Activities oriented towards the Professional Sector

The Executive Committee of IASI decided, in October 2000, to start a program of activities oriented towards the Professional Sector, comprising conferences, workshop and short courses on specialized topics, preferably of applied nature.  The first activities in this program were held in March 2001, as reported in what follows.  .  



Workshop on "Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement"

This Workshop was the first activity in the program of IASI aimed at the Professional Sector. It was held in Buenos Aires on March 12 - 13, 2001, jointly organized by IASI and the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires - ITBA), and counted with the auspices of Minera Alumbrera Ltd.  The Workshop comprised: (a) a Conference for Executives, on "Statistical Tools for Quality Improvement in Competitive Markets"; and (b) a Seminar on Analysis and Design of Industrial Experiments, mainly addressed to engineering professors and advanced students. 
Dr. Vijay Nair, Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, as well as Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, and Dr. Bovas Abraham, Director of the Institute for Improvement in Quality and Productivity, and Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, were invited to carry out these activities.



Inter-American Meetings on Teaching of Statistics

The Inter-American Meetings on Teaching of Statistics (Jornadas Interamericanas de Enseñanza de la Estadística-JIEE), jointly organized by IASI and the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), of Argentina, were held in Caseros, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 28-November 1, 2002.  These Meetings counted with the auspices of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

The Meetings were held jointly with the Fifth Latin American Congress of Statistical Societies (CLATSE V), organized by the Argentine Society of Statistics (SAE), the Argentine Group of Biometry (GAB), he Chilean Society of Statistics (SOCHE), and the Uruguayan Society of Mathematics and Statistics (SUME). Some 500 persons, from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Honduras, Italy, Spain, Panama, United States, and Uruguay, participated in these events.  The program for the JIEE included 9 conferences, 4 round tables, 6 short courses, 30 orally presented contributed papers, and 10 posters.



Course on “Sampling Data Analysis”, in Argentina

A Course on Sampling Data Analysis was held on August 23-27, 2004, jointly organized by IASI and the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC) of Argentina. This activity had support from the Program for Improving Living Conditions (MECOVI), conducted by the World Bank, IDB and ECLAC. The course was held in Buenos Aires, at INDEC's facilities, and was taught by professors doctors Pedro Luis do Nascimento Silva and Djalma Galvão Carneiro Pessoa, from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).  Dr. Silva was at that time the President of IASI.

In addition to presenting methods for analysis of complex survey data, the course introduced participants to the use of the R statistical software, for which a number of functions for analyzing data from complex surveys are available. The course was free for participants and in addition to attendants from Argentina, there were participants from Chile, Honduras, Mexico and Panama.



Course on “Sampling Data Analysis”, in Chile
A Course on Sampling Data Analysis was held in Santiago, Chile on August 1-5, 2005, organized by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), with support from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-IBGE) and IASI.  This course was a replication of the one held in August 2004 in Buenos Aires, and it was also taught by professors doctors Pedro Luis do Nascimento Silva and Djalma Galvão Carneiro Pessoa.


Course on “Statistical Methods for Lifetime Data”
This course, jointly organized with the Ecuadorian Society of Statistics (Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Estadística-SEE), was held on July 8-11, 2008 in Quito, Ecuador during the XI Meeting on Mathematics and its Applications.  The course had 20 participants and was taught in 16 hours by Dr. Luis A. Escobar, Vice President of IASI.


International Course on “Complex Surveys (Sampling)”
This course, jointly organized with the Statisticians College of Peru (Colegio de Estadísticos del Perú), was held on August 28-30, 2008 at the Teatro Auditorio Ella Dunbar Temple of the Uni-versidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in Lima. The course, of 18 hours, was in charge of Dr. Ignacio Méndez Ramírez, Vice President of IASI.


Course on “Time Series”
This course was jointly organized with the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática-INEI) of Peru, to take place on September 3-5, 2008 at the INEI's National School of Statistics and Informatics, in Lima.  The course, of 12 hours, was in charge of Dr. Víctor Manuel Guerrero Guzmán, ex-President of IASI.


Course on “Time Series in Finance”
This course was a part of the Homage Day to Prof. Dr. Raúl Pedro Mentz, organized by IASI with the adhesion of the School of Economics of the National University of Tucuman (Universidad Nacional de Tucumán), held in the city of Tucumán, Argentina.  The course, of 9 hours, was held on September 8-10, 2008 in facilities of the mentioned School, and it was in charge of Prof. Dr. Pedro Alberto Morettin (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil), ex-President and a member of the Advisory Board of IASI.


Course on “Sampling in Complex Surveys”
This course was jointly organized with the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática-INEI) of Peru.  This 10-hour course was delivered in Lima on September 9 and 10 by Vice President Ignacio Méndez Ramírez.  It had 70 in person participants, while 192 additional participants followed the course by videoconference in 14 conference rooms distributed in different regions of Peru.   In this way an ample participation of professionals from agencies of the National Statistical System (NSS) and universities, as well as users was favored.