Keynote Speakers


ASA Fellow, Prof. Ding-Geng Chen
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

Dr. (Din) Ding-Geng Chen is the Wallace H. Kuralt distinguished professor at the School of Social Work and a professor in biostatistics at the Department of Biostatistics at Gillings School of Global Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. He is also an extraordinary professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Before this, Dr. Chen was a professor in biostatistics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and the Karl E. Peace endowed eminent scholar chair and professor in biostatistics from the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at the Georgia Southern University. Dr. Chen is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), an elected member of the International Statistics Institute (ISI), and a senior expert consultant for biopharmaceuticals and government agencies with extensive expertise in clinical trial biostatistics. He has more than 200 professional publications and co-authored/co-edited 30 books on biostatistics clinical trials, biopharmaceutical statistics, interval-censored survival data analysis, meta-analysis, public health statistics, statistical causal inferences, statistical methods in big-data sciences, and Monte-Carlo simulation-based statistical modeling. He has been invited internationally to give scientific speeches, short courses, and tutorials at various scientific conferences.


Prof. Carlos A. Coelho
NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

Carlos A. Coelho is a Full Professor of Statistics at the Mathematics Department of Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of NOVA University of Lisbon. He holds a Ph.D. in Biostatistics by The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A., and his main areas of research are Mathematical Statistics and Distribution Theory, namely the derivation of Likelihood Ratio Tests for elaborate structures of covariance matrices and for MANOVA-like models under the assumption of elaborate covariance structures, as well as the study and development of exact and near-exact distributions for these and other likelihood ratio test statistics used in Multivariate Analysis. Other areas of interest are Estimation, Univariate and Multivariate Linear, Generalized Linear and Mixed Models, etc. Carlos A. Coelho is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and has served as Associate Editor in the Editorial Boards of REVSTAT and Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics and currently serves in the Editorial Boards of Journal of Applied Statistics, Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice, American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences and Discussiones Mathematicae-Probability and Statistics and is Associate Editor of the Springer Book series “Emerging Topics in Statistics and Biostatistics”. Carlos A. Coelho, a Fulbrighter, is also vice-president of Fulbrighters Portugal – the Portuguese Fulbright Alumni Association.