Thoughts from the Australian Statistical Conference 2014

I started this post as a straight review of the Australian Statistical Conference 2014, but it turned into something else about large conferences and what makes me excited about statistics (spoiler alert, the answer is data science). This year’s conference was in Sydney and was held jointly with the annual meeting of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Being held jointly with the IMS had two main effects: This was by far the biggest statistics conference I’ve been to, with some 500-600 delegates and up to 8 parallel session.