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PolyU to Host International Symposium on Forecasting

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The 29th International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) will take place in Hong Kong from 21 to 24 June 2009.

Taking the theme “Services Sector Forecasting”, the Symposium will be organised by the International Institute of Forecasters and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

ISF is a premier forecasting conference attracting many of the world’s leading forecasting researchers, practitioners and students to exchange new ideas on forecasting in the following areas:

- Time Series Models/Methods - Telecommunication Forecasting - Econometrics - Business and Marketing Applications - Finance - Supply Chain Forecasting - Data Mining - Travel and Tourism Forecasting - Judgmental Forecasting - Demographic and Social Applications - Collaborative Forecasting - Technology and Innovation Forecasting - Non-parametric Methods -Environmental and Climate Applications - Neural Network Models - Macro and Microeconomic Applications - Electricity Forecasting - and other forecasting related topics.

Professor Haiyan Song, Chair Professor and Associate Director of SHTM and the General Chair of ISF 2009, said, “The Symposium provides a platform for leading scholars to reveal their insights into cutting-edge forecasting research and practice, with a particular focus on the services sector.”

 Confirmed speakers at the symposium include the Nobel Laureate in Economics 2003, Professor Clive W. J. Granger of the University of California. The Symposium will offer three Keynote Sessions featuring prominent speakers, including:

• Professor Clive W. J. Granger – Nobel Laureate in conomics 2003; University of California, USA.

• Professor Robert Hyndman – Monash University, Australia.

• Professor Stephen F. Witt – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

Featured Speakers include:

• Professor J. Scott Armstrong – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

• Professor James Taylor – Oxford University, UK.

• Professor Lindsay Turner – Victoria University, Australia.

Three tailored Concurrent Workshops will also be offered at the Symposium:

• “Advanced Neural Networks in System Identification, Forecasting and Control Principles, Techniques and Applications” led by Dr Hans Georg Zimmermann, Principal Research Scientist, Siemens AG.

• “Seasonality Issues and Tourism Forecasting” led by Dr Kulendran Nada

• “Forecasting for Intermittent Demand” led by Hans Levenback, PhD, Delphus, Inc.

The International Institute of Forecasters is a non-profit organisation founded in 1981. The Institute holds annual symposia and workshops and edits The International Journal of Forecasting and the practitioner’s journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.

PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management in Hong Kong is a leading provider of hospitality education in the Asia Pacific region. It is ranked No. 4 among the world’s top hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research in 2005.

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