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ÖSG Austrian Statistics Days 2023

In the fifth decade of the digital revolution, the amount of data is growing exponentially worldwide. This is a great opportunity for evidence-based decisions in society, business and politics with which more growth and prosperity can be achieved, more ecological, economic and social sustainability can be and today's crises can be better overcome. However, information and knowledge are growing far less dynamically than the amount of data. As a result, many development opportunities remain unused. The Statistics Days 2023 will focus on the question of what conditions must be met so that the growing wealth of data can be better used for the benefit of society. New developments in academic, official and applied statistics will be presented and discussed, such as the use of new data sources, the application of new methods and models, or questions of data governance and data stewardship.

We look forward to your participation and exchange with you! 

For the organizing committee, 

Prof. Dr. Tobias Thomas, Director General Statistics Austria and Vice President ÖSG

Please note: The ÖSG Austrian Statistics Days 2023 are fully booked. Participation is no longer possible this year.

Conference programme

Apart from the evening sessions on 4 October and 5 October, the sessions take place at Statistics Austria:


Day 1: Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Start: 11.00 am
End: 6.30 pm
starting at 6.30 pm reception at the Austrian Central Bank

11.00–12.00 am Registration
12.00–12.15 pm Welcome: Prof. Dr. Andreas Futschik, Johannes Kepler University Linz, President ÖSG and Prof. Dr. Tobias Thomas Director General Statistics Austria, Vice President ÖSG
12.15 pm Opening: Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek, Federal Minister BMBWF
Opening Session 1 (plenary): Data Governance, National Data Strategies and Digital Revolution
Chair: Prof. Dr. Tobias Thomas Director General Statistics Austria, Vice President ÖSG
12.30–2.00 pm Keynote 1: Standards, Peer Reviews, Data Stewardship – The role of Official Statistics in the emerging Dataecosystems Mariana Kotzeva, Director General Eurostat
Keynote 2: Data Excellence: Approaching a National Data Strategy for Austria
Dr. Michael Stampfer, Managing Director WWTF
Keynote 3: National data management (NaDB) in Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director Federal Statistical Office BFS, Vice-Chair UN Statistical Commission

2.00–2.30 pm Coffee break

Session 2 (panel): Digital Humanism – Data use for the benefit of society
Chair: Dr. Erich Prem, TU Vienna
2.30–3.45 pm Presentation 1: Prof. Dr. Hannes Werthner, TU Vienna
Presentation 2: Sylvia Kritzinger, University of Vienna
Presentation 3: Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgo, University of Vienna

3.45–4.45 pm Bus transfer to the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB), organised by Statistics Austria. Please note: Due to fire safety regulations, a maximum of 80 people can be admitted to this part of the event. The first 80 registrations will be considered.

Session 3 (panel): OeNB-Panel: Better data for evidence-based decisions in economy and politics
Chair: Dr. Johannes Turner, OeNB
4.45–6.30 pm Keynote 4: Prof. Dr. Robert Holzmann, Gouverneur OeNB
Discussant 1: Mariana Kotzeva, Director General Eurostat
Discussant 2: Christiane Wendehorst, University of Vienna, Division President ÖAW
Discussant 3: Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr PhD, Director WIFO
Discussant 4: Prof. Dr. Tobias Thomas, Director General Statistics Austria, Vice President ÖSG
starting at 6.30 pm OeNB reception Sponsor: OeNB

Day 2: Thursday, 5 October 2023

Start: 9.00 am
End: 7.30 pm
starting at 7.30 pm reception in the premises of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Session 4 (plenary): Functional and shape data analysis
Chair: Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Peter Filzmoser, TU Vienna
9.00–9.45 am Keynote 5: Functional and shape data analysis Sonja Greven Humboldt-University Berlin
9.50–10.30 am Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter Filzmoser, TU Vienna
Presentation 1: A functional Factor Model for Modeling Sparse and Noisey Multi-Population Data; Gregor Zens MSc, IIASA
Presentation 2: Factor-based reconstruction of partially observed functional data; Dipl.-Ing. Maximilian Ofner BSc, TU Graz
10.30–11.00 am Coffee break
Session 5 (plenary): Austrian Micro Data Center (AMDC) – Data access for science
Chair: Mag. Harald Titz MSc, BMBWF
11.00–12.00 am Presentation 1: The Austrian Micro Data Center; Tobias Göllner BSc MSc, Statistics Austria
Presentation 2: Analysis of Education and Employment Trajectories; Claudia Reiter, MSc, Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna
Presentation 3: Analysis of Firms in the Austrian Foreign Trade Sector; Mag. Dr. Robert Stehrer, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies – wiiw

