Fostering the culture of collaboration at Virginia Tech an invited talk at JSM given by Dr. Eric Vance.
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) has been Virginia Tech’s source for expert statistical analysis since 1948.
Our mission is to provide statistical advice, analysis, and education to Virginia Tech researchers by offering individual collaboration meetings, walk-in consulting, educational short courses, and support for interdisciplinary research projects.
LISA’s statistical collaborators are trained to help design experiments, analyze and plot data, run statistical software, interpret results, and communicate statistical concepts to non-statisticians.
The LISA collaborators are faculty and students in the Department of Statistics. LISA has a full-time director and assistant director who meet with faculty clients and oversee a team of graduate and undergraduate student collaborators. Current collaborators have profiles on our website so you can put a face to the name before your first meeting. In addition, the entire statistics faculty may be available for collaboration on a case-by-case basis. Faculty research and collaboration interests can also be found on our website.
Statistical assistance is free for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. Please review our policies. LISA is funded jointly by:
- Office of the Vice President for Research
- College of Science
- Office of the Provost
- Graduate School
And six additional colleges:
- Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Architecture and Urban Studies
- Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
- Natural Resources and Environment
- Pamplin College of Business
The Department of Statistics also provides funding for many of the LISA statistical collaborators and provides other support for LISA's activities. The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) also provides funding for LISA. We do provide statistical consultation and collaboration on projects outside of Virgina Tech for a fee. Students in the Department of Statistics also provide pro bono statistical consultation and collaboration for local community non-profits and governmental organizations through StatCom.
Past annual reports can be found here.