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April 13th, 2024 AL-MS Chapter Annual Conference and Business Meeting

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Auburn University (AU) will host the 2024 Alabama-Mississippi Chapter Annual Conference and Business Meeting on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. Faculty, students, and statistics professionals are invited to attend. 

We are very excited to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Ping Ma. Professor Ma is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Georgia and co-director of the big data analytics lab. He was a Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Faculty Fellow at the US National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His paper won the best paper award from the Canadian Journal of Statistics in 2011. He delivered the 2021 National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecture. Professor Ma serves on multiple editorial boards. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Ma


Registration: https://al-ms-asa-2024.eventbrite.com

Please register online by March 31st, 2024, for reduced fees (see table). The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments.


Early Registration Fee

(by 3/31/2024)

Late and On-site* Registration Fee

**Member Student/Postdoc 



Non-member Students/Postdocs 




(members or non-members)



* Correction: Cash or credit cards are NOT accepted for on-site registration. All registrations are processed online via https://al-ms-asa-2024.eventbrite.com.

** Members of ASA AL-MS Chapter

Student Presentations: Students are invited to present their research at the conference. Students are asked to submit the title and abstract of no more than 300 words to Dr. Michelle Zhou (qz70@msstate.edu) by midnight (Central time) on March 15th, 2024. Please state "2024 AL-MS Chapter Abstract Submission" in the email's subject line, and documents in PDF format are preferred. Up to 6 students will be selected from submitted abstracts for a 15-minute oral presentation. Abstracts not selected for an oral presentation will be converted to posters presented for the duration of the conference. All submissions will be considered for oral presentations unless otherwise specified.

Venue: Mell Classroom Building, 231 Mell St, Auburn, AL 36849

ParkingParticipants can park complimentary on Saturdays both at the

      Ralph Draughon Brown Library Parking Deck located on Roosevelt Str. http://auburn.edu/map/?id=834

      Or on Campus off on S. College Street http://auburn.edu/map/?id=75

Agenda: aub.ie/2024ASAMtg

Invited Lecture by Dr. Ping Ma

Title: Statistical Computing Meets Quantum Computing

AbstractThe recent breakthroughs in quantum computers have shown quantum advantage (aka quantum supremacy), i.e., quantum computers outperform classic computers for solving a specific problem. These problems are highly physics-oriented. A more relevant fact is that there are already general-purpose programmable quantum computing devices available to the public. A natural question for statisticians is whether these computers will benefit statisticians in solving some statistics or data science problems. If the answer is yes, what kind of statistics problems should statisticians resort to quantum computers? Unfortunately, the general answer to this question remains elusive.

In this talk, I will present challenges and opportunities for developing quantum algorithms. I will introduce a novel quantum algorithm for a statistical problem and demonstrate that the intersection of statistical computing and quantum computing is an exciting and promising research area. The development of quantum algorithms for statistical problems will not only advance the field of quantum computing but also provide new tools and insights for solving challenging statistical problems.


Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center (It is adjacent to Auburn campus and across the street from the meeting venue and downtown hotels and restaurants. It is also the drop-off location for the airport shuttle.)

The Collegiate Hotel (It is the closest hotel to campus, about a 5-minute walk from the AU Hotel, with a 2-night minimum on the weekend.)

Townplace Suites by Marriott (5-minute drive from campus)

Tru by Hilton (near Interstate 85)

Courtyard by Marriott (near Interstate 85)

Food and Beverages in downtown Auburn: https://downtownauburnonline.com/dining

Dining options near the conference venue:

·       HeyDay Market 211 S College Street

·       Toomer’s Corner 100 N. College Street

·       Mellow Mushroom 128 N College Street

·       Taco Mama 149 E Magnolia Ave

·       Moe’s BBQ 125 E Magnolia Ave

·       Hamilton’s on Magnolia 174 E Magnolia Ave

·       Draft House 165 E Magnolia Ave

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