URI Distinguished Visiting International Scholars

Update: Watch Dr. Bartolucci’s talk “Shedding Light on the Mystery of Data Science: A Statistician’s View”

Francesco Bartolucci, professor of statistics at the University of Perugia in Italy, will visit the University of Rhode Island as part of the Distinguished Visiting International Scholars Program. Bartolucci will give lectures and meet with undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.

At URI for four days, Bartolucci will give a public lecture April 4 on URI’s Kingston campus entitled, “Shedding Light on the Mystery of Data Science: A Statistician’s View,” at 5:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, room 100 , 140 Flagg Road.

Bartolucci will define data science and statistics and shed light on what falls into each scientific field. He will also use cases to illustrate how data science and statistics have failed to predict the results of the presidential election in the United States or the United Kingdom’s vote to withdraw from the European Union.

On April 5, Bartolucci will participate in a workshop on “Statistical Analysis of Questionnaires: A Unified Approach in R,” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Ballentine Hall computer laboratory, 7 Lippitt Road on the Kingston campus. The workshop is free but registration is required due to a limited number of seats. “R” is a statistical software, and the workshop aims to illustrate the basic theory of Item Response Theory (IRT) models.

On April 7, Bartolucci will give a technical talk, “Latent Markov Models for Longitudinal Data,” at 11 a.m. in the College of Pharmacy building, 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston Campus, room 130. This talk is open to the public.

Bartolucci obtained a doctorate in “Mathematical and Statistical Methods for The Economic and Social Sciences” in 1999 at the University of Perugia. After serving as an assistant and an associate professor, Bartolucci became a full professor at the University of Perugia in 2007. He is also on the Academic Board of the Ph.D. program in “Econometrics and Empirical Economics” at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, as well as on the Academic Board of the Ph.D. program in “Mathematics Informatics and Statistics” at the University of Florence, jointly with the University of Perugia.

His research has been published in renowned international statistical and economic journals and presented at international conferences. Bartolucci also serves as an associate editor of the scientific journals, “Statistical Modeling” and “Metron.” He published two books and conducts research on topics such as latent variable models, marginal models for categorical data or longitudinal categorical data.

URI’s Distinguished Visiting International Scholars program aims to demonstrate URI’s commitment to research and scholarship, strengthen the emphasis on global learning and building of international collaborations as well as enhance the visibility of URI around the country and world. This program is sponsored by URI’s Office of the Provost and the Department of Computer Science and Statistics. For more information, go to http://web.uri.edu/university-events/.

Sarah Saltiel-Ragot, an international student from Sciences Po Rennes in France and an intern in URI’s Department of Marketing and Communications, wrote this news release.