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    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 17 Jun 2020


    WNAR/IMS/KISS/JR Annual Meeting

    June 14-17


    The 2020 WNAR/IMS meeting will be in Anchorage, Alaska from June 14-17. Join us during the season of the midnight sun in Alaska’s largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Anchorage is a place rich in culture, history, natural wonders, and wildlife.

    Photo Courtesy of Visit Anchorage

    Scientific Program

    Short Courses

    Invited Oral Sessions

    Contributed Oral Sessions

    Student Paper Sessions

    Poster Session

    Social Program

    Welcome Reception

    Presidential Invited Address & Reception (topic)

    New Investigators Lunch

    Banquet and Awards

    See for more details. 

    Invited session proposal submission ended on January 31, 2020 

    Early bird registration ends on March 31, 2020

    Contributed paper abstract submission ends on March 31, 2020

    Student paper abstract submission ends on March 31, 2020

    Student paper submission ends on May 15, 2020

    Online registration ends on June 7, 2020

    Onsite registration will be available Sunday morning and evening and Monday morning of the conference at late registration rates, payable by credit card or check.

    Student paper competition and registration
    All student members must register for the meeting. Student paper abstracts will be submitted during the registration process.  Students who participate in the student paper competition will be reimbursed for the cost of registration at the event. Students must register for the conference and submit their abstract on or before March 31, 2020. Student must submit their papers on or before May 15, 2020.  Student paper competition participants can also join our banquet for free! More information about the student paper competition can be found here.

    Program agenda - coming soon...

    Short courses

      • Short course I (full day) on Sunday, June 14, 2020: 

      An Introduction to Deep Learning with Biometric Applications (details).


      - Christopher K. Wikle, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, U. Missouri

      - Dan Pagendam, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Data61, Australia

      - J. Jay Barber, Associate Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cybersystems, Northern Arizona University

      • Short course II (half day) on the morning of Sunday, June 14, 2020

      Bayesian Adaptive Methods for Clinical Trials in the 21st Century (details).


      - Ben Saville, Ph.D. Senior Statistical Scientist, Berry Consultants Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University
      - Anna McGlothlin, Ph.D. Senior Statistical Scientist, Berry Consultants 

      • Short course III (half day) on the afternoon of Sunday, June 14, 2020

      RMST-based survival analysis methods for non-proportional hazards (details).


      - Lu Tian, Professor, Department of Biomedical Data Science of Stanford University. 


      The Hilton Anchorage (500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501) is our preferred accommodation. Limited rooms are being held at a discounted rate available from June 10, 2020 to June 20, 2020. The Hilton Anchorage is conveniently located at downtown Anchorage, a short walk to city's most popular attractions, dining, and shopping.

      Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTON and asking for Group Code: WNAR20. Or you can book online through and type the Group Code "WNAR20" under "Add Special Rate Codes". Our group rate must be booked before May 27, 2020.  Please use the Hilton website link or phone number directly to book your room with the code. Please do not use external travel sites. WNAR's contract for the conference space requires WNAR to fill a certain number of reservations through the WNAR conference code at the hotel. Please help WNAR fulfill this obligation by using the WNAR Group Code "WNAR20" for your reservation. 

      Hilton Anchorage group rates
      Single    $279.00         Triple  $299.00
      Double  $279.00         Quad    $319.00
      All room rates are subject to local bed tax of 12%.  Anchorage has no sales tax.

      UAA Campus Housing

      Limited campus dormitory housing is available to our attendees at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) at a discounted rate of $65.00 per night per person. Dormitory room type depends on availability on campus. Please click here for more details.  A short commute is required from UAA to the conference venue (Hilton) via public or other type of transportation. Attendees can request for campus housing by filling out forms on this website.

      All room rates are subject to local bed tax of 12%. 

      Registration and Program Question

      Local organizer: Jiaqi Huang

      Program chair:  Yingqi Zhao

      Cancellation policy

      The registration fee for presenting participants (speakers/panelists/chairs/ organizers/poster presenters) is nonrefundable, though substitutions may be made at no penalty.

      For general registrations and add-on items:

      Cancellations received after 5:00 p.m. PST on May 1st, 2020, will not be refunded. All cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing.

      Please contact if you have any questions.

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