Service covers activities separate from research or teaching. These are organized by the communities served.


Description of various administrative positions held as well as university governance and significant committee memberships.




Description of various professional society memberships, official duties, and conference organization.



  • Chair/co-chair

    • Statistics, Science, and Public Policy with Agnes Herzberg of Queen’s University held at Herstmonceux Castle, England
      • IX: Science and Government 2004
      • VIII: Science Ethics and the Law 2003
      • VII: Environment, Health and Globalization 2002
      • VI: Science and Responsibility 2001
    • 4th International Workshop on AI and Statistics 1993 with Peter Cheeseman of NASA-Ames held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Programme committee member

    • Fourth International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis 2001 in Lisbon, Portugal
    • Third International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis 1999 in Amsterdam
    • International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
      • 2nd through 6th being the AISTATS conferences for years 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997
    • IASC
      • for sessions of the 49th Session of the ISI 1993 Firenze, Italy
      • IASC Satellite meeting on Statistical Databases 1993 Sienna, Italy
  • Session organizer

    • numerous sessions over the years for the SSC, ASA, IMS, and the Interface of Computer Science and Statistics meetings


Description of various editorial and peer review duties excluding conference programme committees and refereeing.



  • Mathematical Sciences Committee member for Science Foundation of Ireland

    • Research Centres 2007
    • Research Grants 2006
  • Reviewer for various granting agencies (e.g. NSERC, NSF)


Description of various engagements with the greater public community. Includes such items as

  • media engagements
  • government engagement
  • private industry


This is principally commentary (solicited or provocative) on some timely issues of public interest.

  • Hillary Clinton’s emails as a web application and YouTube lecture 2017

  • Lotteries and probability of winning

  • Long form census controversy

    Contributed to the writing and production of a video for World Statistics Day 2010. This garnered national and international press and was referenced in Question Period of the Canadian Senate (see Hansard of the Senate of Canada October 20, 2010)

  • debunking US Military experiments on extra-sensory perception (ESP) for (The Globe and Mail) newspaper science writer Stephen Strauss

Government science

Private industry

Consultant to various companies large and small. Two of the local startups include

  • Primal Fusion, now Primal AI where with former Ph.D. student Wu Zhou provided the theoretical underpinnings for a few patents

  • the “Internet of things” company Terepac

General outreach