The Open University

        Statistics Group


       presents a one-day conference



The Geometry of Data Analysis (Gowerfest II)

to be held on

Monday 19th July, 2010

at the Open University in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.


This one-day conference, organised to celebrate John Gower's 80th birthday, highlights recent and on-going research made in collaboration with him or inspired by his geometric approach to data analysis.

The conference will include 8 invited talks along with a special introduction by David Hand (Imperial College, London). We also invite submissions for poster presentations on relevant topics. If you wish to submit a poster for presentation, please complete the relevant section of the registration form. The cost of the conference is 30 pounds. This includes registration, coffee, lunch and tea.

The conference will start at 10.00 a.m. and end at 5.30 p.m. It will take place on the Open University campus at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.

Organising committee (in alphabetical order): Frank Critchley, Sarah Frain, John Gower and Karen Vines.



  • Niel Le Roux (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

  • Sugnet Lubbe (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

  • Giuseppe Bove (University Roma Tre, Italy)

  • Patrick Groenen (Erasmus University, The Netherlands)

  • Ludovic Lebart (Telecom-ParisTech, France)

  • Casper Albers (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    Missing values in general forms of Procrustes Analysis

  • Wojtek Krzanowski (University of Exeter, UK):
    Optimal Predictive Partitioning

  • Mark de Rooij (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

  • Frank Critchley (The Open University, UK)

Abstracts for invited oral presentations and contributed posters can be found here.

Draft timetable

09.30 Registration desk opens

10.00 Coffee and pastries

10.30 Opening
10.40 - 11.00 Introduction - David Hand
11.00 - 12.00 Talk 1: Niel Le Roux and Sugnet Lubbe
12.00 - 12.30 Talk 2: Giuseppe Bove

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch + posters

14.00 - 14.30 Talk 3: Patrick Groenen
14.30 - 15.00 Talk 4: Ludovic Lebart
15.00 - 15.30 Talk 5: Casper Albers

15.30 - 16.00 Tea and biscuits

16.00 - 16.30 Talk 6: Wojtek Krzanowski
16.30 - 17.00 Talk 7: Mark de Rooij
17.00 - 17.30 Talk 8: Frank Critchley

17.30 Close of conference

Registration and further information

For more information, please contact the Statistics Group Secretary, Mrs. Sarah Frain, e-mail:


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