Conference Information

The 2022 Classification Society Annual Meeting will be held between June 15 and June 18, 2022, at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University has been known for academic excellence for more than 107 years. Putting knowledge to work in the real world is a hallmark of the Laurier experience! Wilfrid Laurier University offers a fulfilling, safe and successful community; has the largest business degree co-op program in Canada; has Canada’s top award-winning instructors and researchers, and is a global leader in social entrepreneurship. The Waterloo Region is home to Canada’s fastest-growing technology sector and is part of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, the second largest technology cluster in North America.

An interactive campus map for Wilfrid Laurier University can be found here: wlu_map.

President's Invited Address

  • Paul McNicholas, McMaster University

Invited Lecture

  • Daniel Aloise, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

Invited Speakers

  • Hans Friedrich Koehn, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Kim de Roover, Tilburg University
  • Alex Sharp, Waterloo University
  • Jeff Andrews, University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
  • Rebecca Nugent, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lucy Gao, University of Waterloo

Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

  • 2020: Keefe Murphy, Maynooth University
  • 2021: Michael Gallaugher, Baylor University
  • 2022: Francesco Sanna Passino, Imperial College London

Contributed Speakers

  • Nik Pocuca, McMaster University
  • Li-Pang Chen, National Chengchi University
  • Herbie Lee, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Cristina Tortora, San Jose State University
  • Mateen Shaikh, Thompson Rivers University
  • Tanzy Love, Rochester University
  • Eman Alamer, McMaster University
  • Wangshu Tu, Carleton University
  • Orla Murphy, Dalousie University

Poster Presentations

  • Mohsen Bahremani, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Katharine Clark, McMaster University
  • MacKenzie Neal, McMaster University
  • Xiaoke Qin, Carleton University
  • Shiva Rahimipour, McMaster University
  • Alexa Sochaniwsky, McMaster University
  • Andrii Turchenko, McMaster University
  • Siyi Wang, McMaster University
  • Xi Zhang, McMaster University

Conference Locations

  • The Welcome Reception will be held in Lazaridis Hall, fourth-floor terrace
  • Presentations will be held in 2C16 (Arts Building)
  • The Poster Session will be in the Science Courtyard foyer.
  • The Classification Society board meeting and Journal of Classification editorial board meetings will be held in LH3058 (Lazaridis Hall, third floor).
  • The Banquet will be held in Hawk's Nest (Turret).

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Welcome Reception, 6:00 PM

Thursday, June 16, 2022
Registration, 8:30 AM
Opening Remarks, 8:45 AM
President's Invited Address (de Rooij), 9:00 AM
Coffee Break, 10:00 AM
Contributed Session 1 (Pocuca, Chen, Lee), 10:30 AM
Lunch Break, 11:30 AM
Invited Lecture, 1:00 PM
Coffee Break, 2:00 PM
Invited Session on Psychometric Methodology (Koehn, de Roover), 2:30 PM
Poster Session, 4:00 PM

Friday, June 17, 2022
Invited Session on Advances in Model-Based Clustering (Sharp, Andrews, Nugent), 9:00 AM
Coffee Break/ Journal of Classification Editorial Board Meeting, 10:30 AM
Contributed Session 2 (Tortora, Shaikh, Love), 11:00 AM
Lunch Break/Classification Society Board Meeting, 12:00 PM
2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award Presentation (Murphy), 1:30 PM
2021 Distinguished Dissertation Award Presentation (Gallaugher), 2:30 PM
2022 Distinguished Dissertation Award Presentation (Murphy), 4:00 PM
Classification Society Annual General Meeting, 5:00 PM
Banquet, 6:00 PM

Saturday, June 18, 2022
Invited Session on Biostatistics (Gao), 9:30 AM
Coffee Break, 10:00 AM
Contributed Session 3 (Alamer, Tu, Murphy), 10:30 AM
Closing Remarks, 11:30 AM

The organizing committee for the 2022 annual meeting of the Classification Society would like to thank the Laurier Faculty of Science, Office of Research Services, and the Canadian Statistical Society Institute (CANSSI) for their financial support.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Deadline - March 31, 2022

The deadline for submitting an abstraction has ended.


The abstract submission deadline for the 2022 Classification Society Annual Meeting is March 31, 2022. Please submit your abstract using the Abstract Submission portal shown on the 2022 meeting page ( When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a poster or oral presentation.

Wilfrid Laurier offers a corporate/promotional rate at the Delta Hotel (110 Erb Street W., Waterloo).

To book a room, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter Dates, e.g., June 15 - June 18, 2022
  3. Select Rooms & Guests Number
  4. Under Special Rates, Select Corp/Promo Code, and enter code W51. 
  5. Options for 1 Guest Room with 2 Queens or 1 Guest Room with 1 King should appear at a rate of 184 CAD/Night.

Alternatively, if the first method does not work, you can try:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter Destination: Delta Hotels Waterloo
  3. Enter Dates, e.g., June 15 - June 18, 2022
  4. Under Destination, Select Rooms and Guests Number
  5. Click the drop down arrow beside `Lowest Regular Rate' and select Corp/Promo code and enter code W51.
  6. Click `Find Hotels'
  7. Click `continue' for the `Delta Hotels Waterloo' option.
  8. Options for 1 Guest Room with 2 Queens or 1 Guest Room with 1 King should appear at a rate of 184 CAD/Night.

