ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
We have a superlative program this year. I was (and still am) convinced that we could have had a safe, enjoyable conference at the Tropicana, adhering to all mandates that have been imposed by New Jersey and the hotel to protect registrants from the deescalating pandemic. Unfortunately, an insufficient number of potential registrants and their employers shared my opinion for us to hold a financially viable onsite meeting so that we must again meet virtual. Fred Balch did an exceptional job of managing our virtual conference last year and I’m certain that he’ll again do an almost perfect job to avoid the few rather amusing ZOOM glitches we had last year.
Our 3-hour tutorial format together with our highly competent instructors will still provide an exceptional interactive learning experience. While I’m loath to admit it, virtual even has the advantage of being less distractive. I look forward to seeing you online but as an optimistic octogenarian I much more look forward to seeing you in person again next year.
Stay safe and healthy,
Walter R. Young
The conference was first held under the auspices of the Planning And Statistics Division of the War Production Board at Princeton University in December 1945, with one of the participants being Dr. W. Edwards Deming. The War Board held another meeting in December 1946. Then the conference was renamed the Princeton Conference and held annually at Princeton University.
The Metropolitan Section of the ASA first sponsored it. In the early fifties, sponsorship was transferred to the Metropolitan Section of the ASQ. In 1971, the Biopharmaceutical Section of the ASA and in 1979 the Statistics Division of the ASQ assumed cosponsorship.
For the first 25 years, members of the Statistics Department of Princeton University were heavily involved in its organization, in particular, Professor J. Stuart Hunter. In 1970, its chair was assumed by Walter R. Young who has held it ever since. Before, Mr. Young assumed the chairmanship, the conference started after lunch on Friday and ended after lunch on Saturday
The conference then steadily grew in attendance and length. Book sales and tutorials based on recently published texts started in 1976. The conference had a peak attendance of 476 in 1977 and assumed its present all tutorial and 2 two-day short course format in 1979. In 1979, due to its size, the conference was transferred to Villanova University for one year and then held at Newark Airport for five years. It was moved to its current site in Atlantic City in 1985.
Dr. Deming spoke at the conference on numerous occasions. In 1980, the conference established the Deming Medal, which was awarded at the conference to outstanding statisticians and quality control practitioners for the next 17 years. The awarding of the medal was then transferred to the ASQ. Dr Deming gave the conference’s keynote address in 13 of these years. He died immediately after the conference in 1993. The conference was named in his honor the following year.
Prof. Stuart Hunter was invited as a keynote speaker at the 68th (2012) Deming Conference. He gave an excellent talk about the history of the Deming Conference. His presentation slides are available here. Walter Young wrote an excellent article about the conference history, Some Non-statistical Reminiscences of My 50 Years of Chairing the Deming Conference.
For a list of speakers and committee members at the past Deming Conferences, click here
The current purpose of the 3-day Deming Conference on Applied Statistics is to provide a learning experience on recent developments in statistical methodologies in biopharmaceutical applications.
The purpose of the 3-day Deming Conference on Applied Statistics is to provide a learning experience on recent developments in statistical methodologies in biopharmaceutical applications. The conference is composed of twelve three-hour tutorials on current topics in applied biopharmaceutical statistics and FDA regulations, and a one-hour distinguished keynote speaker on each of the 3 days of the conference. The books, on which these sessions are based, are available for sale at an approximately 40% discount. Attendees will receive hard copy program proceedings of the presentations.
There will be no Poster Session this year.
The conference is sponsored by the American Statistical Association Biopharmaceutical Section. Walter Young has chaired this conference for 52 consecutive years. The program committee is composed of: Alfred Balch, Joseph Borden, Ivan Chan, (Din) Ding-Geng Chen, Kalyan Ghosh, Satish Laroia, Sofia Paul, Naitee Ting, Bill Wang, Wenjin Wang, Yibin Wang, Li-an Xu, Walter Young and Pinggao Zhang.