Dec 16, 2014

Meeting report: Bangladesh Statistics Seminar

Professor Shahjahan Khan is an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, and a member of IMS. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Statistical Society. He served as the President of ISOSS from 2005–2011. He reports on a statistics seminar at which he contributed:

The Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) organised a seminar on the “Dominant Role of Statistics in Contemporary Science and Technology” at its auditorium in the Bangladesh Science Museum Buildings in Dhaka on 1 October 2014. The speaker of the seminar was Professor Shahjahan Khan, University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Founding Chief Editor of the Journal of Applied Probability and Statistics (JAPS), who was elected as an Expatriate Fellow of BAS last year.

The seminar was attended by a record audience, and the presentation covered various contemporary problems in the area of health, medicine, engineering, climate, environment, big data etc., and highlighted how statistics is playing an increasingly dominant role in state-of-the-art research in solving the complex issues of our time. Some interesting comments emphasizing the importance of statistics in the medical and physical sciences were made by the audience.

The President of BAS, Professor Mesbahuddin Ahmad, presided over the seminar, and the Secretary of BAS, Prof Khawaja M S Aziz introduced the speaker. In addition to the members on the executive committee of BAS a large number of scientists, including the immediate past President of BAS, Professor M Shamsher Ali, a former President of Bangladesh Statistical Association, Professor M Kabir, and Professor Liaquat Ali, Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, along with a number of senior biostatisticians and statisticians, participated in the event.

Later in the session, the President of BAS presented a copy of the Academy’s Year Book to Professor Shahjahan Khan along with some memorabilia.
The Bangladesh Academy of Sciences was established in 1973 with Dr Kudrat-e-Khuda as the Founding President and 13 Fellows to promote research in pure and applied sciences and enhance their practical applications to national welfare in Bangladesh. The Academy is the leading scientific organization of scientists of eminence in Bangladesh and represents the scientific community of the country. Currently there are 112 elected Fellows of the Academy.

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Seminar Speaker Prof Shahjahan Khan (standing) and BAS President Prof Mesbahuddin Ahmad (sitting)


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