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Conference for Fall 2007

Fourth Symposium

Frontiers of statistical, mathematical and computational sciences (smcs)

Friday, October 26, 2007 - Saturday, October 27, 2007

Venue: Room #103, Funger Hall, The George Washington University, 2201 G Street NW, Washington, DC

With partial support from the Army Research Office, this Symposium is being hosted by the Institute for Reliability and Risk Analysis (IRRA) in the Statistics Department, and the Institute for Integrating Statistics in Decision Sciences (I²SDS), in the Department of Decision Sciences, the George Washington University. Our objective is to emphasize the potential contributions of synergistic role of these disciplines to other areas such as biological, engineering, environmental, health, physical and social sciences. This year’s symposium will focus on the metrics, models, and method of analysis of Quality of life (QOL), including aging, disabilities, and retention and rehabilitation in military services.

Day 1

0915-0930: Opening Remarks

Dean Marguerite (Peg) Barratt, Columbian College of Arts and science, and Professor of Psychology, The George Washington University.

0930-1030: Session I Chair: Dr. Chris Arney. Army Research Office

Modeling Military Retention Under Alternative Compensation Systems, James Hosek, Rand Corporation

1030-1100: Break

1100-1300: Session II Chair: Professor Tapan Nayak, GWU

Markovian Models in Cost-effectiveness Analysis, Joseph Gardiner, Michigan State University

Statistical Methods for Health Related QOL, Mounir Mesbah, Paris VI, Paris, France

1300-1445: Lunch Break

1520-1620: Session III Chair: Professor Refik Soyer, GWU

Estimating Health –Related Quality of Life, Anthony O’Hagan, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Day 2

0930-1145: Session IV Chair: Professor Qing Pan. GWU

Quality of life Technology-The Confluence of Engineering, Clinical, and Social Science, Rory Cooper, University of Pittsburgh (Introduced by Professor Hosam Mahmoud, GWU)

Challenges in Evidence Synthesis: An End-of-Life Care Systematic Review, Sally Morton, RTI International (Introduced by Professor Nozer Singpurwalla, GWU)

1030-1100: Reception/Mixer

1100-1300: Session V Chair: Professor Reza Modarres, GWU

Characterizing and Mechanically Replicating Human Movement, Roger Brockett, Harvard University

1300-1445: Adjourn

Contact Details: Jagdish Chandra, Research Professor, Department of Statistics, the George Washington University, Washington, DC. Tel: (202) 994-0179; E-mail:

Directions: Foggy Bottom/GWU metro stop is located on the Orange/Blue lines. Funger Hall is a short walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.