Conference Information

The 2024 Classification Society Annual Meeting will be held between Tuesday, June 18, 2024 and Friday, June 21, 2024 at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO). The UBCO campus is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The Classification Society would like to thank Springer and the Dept of CMPS for their support of the meeting.

2024 program pdf

Speaker Sessions

President's Invited Address

Presentation Start - June 19, 2024 8:30 am

Invited Session 1

Presentation Start - June 19, 2024 10:00 am

2024 Distinguished Dissertation Award Session

Presentation Start - June 19, 2024 12:30 pm

Contributed Session 1

Presentation Start - June 19, 2024 2:15 pm

Contributed Session 2

Presentation Start - June 19, 2024 3:30 pm

Invited Lecture

Presentation Start - June 20, 2024 8:30 am

Invited Session 2

Presentation Start - June 20, 2024 10:00 am

Invited Lecture 2

Presentation Start - June 20, 2024 1:00 pm

Contributed Session 3

Presentation Start - June 20, 2024 2:15 pm

Invited Session 3

Presentation Start - June 20, 2024 3:30 pm

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Deadline - March 14, 2024

The deadline for submitting an abstraction has ended.



The University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO) campus is 2 kilometres (approximately 1.25 miles) from the Kelowna International Airport . Taxi service, car rentals, and rideshare services are available at the airport.


On UBCO Campus

There is a block of single-occupancy rooms available for conference participants on the UBCO campus. The rate for each room is $72 plus tax per night. A link to book one of these rooms will be sent once registration is confirmed.


There are two off-campus options within a kilometre of campus:

  1. Four points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport
  2. Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Kelowna BC Airport

There are also hotel options in downtown Kelowna and AirBnB options across the city.

Nature and outdoor activities

The Okanagan Valley is 200 km long, with lots of great outdoor activity. While beautiful, it is usually hot and dry in June, so we suggest bringing lots of water for any outdoor activity! Some suggestions to get you started:


The Okanagan Valley boasts 186 licensed wineries, as well as many cideries, meaderies, and distilleries. Some local favourites and their regions are listed below, but also use these suggestions as a starting point and explore!

Lake Country

East Kelowna

West Kelowna

There are other great regions in and around Kelowna, such as the Mission, Vernon, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos, Shuswap.

Important information on registering
For the 2024 annual meeting, there are two pricing options: member or non-member.
- Non-member pricing is available to the general public and does not require you to be logged in to purchase.
- Member pricing is only available to members of the Classification Society who have paid their dues for the 2024 calendar year. You must be logged in to view the member pricing options.
- Please note that the registration fee includes 1 ticket for the banquet dinner, the additional ticket(s) are for guest(s) of the registrant.

The registration costs are shown below.

- For Members of the Classification Society:

  • Student and postdoctoral fellow - $100 USD
  • Regular member - $370 USD
  • Retired member - $270 USD

- For Non-Members:

  • Student and postdoctoral fellow - $135 USD
  • Regular member - $470 USD
  • Retired member - $340 USD

Please contact us if you are having difficulty registering for the meeting (link in the top right corner of the page).

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Welcome reception in the evening

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
- Full day of talks
- Poster Session

Thursday, June 20, 2024
- Full day of talks
- Journal of Classification editorial board meeting
- The Classification Society board of directors meeting
- The Classification Society annual general meeting
- Banquet

Meeting Organizers

  • Herbie Lee

  • Cristina Tortora

    Cristina Tortora

  • Hans Friedrich Koehn

  • Jeff Andrews

Previous Meetings

2023 Annual Meeting

June 14, 2023

2022 Annual Meeting

June 15, 2022

The 2022 Classification Society annual meeting was the first full length meeting of the Classification Society since June 2019. The meeting was organized by Xu (Sunny) Wang at Wilfrid Laurier University. The 2022 meeting featured a complete program that included 3 contributed speaker sessions, 3 invited speaker sessions, a student poster session, and multiple invited lectures and sessions. Highlights of the event included the President’s invited address given by Paul McNicholas (McMaster University) which discussed model-based clustering approaches for multivariate longitudinal data, approaches for 3-way data that do not assume normality, and an approach for 3-way data that are high dimensional. The invited address given by Daniel Aloise (École Polytechnique de Montréal) who discussed a method to provide scores to must-link and cannot-link constraints that are beneficial in semi-supervised classification. The invited session on Psychometric Methodology featuring Hans Friedrich Koehn (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Kim de Roover (Tilburg University) that discussed and gave examples of the value of classification methodology within psychological research. The invited session on advances in model-based clustering approaches featuring Alex Sharp (University of Waterloo), Jeff Andrews (University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus), and Rebecca Nugent (Carnegie Mellon University) that covered topics in model development, model assessment, and applications to education data. The invited session on applications in biostatistics featuring Lucy Gao (University of British Columbia) that discussed inference for hierarchical clustering. And three invited sessions celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding doctoral students studying clustering, classification, or related areas of data analysis, encompassing associated theory and/or applications. Usually, each meeting of the Classification Society features the winner of that years distinguished dissertation award ( However, due to the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 annual meeting featured the winners of the 2020, 2021, and 2022 competitions. The three winners were Keefe Murphy (Maynooth University), Michael Gallaugher (Baylor University), and Francesco Sanna Passino (Imperial College London), respectively. In these sessions, a variety of different topics were discussed e.g., the development of families of parsimonious models for model-based clustering, bi-clustering, and model selection in spectral graph clustering.

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