair: Wilfrid Kendall
  • David G. Kendall: His Life, His Work and His Significance for ISI, Jef L. Teugels
  • David Kendall´s Contribution to the Application of Statistics in Archeology and Relates Matters, John Clifford Gower
  • From Kendall Shape to Radon Shape via Structural Biology, Victor Panaretos

As a result of funding opportunities obtained by the ISI for the year 2010, limited funds have been made available to the ISI Sections from the ISI's World Bank Fund.

Applicants of the World Bank Fund are required to be permanent residents of recognised developing countries in order to apply for funding to participate in one of the two Bernoulli Society meetings that will take place during the year 2010:

Those who wish to apply to the World Bank Fund for Bernoulli Society conferences are asked to please send an application, preferably via e-mail, to:
Shabani Mehta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
International Statistical Institute,
P.O. Box 24070,
2490 AB The Hague,
The Netherlands

The application must include:

  • An official proof from the local organizers of the acceptance to present a talk at the conference.
  • A copy of approved abstract.
  • A copy of the curriculum vitae of the applicant.
Deadline for applications is the 30th May 2010.

Confirmation of support will be informed by the 20th of June 2010.

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