International Conference on “Frontiers in Forecasting” Meets in Riverside June 21-24

UC Riverside economist chairs the event that includes Google chief economist as keynote speaker

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Gloria González-Rivera, UCR professor of economics, is the general chair of the 35th International Symposium on Forecasting.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – More than 300 of the world’s top forecasting professionals and researchers will visit Riverside for the 35th International Symposium on Forecasting June 21-24. Hal Varian, chief economist at Google Inc., will deliver the keynote address on June 22.

The conference, “Frontiers in Forecasting,” comes to the Riverside Convention Center for the first time at the urging of general conference chair Gloria González-Rivera, professor of economics at the University of California, Riverside. Most recent venues have included Rotterdam, Seoul, Boston, Prague, San Diego, Hong Kong, Nice, and New York, reflecting the international membership of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF).

To register, please visit the website Discounted rates for students, emeriti professors and retired professionals are available. For California residents, the IIF also offers one-day registration.

Gloria González-Rivera

Gloria González-Rivera

The International Institute of Forecasters is the preeminent organization for forecasting scholars and practitioners around the world. Its annual conference focuses on cutting-edge forecasting developments that integrate academic research with industry practices. Sessions include forecasting energy markets, financial markets, economic recessions, information technology and communications, tourism, transportation, population dynamics, among other topics.

“Many times academic research in forecasting is triggered by industry and government needs,” González-Rivera explained. “This conference is a place where academic discovery and forecasting in practice come together. Academics and forecasting professionals meet to learn about developments in forecasting and how they can be translated for use in industry. It provides plenty of networking opportunities.”

González-Rivera said she is especially pleased that the conference is in Riverside this year.

“This is a very international crowd. People come from all over the world,” she said. “It’s a very big event for the city, and the city has been extremely supportive.” A gala dinner at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium on June 23 will feature entertainment by the UCR Jazz Combo and by acclaimed guitarist and UCR professor of music Walter Clark.

New this year is a separate track for industry practitioners organized by the editors of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting that is designed for business forecasting practitioners.

Hal Varian

Hal Varian, chief economist at Google Inc. and distinguished professor emeritus from UC Berkeley, will deliver the Clive Granger Memorial Keynote Address on June 22. His topic is “Google Tools for Data.” The lecture honors the late Nobel laureate Clive Granger, from UC San Diego.

Other notable speakers include Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations, The Rockefeller and Columbia Universities; Tilmann Gneiting, professor of computational statistics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; Dimitris Politis, professor of mathematics, UC San Diego; and Barbara Rossi, ICREA Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

Event sponsors include the UC Riverside Department of Economics, Elsevier, EView, SAS, the City of Riverside Office of Economic Development, and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.

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