Jeannette Wing and David Madigan, Columbia University, are the Event Co-Chairs of the ACM–IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science (June 15, 2019, in San Francisco). They invite you to attend:

Data Science has emerged as a pivotal academic discipline with statistics and computer science at its core. Exciting new opportunities exist for statisticians and the IMS has a number of data science-related thrusts underway. One key initiative that we are delighted to share with you is a joint venture with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with nearly 100,000 members all over the world. We have launched the joint venture to propel data science and to engage and energize our communities to work together. The creation of a joint ACM–IMS membership option [announced in the previous issue: see] is one of our first accomplishments.

The joint venture’s first event will be the ACM–IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco ( This full-day launch event will bring together distinguished speakers and panelists addressing topics such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, fairness, and ethics, in addition to discussions about the future of data science and the role of ACM and IMS. Jeff Dean from Google, David Donoho from Stanford, and Daphne Koller from insitro will deliver keynotes. Other IMS speakers include Andrew Gelman, Columbia; Michael Jordan, UC Berkeley; Xiao-Li Meng, Harvard; Richard Samworth, Cambridge; Adrian Smith, Turing Institute; and Bin Yu, UC Berkeley.

We want to thank the ACM, and especially its executive director Vicki Hanson, for being so supportive. We also want to thank the members of the organizing committee for assembling such a terrific program: Magdalena Balazinska, University of Washington; Joseph Gonzalez, UC Berkeley; Chris Holmes, Oxford; Ryan Tibshirani, CMU; and Daniela Witten, University of Washington. We also thank Liza Levina, University of Michigan, co-chair of the IMS task force on the ACM–IMS partnership1.

Please join us in San Francisco.

There will be limited seating, so register early at

1  David Madigan is the other co-chair of this ACM–IMS task force.