Stu Hunter Research Conference 2016

Stu Hunter
 March 6-9, 2016 in Waterloo, Canada.


The fourth annual Stu Hunter Research Conference will be held at the Delta Hotel in Waterloo Canada from Sunday March 6 to Wednesday March 9, 2016. The Conference ends at 5:00 pm Wednesday afternoon. Waterloo is about 100 km west of Toronto on the way to Detroit. As in previous years, the Conference is by invitation only and will be limited to approximately 60 participants. Conference honoree Stu Hunter will attend the conference.

The format is the same as previous Hunter Conferences with two speakers each day, two discussants per speaker and ample opportunity for discussion from the floor. New this year, we plan to have a poster session designed to highlight the work of some younger participants.

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We thank the following sponsors for their substantive monetary support:

  • Business and Industrial Statistics Research Group, University of Waterloo
  • Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI), Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Statistics 
  • Institute for Industrial and Business Statistics, University of Amsterdam
  • Minitab Statistical Software
  • SAS Institute Inc.
  • The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo

Hunter logo sponsors

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How to get to Waterloo

Toronto Pearson International Airport is about 90 km from Waterloo; you can drive to the Delta Hotel in about 1 hour.

Airways Transit connects Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), with the Waterloo area providing 24/7 door to door shared ride service. Airways Transit has provided a reduced single passenger conference rate of $79.00 one way, tax included. Advance reservations are required. You can book this on line on the Airways Transit website. Enter booking code: HUNTER 2016 (enter exactly as shown) or by phone 24 hours: 519 886 2121 – Identify yourself as a Hunter 2016 delegate.

Alternatively, American Airlines has twice-daily flights from Chicago to our local Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) that is about 15 km from the Delta Hotel.

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Registration Process

The conference fee is Cdn$800. This fee includes accommodation for three nights (March 6, 7 & 8) and all meals from Sunday evening March 6 to lunch on Wednesday March 9.  If you wish to stay extra nights, before or after the Conference, please include these dates on the registration form you received with your invitation. Payment for the extra nights at the hotel (~$180 per night) and any incidental expenses can be paid on check-out.

Because the Conference is by invitation only, the registration process is as follows:

  1. Complete the registration form attached to your invitation email and  submit it to Kitti Muzslai.
  2. Kitti will book your hotel room for the dates requested (including extra nights).
  3. Kitti will then send you a confirmation number, instructions, and how to pay the Cdn$800 Conference fee by credit card.
  4. After payment is made, you will receive a receipt by email from the Delta Hotel confirming your place at the Conference.

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Here is a .pdf containing all 6 papers (actually 5 papers and 1 set of slides) for the Hunter conference 2016. From inside the pdf you can use the bookmarks to quickly navigate to each of the papers. Please do not share these papers with people who are not attending the conference.

(Monday - Wednesday)


8:45 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 10:30 am
30 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:3
0 pm

Opening Remarks (Monday only)
Plenary Talk

Morning Session

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Plenary Talk

Afternoon Session
(Monday & Tuesday)

Stu Hunter Conference 2016 attendees

Stu Hunter anteendees

There will be a reception on Sunday 6:30-8:30 pm. There is also a future conference planning dinner on Wednesday 6:30-9:30 pm.

Confirmed Attendees

The 6 conference plenary speakers and tentative talk titles and abstracts are:


Bill Woodall
Virginia Tech
"Basic Statistical Process Monitoring: Reassessing the Gap between Theory and Practice"

Discussants: Fred Faltin, The Faltin Group; Ronald Does, University of Amsterdam

Moderator: Allison Jones-Farmer, Miami University

Christine Anderson-Cook
Los Alamos National Lab
"Optimizing in a Complex World"

Discussants: Ron Kenett, KPA Group; Brad Jones, SAS

Moderator: Steve Rigdon, Saint Louis University


Galit Shmueli
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
"Analyzing Behavioral Big Data: Methodological, Practical, Ethical and Moral Issues"

Discussants: Roger Hoerl, Union College; Kwok Tsui, City University of Hong Kong

Moderator: Maria Weese, Miami University

Dave Woods
University of Southampton
"Bayesian design of experiments for industrial and scientific applications via Gaussian processes"

Discussants: Derek Bingham, Simon Fraser University;
Geoff Vining, Virginia Tech

Moderator: Jason Loeppky, University of British Columbia


Alyson Wilson

North Carolina State University
"Bayesian Reliability: Combining Information"

Discussants: Tim Davis, University of Warwick; Rong Pan, Arizona State University

Moderator: Bovas Abraham, University of Waterloo

Richard Jarrett
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide
"Does theory work in practice? Two case studies"

Discussants: Jeroen de Mast, University of Amsterdam; Fernando Camacho, University of Waterloo and DAMOS

Moderator: Chris Nachtsheim, University of Minnesota

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Contact Us

Please email any questions to Kitti Muzslai.

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(updated July 10, 2016)