2020 WNAR Anchorage

  • 14 Jun 2020
  • 17 Jun 2020


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

2020  WNAR/IMS/KISS/JR Annual Meeting


CANCELED (Student Paper Competition still on!)


Due to the health concerns associated with the ongoing pandemic and complying with the government's guidance, WNAR committee has decided to cancel the 2020 meeting in Anchorage, Alaska (June 14 - 17, 2020). For those who have already registered for the meeting, registration fees will be fully refunded.  Please contact your airlines or hotels for cancellation if you have already made reservations. 

WNAR is planning to hold its 2021 Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.  Dates and venue for the future meeting are under planning.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We thank our partners and members for their supports and efforts. We wish everyone stay healthy and safe! 

Student Paper Competition is still ON!
We will continue to run our popular Student Paper Competition remotely. The best student paper awards will be selected from the student papers submitted. The oral presentation of Student Paper Competition will be held online through Zoom. The deadline to submit the abstract is April 21, 2020.  The deadline to submit the paper is May 15, 2020


Abstracts and papers should be submitted via email to Student Paper Competition Committee Chair Harold Bae (wnar2020.student.comp@gmail.com).

The abstract should follow the below guidelines:
•    Title of the abstract
•    Abstract body (maximum of 1200 characters)
•    Authors and affiliations
•    Information for the corresponding author (i.e. the student information), which includes first and last name, email, affiliation, and current degree program.

Guidelines for manuscripts
Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in manuscript format, using Biometrics guidelines for authors (single column format is fine). They are limited to 10 pages including tables and figures, but exclusive of references. One-inch margins and at least 10-point font must be used. Reported research should be relevant to biometrics applications. An appendix is allowed; however, it may contain only non-essential information (e.g., proofs) and your paper must be complete without the appendix. The reported work must be that of the student, although collaborators may be co-authors, provided that the student is the first author.

Students should submit a blinded version of their paper, with author and institution information removed from the document.

Because we cancelled the annual conference, travel support for students who participate in the competition will no longer be provided.

The 2020 WNAR/IMS/KISS/JR meeting will be in Anchorage, Alaska from June 14-17. Join us during the season of the midnight sun in Alaska’s largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Anchorage is a place rich in culture, history, natural wonders, and wildlife.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Anchorage

Scientific Program

Short Courses

Invited Oral Sessions

Contributed Oral Sessions

Student Paper Sessions

Poster Session

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Presidential Invited Address & Reception (topic)

New Investigators Lunch

Banquet and Awards

See http://www.wnar.org/WNAR2020submission for more details. 

Invited session proposal submission ended on January 31, 2020 

Early bird registration ends on March 31, 2020

Contributed paper abstract submission ends on March 31, 2020

Student paper abstract submission ends on April 21, 2020

Student paper submission ends on May 15, 2020

Online registration ends on June 7, 2020

Onsite registration will be available Sunday morning and evening and Monday morning of the conference at late registration rates, payable by credit card or check.

Student paper competition and registration
All student members must register for the meeting. Student paper abstracts will be submitted during the registration process.  Students who participate in the student paper competition will be reimbursed for the cost of registration at the event. Students must register for the conference and submit their abstract on or before March 31, 2020. Student must submit their papers on or before May 15, 2020.  Student paper competition participants can also join our banquet for free! More information about the student paper competition can be found here.

Program agenda - coming soon...

Short courses

    • Short course I (full day) on Sunday, June 14, 2020: 

    An Introduction to Deep Learning with Biometric Applications (details).


    - Christopher K. Wikle, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, U. Missouri

    - Dan Pagendam, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Data61, Australia

    - J. Jay Barber, Associate Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cybersystems, Northern Arizona University

    • Short course II (half day) on the morning of Sunday, June 14, 2020

    Bayesian Adaptive Methods for Clinical Trials in the 21st Century (details).


    - Ben Saville, Ph.D. Senior Statistical Scientist, Berry Consultants Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University
    - Anna McGlothlin, Ph.D. Senior Statistical Scientist, Berry Consultants 

    • Short course III (half day) on the afternoon of Sunday, June 14, 2020

    RMST-based survival analysis methods for non-proportional hazards (details).


    - Lu Tian, Professor, Department of Biomedical Data Science of Stanford University. 


    The Hilton Anchorage (500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501) is our preferred accommodation. Limited rooms are being held at a discounted rate available from June 10, 2020 to June 20, 2020. The Hilton Anchorage is conveniently located at downtown Anchorage, a short walk to city's most popular attractions, dining, and shopping.

    Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTON and asking for Group Code: WNAR20. Or you can book online through www.hiltonanchorage.com and type the Group Code "WNAR20" under "Add Special Rate Codes". Our group rate must be booked before May 27, 2020.  Please use the Hilton website link or phone number directly to book your room with the code. Please do not use external travel sites. WNAR's contract for the conference space requires WNAR to fill a certain number of reservations through the WNAR conference code at the hotel. Please help WNAR fulfill this obligation by using the WNAR Group Code "WNAR20" for your reservation. 

    Hilton Anchorage group rates
    Single    $279.00         Triple  $299.00
    Double  $279.00         Quad    $319.00
    All room rates are subject to local bed tax of 12%.  Anchorage has no sales tax.

    Very limited amount of rooms are available with Hilton at federal government rate ($229 + tax) for qualified attendees. Please contact here for this special rate on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    UAA Campus Housing

    Limited campus dormitory housing is available to our attendees at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) at a discounted rate of $65.00 per night per person. Dormitory room type depends on availability on campus. Please click here for more details.  A short commute is required from UAA to the conference venue (Hilton) via public or other type of transportation. Attendees can request for campus housing by filling out forms on this website.

    All room rates are subject to local bed tax of 12%. 

    Onsite Amenities

    A lactation room will be provided during the conference at Hilton.

    Registration and Program Question

    Local organizer: Jiaqi Huang

    Program chair:  Yingqi Zhao

    Cancellation policy

    The registration fee for presenting participants (speakers/panelists/chairs/ organizers/poster presenters) is nonrefundable, though substitutions may be made at no penalty.

    For general registrations and add-on items:

    Cancellations received after 5:00 p.m. PST on May 15, 2020, will not be refunded. All cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing.

    Please contact wnar@wnar.org if you have any questions.

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