Workshop on Missing Data Challenges in Computation, Statistics and Applications

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 09:00 to Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 17:00


The workshop is organized by Laura Balzano (IAS/University of Michigan), Bianca Dumitrascu (IAS/ SAMSI), and Boaz Nadler (IAS/Weizmann Institute of Science) and will take place in Simonyi Hall 101.

Missing data is ubiquitous in statistical analysis. In genomics, novel single cell technologies allow for the collection of data sets where individual cells are characterized by whether genes are expressed or not, but only the values exceeding a particular threshold can be detected. In social sciences, in survey data, participants might choose to not answer particular questions. In healthcare, only one dosage of a medication can be tried at any particular time, or discomfort associated with particular medications might compel a patient to drop out of a given treatment. While significant theoretical results in dealing with missing data exist, there is a wide variability in the set of tools used within particular disciplines. Domain specific knowledge and jargon make it difficult for experts from different disciplines to effectively communicate and share knowledge regarding challenges and state-of-the-art methodology. Bringing together practitioners and theorists alike, this workshop will provide a platform for discussing progress related to inference and computational challenges emerging across disciplines where missing data is an issue and identifying promising venues where theory provide insight into data analysis.


Speakers who have confirmed participation:

Gurinder Singh Atwal, Nicolas Boumal, Florentina Bunea, Eric Chi, Mark Davenport, Barbara Englehardt, Anna Gilbert, Kosuke Imai, Rafael Irizarry, Julie Josse, Sanmi Koyejo, Rod Little, Anru Zhang and Nancy Zhang.


Registration: to come

If you have any problems with registration or other practical questions, please write to Michelle Huguenin (

Registration for the meals and workshop are required. (Speakers and organizers do not need to register)  



The school has a limited amount of funds available to help support graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who may wish to attend the workshop at the Institute.  Please send your CV, research statement and a letter from a mathematician who knows your work to Michelle Huguenin at  The deadline for submission is February 6, 2020. Funded registrants will be notified by February 10.

Poster Session:

A few slots are being reserved to showcase work in a poster session by young researchers (grads and postdocs) who will be in attendance of the workshop. To be considered please send an email to Michelle Huguenin ( by January 29 with a title and abstract in the body of the email along with a research statement in pdf format.

Selected presenters will be invited and notified by February 10.