Archive for mirror workshop

post-COVID post-conference mood

Posted in Kids, Running, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2020 by xi'an

Nature ran a 4-page comment on the post-COVID future of massive conferences (NeurIPS or JSM style) and on how to make them less carbon greedy. Some of their common-sense suggestions come close to what I had suggested a while ago and some became promptly implemented in these times of COVID-19 travel restrictions, as, e.g., to systematically include virtual attendance option(s), with provisions from one’s institutions for quality time (as if one was indeed away), to add multiple (3?) regional hubs to a single location, which also offers the perk of a round-the-clock meeting, with an optimisation of the three places chosen to minimise (estimated) total flight distances for the potential participants, as in e.g. choosing U.S. central Chicago rather than extremes like Seattle or Miami, and possibly adding Tokyo and Paris, to reduce the frequency of the monster meetings by coordinating with sister societies, to enforce an individual or institutional maximum yearly budget, to have corporate sponsors turning from travel support to improving remote access in less favoured countries.

Obviously, it seems difficult to completely switch to a fully virtual solution, as attending a conference has many academic dimensions to be accounted for, but the “big ones” should be the first to shrink, if only because the most impacting. And also because small, high quality workshops have much more impact research-wise on their attendants. With the above still offering some savings. And also the possibility to bypass financial, personal, visa, political, life-threatening impossibilities to attend a meeting in a specific foreign country. Provided uncensored remote communication tools are allowed or possible from the said  country. (Calling for the question, barring financial difficulties, and once COVID-related restrictions have been lifted, what are the countries where everyone could consider attending?!)

This year, before lockdown forced the cancellation of ABC in Grenoble, we had set a mirror version in Warwick. Which led us to create the One World ABC seminar. The Bernoulli-IMS World congress was postponed by one year but a few dedicated volunteers managed to build within a few weeks a free impressive virtual substitute with more than 600 talks and close to 2000 participants (so far). Remember it is to take place on 24-28 August, on different time zones and with ten live plenaries repeated twice to this effect.

Next year, we still hope to organise an Objective Bayesian workshop at Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in México and the current sanitary conditions imply a reduction of the physically present participants by two thirds. Meaning for certain a remote component and possibly a mirror location depending on the state of the World in December 2021.

ABC in Svalbard [news #1]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2020 by xi'an

We [Julien and myself] are quite pleased to announce that

  • the scientific committee for the workshop has been gathered
  • the webpage for the workshop is now on-line (with a wonderful walrus picture whose author we alas cannot identify)
  • the workshop is now endorsed by both IMS and ISBA, which will handle registration (to open soon)
  • the reservation of hotel rooms will be handled by Hurtigruten Svalbard through the above webpage (this is important as we already paid deposit for a certain number of rooms)
  • we are definitely seeking both sponsors and organisers of mirror workshops in more populated locations

As an item of trivia, let me recall that Svalbard stands for the archipelago, while Spitsbergen is the name of the main island, where Longyearbyen is located. (In Icelandic, Svalbarði means cold rim or cold coast.)


Posted in Mountains, pictures, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2020 by xi'an

Most regrettably, the incoming ABC in Grenoble, planned on 19-20 March 2020 is now postponed till a yet unspecified date, like next Summer or next Fall. Due to travel disruptions all over the World and to gathering restrictions in France, courtesy of the Covid-19 virus. Not particularly surprising given the avalanche of cancellations, but unfortunate. The mirror meetings that had emerged in the past weeks will most likely be cancelled as well, unless a joint program can be constructed based on the local attendees.

Here is the full message from the organisers to the registered participants:

It is with regret that we have to cancel the ABC in Grenoble workshop. We (local organizers) will be waiting for the situation to settle down in order to possibly reschedule for a future date.  If so, we would open up the call again both for contributed talks and posters.
As you may know, we were already planning to provide electronic options to hold virtual mirrors for the workshop. However, we consider that relying only on streamed talks from various places without a main venue here in Grenoble would make it hard to follow.
This may take some time, but we will let you know as soon as we have further information. Please consult the workshop website for up-to-date information

another mirror of ABC in Gre[e]noble

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2020 by xi'an

There will now be a second mirror workshop of ABC in Grenoble. Taking place at the Université de Montpellier, more precisely at the Alexander Grothendieck Montpellier Institute, Building 9, room 430 (4th floor), Triolet Campus. It is organised by my friend Jean-Michel Marin. Great to see a mirror at one of the major breeding places of ABC, where I personally heard of ABC for the first time and met several of the main A[B]Ctors..! The dates are 19-20 March, with talks transmitted from 9am to 5am [GMT+1]. Since the video connection can accommodate 1918 more mirrors, if anyone else is interested in organising another mirror, please contact me for technical details.

mirror of ABC in Grenoble

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2020 by xi'an

I am quite glad to announce that there will definitely be at least one mirror workshop of ABC in Grenoble. Taking place at Warwick University, in the Zeeman building (room MS0.05) and organised by my colleague Rito Dutta. The dates are 19-20 March, with talks transmitted from 9am to 5am [GMT+1]. Since the video connection can accommodate 19 more mirrors, if anyone is interested in organising an other mirror, please contact me for technical details.