DSC 2007

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A workshop on Directions in Statistical Computing, emphasizing the development of software systems and computing environments for interactive statistics. This conference follows on from the successful DSC 1999, 2001, and 2003 conferences at the Vienna University of Technology and DSC 2005 at the University of Washington in Seattle. The workshop will focus on, but is not limited to, open source statistical computing and aims to provide a platform for exchanging ideas about developments in statistical computing (rather than 'only' the usage of statistical software for applications).


Robert Gentleman, Ross Ihaka, Friedrich Leisch, Thomas Lumley, Martin Maechler, Brian Ripley, Simon Urbanek

Organising Committee

Paul Murrell, Ross Ihaka, David Scott, Thomas Yee

Program Committee

Robert Gentleman, Harold Henderson, Kurt Hornik, Friedrich Leisch, Junji Nakano, Bill Venables

Local Organisation

Sharon Walker, Suryashobha Herle, Stephen Cope

Date & Location

Date: February 15-16 2007 (2007-02-15/2007-02-16)

Location: The University of Auckland, City Campus

Corner of Wellesley Street and Princes Street.

Refer to the map.

Clocktower from Old Government House Clocktower with Sky Tower visible behind


All presenters at DSC 2007 are eligible to submit an article for the DSC proceedings, which are to be published as a special issue of the journal Computational Statistics.

If you wish to submit an article, the deadline is March 16 2007 (one month after the conference).

Please use the normal submission facilities for Computational Statistics.

Submissions should be limited to 8 pages and should be marked as a "DSC proceedings" submission (there is a "note to the editor" field for this purpose).


Early 230 360 90
Full 250 400 100
On the Day 270 440 110

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD)!

Partners are welcome at the Conference Dinner, but this will incur an additional fee of $50 (payable on-site).

Financial Support

Two sources of funding have already been allocated: An additional source of funding may now be available: If you wish to apply for financial support, please send an application to dsc2007@stat.auckland.ac.nz by February 2nd (2007-02-02) (include a brief CV and a statement that demonstrates your eligibility, your need for support, and an amount of support required - students should include the name of their supervisor). Successful applicants will be notified by email shortly after the Feb 2 deadline.

Important Dates

May 8 (2006-05-08) Call for abstracts
October 15 (2006-10-15) Abstract submission deadline
November 15 (2006-11-15) Notification of abstract acceptance (or rejection)
December 1 (2006-12-01) Early registration deadline
February 15 & 16 (2007-02-15/2007-02-16) Conference


Looking for last minute Auckland accommodation? Deals on Auckland hotels, Auckland motels and more can be booked online with Ezibed.com.

Some group rates have been worked out for accommodation. Consult the map to see where the accommodation is in relation to the conference venue.

Quest on Eden

Serviced Apartments. 52 Eden Crescent.

Quest Studio Quest 1 Bedroom Quest 2 Bedroom

Studio Apartment: $115/night. 1 Bedroom: $129/night. 2 Bedroom: $178/night.

These prices exclude GST of 12.5%.

Contact: www.QuestOnEden.co.nz; Telephone +64 9 3666 500

Copthorne Hotel Auckland Harbour City

Hotel. 196 - 200 Quay Street.

University Rate: $125/night (subject to availability). Quote group booking number 196923 for this rate.

This price excludes GST of 12.5%.

Contact: www.millenniumhotels.com; Telephone +64 9 377 0349


Serviced Student Apartments. Symonds Street. (Within spitting distance of the conference, depending on prevailing wind.)

Single Share: $35/night (shared facilities). Private Ensuite Room: $80/night (private facilities).

This price includes GST of 12.5%.

Contact: www.princeton.net.nz; Telephone +64 9 950 8300


Aerial view of Auckland City

Sandwiched between two harbours, Auckland offers bright and sunny yet quickly changeable weather in summer. View NewZealand.com for more information and activities in the region.


February has a mean of 201 hours monthly sunshine, and a mean of 19.8 degrees Celsius monthly temperature.

Current Auckland Weather from the Met Service

How to get from the Airport to the City

The simplest way is to take a taxi belonging to a reputable company (either Alert Taxis or Auckland Coop. Taxis). Cost is about NZD 50 to Downtown Auckland.

The cheapest way is to catch the Airbus. This regular service in the blue buses will take you from the airport to the Downtown area, stopping at most hotels on the way.