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off to Oaxaca! [workshop 18w5023]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2018 by xi'an

This morning I am off to Oaxaca, Mexico, for a week-long workshop which aims at bringing together a mixed audience of statisticians who are using and developing computational methods, researchers involved in computational statistical mechanics and its applications (e.g., materials science, biophysics), and applied mathematicians studying numerical methods used in the field of application from a mathematical viewpoint. As a co-organiser, with Gabriel Stolz and Luke Bornn, I hope that the workshop will truly see the start of a pragmatic cross-fertilization between fields through the exchange of ideas and methods such as research lectures, discussions, and practical sessions based on benchmark systems. This is also my first time at the Casa Matemática Oaxaca, as opposed to my several stays at BIRS, and I am quite excited to discover the place (although the workshop will take place in an hotel as the conference facilities are still under completion after that many years!) and the surroundings. (This is also my second visit to Mexico after the ISBA conference in Cancún in 2014.)

Bayesian biostatistics in Lyon 2019

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2018 by xi'an


Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2018 by xi'an

The next BNP (Bayesian nonparametric) conference is taking place in Oxford (UK), prior to the O’Bayes 2019 conference in Warwick, in June 24-28 and June 29-July 2, respectively. At this stage, the Scientific Committee of BNP12 invites submissions for possible contributed talks. The deadline for submitting a title/abstract is 15th December 2018. And the submission of applications for travel support closes on 15th December 2018. Currently, there are 35 awards that could be either travel awards or accommodation awards. The support is for junior researchers (students currently enrolled in a Dphil (PhD) programme or having graduated after 1st October 2015). The applicant agrees to present her/his work at the conference as a poster or oraly if awarded the travel support.

As for O’Bayes 2019, we are currently composing the programme, following the 20 years tradition of these O’Bayes meetings of having the Scientific Committee (Marilena Barbieri, Ed George, Brunero Liseo, Luis Pericchi, Judith Rousseau and myself) inviting about 25 speakers to present their recent work and 25 discussants to… discuss these works. With a first day of introductory tutorials to Bayes, O’Bayes and beyond. I (successfully) proposed this date and location to the O’Bayes board to take advantage of the nonparametric Bayes community present in the vicinity so that they could attend both meetings at limited cost and carbon impact.

scientific societies start to address sexual harassement

Posted in Books, University life with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2018 by xi'an

As ISBA releases a letter of her president to the members about the decision by the ISBA Board [taken in Edinburgh] to exclude three of its members following multiple complaints of harassment, the ASA publishes an update on the activities of the task force created to address this issue last November. And Nature reports on the report published by the US academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which points out the limited impact of the current policies and mechanisms at play in US institutions.

“The analysis concludes that policies to fight the problem are ineffective because they are set up to protect institutions, not victims.” Nature, June 12, 2018

A common feature between the ASA and the Academy approaches is to rely on a survey of their respective members, soon to come for ASA members. Another feature of major relevance is the issue of anonymous reporting and counselling. So that victims and witnesses of harassment can trust the procedure strongly enough to report  a case without being afraid of being known to a large number of people. In my opinion, having identified individuals that represent the diversity of a scientific society such as ISBA, rather than an anonymous email account or a web form, is more likely to induce testimonies or complaints.

BayesComp 2022 anyone?!

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2018 by xi'an

A call from the Bayesian Computation (BayesComp) Section of ISBA for proposals to host its conference: Bayes Comp 2022! [Bayes Comp 18 was in Barcelona, Bayes Comp 20 is going to take place in Gainesville, Florida, in January 2020, and it is organised by Jim Hobert, Éric Moulines, and myself.]

The expectation is that the meeting will be held in January 2022, but the committee will consider proposals for other times through January 2023. Bayes Comp 2022 will be the 3rd edition of this new conference series, which is the current incarnation of the popular MCMSki series. The conference aims at promoting original research and recent advances in the theory and application of Bayesian computational methods, and encourage the use of frontier computational tools from various disciplines among statisticians and practitioners. A three-day meeting is planned, perhaps with an additional day or two of satellite meetings and/or short courses.

Proposals with details on transportation, accommodations, contributions, and budget, should be submitted to Mylène Bédard (Program Chair) at bedard AT no later than September 30, 2018.

Warwick summer school on computational statistics [last call]

Posted in Books, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2018 by xi'an

In case ‘Og’s readers are not aware, tomorrow, Monday 25 June, is the final day for registration in our incoming LMS/CRiSM summer school on computational statistics taking place at the University of Warwick, two weeks from now, 9-13 July, 2018. There is still room available till midday tomorrow. Greenwich Mean Time. And no later!

Bayesian workshop in the French Alps

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2018 by xi'an