Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research 2020 (hosted by IE, Online)
10 Sep 2020

We communicate using hieroglyphics called emojis rather than words, we watch for a second blue checkmark against a WhatsApp message rather than eye contact to signal the receipt of a message, we rely on algorithms to suggest music and mates. And in its turn, technology grows and learns from how we have been using it. Human endeavor too, and not just effort, has magnified thanks to our symbiosis with technology.


The theme for SCECR2020 was “Technology + Human”


SCECR is now in its 16th edition. Started as a small workshop to discuss the emerging challenges in research using large datasets in e-commerce, SCECR2020 which was hosted completely online had over a 100 papers and 50 posters hosted in three tracks.



SCECR typically receives submissions from a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to, electronic markets, social media, FinTech, digitization of industries and products, and virtually any data-driven phenomena. Methodological contributions related to statistics, data mining, machine learning, econometrics, and other empirical approaches motivated by data are also a constant theme of this conference.


With the unexpected global disruption posed by Covid-19, SCECR2020 also contained an interdisciplinary panel on the future of Business education.


This panel consisted of Ravi Bapna, professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Ritu Agarwal, Interim Dean at University of Maryland, Anindya Ghose, professor at NYU, Associate Ignacio Gafo, Dean of Executive programs at IE Business school, and was moderated by Konstantina Valogianni form IE Business School and addressed a variety of ethical issues surrounding the use of observational data and running online experiments.


To have a look to the panel click here.


We hope to host SCECR2021 in Madrid in June 2021