ICSA 30 Years Review

Date: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

The International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) was officially founded at the 1987 JSM held in San Francisco, CA, it was registered in Delaware on the 8th of August in 1988. As a result, the ICSA was qualified for a non-profit organization under the 501(3) status. The ICSA's predecessor was the Chinese Statistical Association in America (CSAA), it was created by a group of Chinese statisticians in early 1970s in the United States.

Currently, the ICSA has more than 1000 active members from all over the world, the first president was George C. Tiao in 1987. T. Tony Cai of the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania, is the current president (2017) and Aiyi Liu of National Institutes of Health is the president-elected (2017). Gang Li of Janssen Research & Development is the current executive director (2017-2019). The list of past presidents is on the link: http://www.icsa.org/icsa/node/icsa-presidents.

Until now, the ICSA has one section (Biometrics Section), four chapters (Canada, Midwest, New England, and Taiwan Chapter), one joint Committee with American Statistical Association (ASA) (Lingzi Lu Award Committee).

ICSA sponsored 3 publications. Starting from 1991, the ICSA fully sponsors "ICSA Bulletin" (2 issues per year), "Statistica Sinica" (4 issues per year), and "Statistics in Biosciences" from 2009. In addition, the ICSA Co-Sponsored "Statistics and Its Interface" from 2008. Beginning in 2015, the ICSA has published ICSA Book Series in Statistics with the help of the Springer publishing house.

ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium is the annual event for ICSA members and other statisticians, which was created from 1990. The first symposium was held on April 21,1990, at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland with 5 interesting sessions. The 2017 symposium was in Chicago, IL, it offered short courses, 159 sessions (including keynote, invited and contributed sessions), and poster presentations.

Since 1990, the ICSA has organized International statistical conferences every three years. The first one was 1990 in Hongkong, the latest one was 2016 in Shanghai.

Both in 2017 and 2018, the ICSA will organize the ICSA China conferences. The first one will be held at Jilin city on July 2-5, 2017. The 2018 ICSA China conference will be held at Qingdao on July 2-5, 2018.

Thank you to all our members for your support throughout past decades! Wishing our members and our community a successful future filled with health and happiness! We look forward to working with all our members in the future.

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