Hotel Laurier reservations are available at

A private bedroom with a semi-private washroom is $65.00/night, plus HST.
A private bedroom with a private washroom will be $86.00/night, plus HST.
A three-bedroom apartment is $139.00/night, plus HST. Rates include parking.

How to get to Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus

By air: 

You will most likely arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Then you may take: 

Airport Shuttle

Airways Transit provides a 24/7 door-to-door shuttle service that operates between Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) and Waterloo. 

You must reserve Airways Transit's pick-up service as soon as you know the date and time of your flight. The rate is $150 one way

The trip from Toronto Pearson International Airport to the Waterloo campus is about one-and-a-half hours.

Reserve Your Shuttle

You can reserve your shuttle online. To make your reservation, you will need:

  • Your flight information (airline, flight number, arrival time).
  • The address of your destination in Waterloo, or the name of your residence building.
  • A credit card number.

GO Transit

GO Bus

The GO Bus stops at Toronto Pearson Airport Terminal 1 on the ground level between columns Q2 to Q4. This bus runs hourly on weekdays and weekends, and every 30 minutes during weekday rush hours. You can buy GO Transit tickets at the vending machine in Terminal 1 on the ground level. Choose Wilfrid Laurier University as your destination. You can calculate your fare and plan your trip online. The rate is approximately $18 one way, with taxes included, but is subject to change.

Take the GO Bus Route 40 - Hamilton GO, exiting the bus at Square One GO Terminal, where you must disembark and transfer to GO Bus Route 25 - U of Waterloo, exiting the bus at Wilfrid Laurier University. This stop is adjacent to the Waterloo campus entrance at the corner of University Avenue and Hazel Street. 

The trip from the airport to the Waterloo campus is about two-and-a-half hours.

GO Train

There may be GO Train options available from Union Station to the Kitchener GO Terminal. The trip on the GO Train will take approximately two hours.

VIA Rail

You can take a train from Union Station to the Kitchener Via Rail station for about $36 (price subject to change). Once you are at the Kitchener station, you can use Grand River Transit, a taxi, or a rideshare service of your choice to get to your accommodations in Waterloo.

By car:

Kitchener/Waterloo is approximately 100KM (1 Hour Drive) west of Toronto, Ontario, and is located in South-Western Ontario. To reach Wilfrid Laurier University from Highway 401, take exit 278B (coming from London) or 278 (coming from Toronto) and follow Highway 8 West to Kitchener; Enter the Conestoga Parkway – Hwy #85 by following Highway 7 East and Highway 85 North signs and continuing on the Parkway to University Avenue; follow University Avenue West to campus. The distance from Highway 401 to campus is approximately 16 km.

If you are travelling to Canada you may need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), details here:

Travelling requirements due to COVID-19 can be found here:


Please wear your masks – Laurier’s face-covering policy remains in effect beyond May 31 and until further notice. Based on a review of public health conditions, Laurier’s mandatory face-covering policy will remain in effect beyond May 31 and until further notice.

Previous Meetings

2021 Annual Meeting

November 5, 2021

The 2021 annual meeting of The Classification Society was held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, from Friday, November 5 to Sunday, November 7, 2021. The meeting was organized by the president of The Classification Society, Abby Flynt. The scientific programming committee was comprised of Abby Flynt (chair), Brian Franczak, Meredith Wallace, and Tanzy Love.

On Friday evening, the CS annual meeting kicked off with welcoming remarks from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Karl Voss and the CS poster session featuring Yida Chen, Jiawan Zhao and Abby Flynt from Bucknell University, Ji Ah Lee and Harsh Vardham Dubey (University of Masschusetts Amherst), Hung Tong (University of Alabama), and Brian Franczak (MacEwan University). Saturday featured a full day of presentations that included the President’s invited address on the influence of statistical machine learning in informing admissions into American colleges given by David Hunter (Penn State University), two talks on applications in clustering and classification given by David Banks (Duke University) and Rachael Hageman (University of Buffalo), an invited lecture on Geometric Morphometrics given by F. James Rohlf (Stony Brook University), an invited lecture on dependent Bayesian nonparametric modeling of compositional data by Andres Felipe Barrientos (Florida State University), and three contributed talks by Tanzy Love (University of Rochester), Michael Kane (Yale School of Public Policy), and Meredith Wallace (University of Pittsburgh). Sunday featured a half day of talks that included three invited talks on Classification and Psychometric Methodology given by Samrachana Adhikari (NYU School of Medicine), Teague Henry (University of Virginia), and Susu Zhang (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and three contributed talks by Cristina Tortora (San Jose State University), Thiago Serra (Bucknell University), and Brian Franczak (MacEwan University).

2020 Annual Meeting

June 17, 2020

The local organizing committee in consultation with the Classification Society board made the decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting of The Classification Society, which was to be held from June 17 - 20, 2020 at Bucknell University. However, on June 24th members of The Classification Society congregated via Zoom call for an online presentation by President-Elect, Tanzy Love, the annual general meeting, and an informal social.

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