The Annual General Meeting of the NSW Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia will be held on Tuesday 10th March at UTS. It will be followed by the annual Lancaster lecture which is to be delivered this year by Professor Thomas Lumley from the University of Auckland. All are welcome at the lecture. Some refreshments will be provided prior to the AGM. Other details appear below. Cheers, Michael ================== Venue: CB11.04.401, University of Technology Sydney, Building 11 (FEIT Building) 81-115 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007 Schedule: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Refreshments 6:30 - 7:00pm: AGM 7:00 - 8:00pm: Lancaster Lecture 8:15pm onwards: Dinner (TBC) Data Science: Will Computer Science and Informatics Eat Our Lunch? Mainstream statistics ignored computing for many years, so that students were taught to handle infinite N, but not N of a million. Practical estimation of conditional probabilities and conditional distributions in large data sets was often left to computer science and informatics. Although statistics started behind, we are catching up: many individual statisticians and some statistics departments are taking computing seriously. More importantly, applied statistics has a long tradition of understanding how to formulate questions: large-scale empirical data can tell you a lot of things, but not what your question is. Big Data are not only Big but Complex, Messy, Badly Sampled, and Creepy. These are problems that statistics has thought about for some time, so we have the opportunity to take all the shiny computing technology that other people have developed and use it to re-establish statistics at the centre of data science. Biography of Professor Thomas Lumley Thomas Lumley attended Monash University (B.Sc.(Hons) in Pure Mathematics), the University of Oxford (M.Sc. in Applied Statistics) and the University of Washington, Seattle (PhD in Biostatistics). He spent twelve years on the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington, and then moved to Auckland in 2010. He is still an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with -- currently, the design and analysis of a DNA resequencing study.