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Basque thesis defence [Bayes almost on the beach]

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2021 by xi'an

Yesterday morning I took part in a thesis defence (as a jury member) in the coastal city of Anglet, in the (French part of the) Basque Country. The PhD candidate was Sébastien Coube-Sisqueille, whom I did not know directly (although we had crossed paths at CIRM years ago and he had attended my MCMC course at ENSAE even more years ago). As it happened all other members of the committee, apart from Sébastien’s advisor, Benoît Liquet, were on Teams, being unable to travel to the Basque Country. Sébastien’s thesis is about MCMC strategies to accelerate convergence in spatial models represented as nearest neighbor Gaussian processes (NNGP), which relates to the earlier works of (X)XL on interweaving. (Unsurprisingly, the defence was successful and the candidate awarded his PhD!) Icing on the cake, I managed to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, before flying back to Paris for dinner, on a very warm afternoon (and slightly cooler water), thanks to Sébastien driving me to a nearby beach!

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Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , on October 19, 2011 by xi'an

Here is a call for applications (postdocs and PhDs, as well as undergrads) to the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in the beautiful Basque country (in Bilbao, Spain):

BCAM, the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (, is a Research Center whose mission is to develop high quality interdisciplinary research. With an international team of researchers, the scientific program is structured in several research areas covering various fields of Applied Mathematics. Moreover, BCAM is a host institution for several national and international research projects and also develops collaborative projects with Basque Industry.
BCAM has opened an International Call for Researchers, offering positions for Senior and Associate Researchers, Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD Students in all areas of Applied Mathematics. Specific positions are also available within the Research Project NUMERIWAVES “New Analytical and Numerical Methods in Wave Propagation”, coordinated by E. Zuazua and funded by the ERC – European Research Council.Applications must be submitted on-line. Deadline for submission: November 11th 2011

The deadline is November 11, about three weeks from now. Of course, when looking at the programme so far, it is very remotely connected with Statistics, but they do emphasize simulation. If not of the MCMC type.

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