12.00–1.00 pm Lunch break

Session 6 (parallel): New Methods in Statistics
1.00–2.30 pm Room: Plenary room
Chair: Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Burg, Statistics Austria
Room: Room 4
Chair: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Alexander Kowarik, Statistics Austria
Presentation 1: A microsimulation model for official population projections; Pauline Pohl MSc, Statistics Austria, Philip Slepecki MSc, Statistics Austria Presentation 5: Wastewater Analysis in Austria using GAMLSS; Roman Pfeiler MSSc BSc BSc, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Presentation 2: Penalized Regression in Action: Evaluating Football (Soccer) Players using Event Stream Data; Dipl.-Ing. Robert Bajons MSc, Vienna University of Economics and Business Presentation 6: Almost Omnibus Nonparametric Inference for Two Independent Samples; Jonas Beck MSc, University Salzburg
Presentation 3: Crowd driven AI: Bilderkennung auf Basis von Deep Learning zur Rettung des Regenwaldes; Dr. Gerhard Svolba, SAS Institute Presentation 7: Optimal experimental designs for simultaneous prediction; Ing. Mag. Dr. Helmut Waldl, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Presentation 4: Modelling human use of Viennese urban recreation areas via Instagram data; Lena Ortega Menjivar, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna Presentation 8: Gestaffelte Pensionserhöhungen verteilen effektiv, aber nicht effizient; Dr. Johannes Klotz, OGM Research & Communication
2.30–3.00 pm Coffee break
Session 7 (plenary): New Data Sources in Statistics
3.00–5.00 pm Keynote: From data to policy: How important is statistics for microsimulations
Prof. Dr. Ralf Münnich, Trier University, DStatG
Chair: Prof. Dr. Ralf Münnich, Trier University, DStatG
Presentation 1: Landscaping and Selection of Websites for Webscraping; Magdalena Six MSc PhD, Statistics Austria
Presentation 2: Bildungserfolgsfaktoren - Nutzung von administrativen Datenquellen für die Bildungsforschung; Dominik Ernst MSc, Statistics Austria

5.00–6.00 pm Arrival at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Session commonly organized with the Austrian Academy of Sciences: „ÖAWStatistics Austria Lecture“
Location: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Session 8 (plenary): ÖAWStatistics Austria Lecture: Big Data Economics in times of multiple crisis

Venue: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), festive hall

6.00–7.30 pm

Introduction Ulrike Diebold, Vice President ÖAW 

Prof. Dr. Tobias Thomas, Director General Statistics Austria, Vice President ÖSG Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, ÖAW

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Clemens Fuest, ifo-Institut
starting at 7.30 pm ÖAW reception Sponsor: ÖAW

Day 3: Friday, 6 October 2023

Start: 9.00 am
End: 3.15 pm

Session 9 (plenary): Data Economy 4.0 – Opportunities, Methods, Innovation
Chair: Prof. Dr. Marcus Hudec, Data Technology
9.00–9.30 am Keynote 6: Treating data-as-a-product to power new business models and super-apps
Nina Popanton BA , T-Systems International
9.30–10.30 am Presentation 1: Navigating the Data Economy 4.0: Seizing Opportunities, Embracing Innovation; Mag. Clemens Böhmer, weXelerate
Presentation 2: Green Data Hub: Data for Sustainability; Marcos Moschovidis, Green Data Hub
10.30–10.45 am Coffee break
Session 10: New Developments in Statistics and Data Science
Chair: Prof. Dr. Arne Bathke, University Salzburg
10.45–12.15 pm Presentation 1: Bayesian Multiple Ising Models for Heterogeneous Public Opinion Survey Networks; Alejandra Avalos-Pacheco MSc PhD, TU Vienna
Presentation 2: Measuring COVID-19 Effects in the Austrian Housing Market; Sanela Omerovic, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Presentation 3: Integrating Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Highschool education; Alexandra Posekany, TU Vienna

12.15–1.00 pm Lunch break

ÖSG Award Ceremony
1.00–2.00 pm Chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas Futschik, President ÖSG, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Presentation of ÖSG Awards
Award Lecture Laureate
Closing Session 11 (panel): Future of Statistics and Data Science – Challenges und Chances
Chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas Futschik, President ÖSG, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2.00–3.15 pm Discussant 1: Prof. Dr. Arne Bathke, University Salzburg
Discussant 2: Prof. Mag. Dr. Werner G. Müller, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Discussant 3: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Hörmann, Graz University of Technology
Discussant 4: Prof. Dr. Ralf Münnich, Trier University, DStatG
3.15–3.30 pm Closing: Prof. Dr. Andreas Futschik, President ÖSG, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Last updated on 2023-10-02.
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