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2015 Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference
Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 November 2015
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Joint Conference of the NZ Statistical Association and Operations Research Society of NZ


The New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) and the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) are holding a joint conference hosted by University of Canterbury at their Dovedale campus (College of Education on the campus map). This conference incorporates both the 66th Annual NZSA Conference and the 49th annual ORSNZ Conference. The conference will cover all practical and theoretical aspects of statistics and operations research (OR). Papers at the intersection of these areas, including those in analytics, are particularly welcome.

Please check here regularly for updates and changes. The finalised high-level programme is available to download from the programme tab.

Overview Schedule of Events

  • Monday 23 November: Statistics Education Session and Canterbury Mathematics Association Teachers Day
  • Monday 23 November: R Workshop led by John Maindonald - Erskine Building
  • Tuesday 24 November: Registration opens, 8:00, Formal Welcome and Conference Opening, 8:45, Sessions 9:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 24 November: 10:30-12:00 SAS Visual Analytics Workshop - see programme tab for details
  • Tuesday 24 November: NZ Analytics Forum Event - starts 2:30 programme details here
  • Tuesday 24 November: 5:15-6:15 NZSA AGM
  • Tuesday 24 November: 6:30 Conference Dinner. Christchurch post-earthquake cuisine (aka food trucks) in Staff Club grounds. Partners and friends welcome to pay as they consume.
  • Wednesday 25 November: Sessions 9.00-5:00
  • Wednesday 25 November: 12:30-1:30 ORSNZ AGM
  • Wednesday 25 November: Young Statisticians Event
  • Thursday 26 November: Sessions start, 9.00, Conference closes 14.00 - after lunch
  • Friday 27 November: Julia Workshop led by Arin Basu - Erskine Building


As part of the conference there will be a workshop before and one after the conference.

Modern Regression Techniques in R, presented by John Maindonald on Monday 23 November - details here
An Introduction to Julia, presented by Arin Basu on Friday 27 November - details here

You can attend the workshops without coming to the conference

Costs for each workshop


  • Attending conference $150
  • If not attending conference $250


  • Attending conference $50
  • If not attending conference $100

Note: If you are a student and you attend the workshop and do a presentation or provide a poster at this conference your fee for one workshop will be refunded. However you must register prior to the workshop to attend

Registration and Fees

Registration is closed

Conference fees are as follows:

Early student (includes conference dinner)NZ$100.00
Early NZSA or ORSNZ member (includes conference dinner)NZ$300.00
Early non-member (includes conference dinner)NZ$380.00
Late student (includes conference dinner)NZ$150.00
Late NZSA or ORSNZ member (includes conference dinner)NZ$400.00
Late non-member (includes conference dinner)NZ$480.00

The closing date for the earlybird registrations was Saturday 31 October 2015, so are now closed.


Submissions are closed.

Plenary Speakers

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics

9:00 Tuesday Richard Boys (Newcastle University) Bayesian inference for stochastic kinetic models using data on proportions

ORSNZ Plenary

9:00 Wednesday Geoff Pritchard (University of Auckland) Stochastic processes for hydrological optimization problems

NZSA conference Committee Plenary

13:30 Wednesday Thomas Lumley (University of Auckland) Data Science: Will Computing and Informatics Eat Our Lunch?

Last Day Plenary
9:00 Thursday Richard Boys (Newcastle University) On the ranking of Test match batsmen

Click programme tab at the left for abstracts.

Financial Assistance for NZSA Student Presenters

To be eligible for these awards, applicants must:

  • Be qualified to register as a student. This requires that the delegate is a full-time student at the time of registration. Students must provide proof of their enrolment (a signed letter from a supervisor or lecturer will suffice) when registering or to the registration desk at the conference.
  • Submit their talk abstract with their application.
  • Provide a single page academic CV.
  • Provide a one-paragraph summary on why they are requesting funding and how attending the conference will be beneficial to their career.
Due to limited funds, if you wish to apply for a student travel award, notify Martin Hazelton as soon as possible.
Documentation as listed above must be provided before 31 October 2015.

NZSA Best Student Presentation

The NZSA encourages presentations from students at its annual conferences, and as an enticement, prizes are awarded for the best student presentations. All student delegates that present are automatically entered into the competition. Harmonic Analytics are sponsoring prizes for the best student talks again at the 2015 conference.

Conference Organisation

Richard Penny (Chair NZSA; Statistics New Zealand), Carl Scarrott (University of Canterbury), Elena Moltchanova (University of Canterbury), John Créquer (Chair ORSNZ; Statistics New Zealand), Shakira Suwan (Webmeister; University of Canterbury), Michael O'Sullivan (University of Auckland), Andrea Raith (University of Auckland), Alix Peacock.


We gratefully acknowledge financial support of this conference by our platinum sponsor, SAS.