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no ISBA 2016 in Banff…

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2014 by xi'an

Banff west-northern range from Rundle, Sept. 10, 2010Alas, thrice alas, the bid we made right after the Banff workshop with Scott Schmidler, and Steve Scott for holding the next World ISBA Conference in 2016 in Banff, Canada was unsuccessful. This is a sad and unforeseen item of news as we thought Banff had a heap of enticing features as a dream location for the next meeting… Although I cannot reveal the location of the winner, I can mention it is much more traditional (in the sense of the Valencia meetings), i.e. much more mare than monti… Since it is in addition organised by friends and in a country I love, I do not feel particularly aggravated. Especially when considering we will not have to organise anything then!

ISBA 2016 in Banff???

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by xi'an

Banff west-northern range from Rundle, Sept. 10, 2010Scott Schmidler, Steve Scott and myself just submitted a proposal for holding the next World ISBA Conference in 2016 in Banff, Canada! After enjoying the superb environment of the Advanced in Scalable Bayesian computation workshop last week, we thought it would be worth a try as a potential location for the next meeting, esp. when considering the superlative infrastructure of the Banff Centre (meaning we really do not have to be local to be local organisers!), the very reasonable rates for renting the site and securing two hundred rooms, the potential for a special collaboration with BIRS, the scarcity of alternative proposals (as far as I can fathom) and the ultimate mountain environment… I remember fondly the IMS annual meeting of 2002 there,  with a great special lecture by Hans Künsch and, exceptionally, an RSS Read Paper by Steve Brooks, Paulo Guidici and Gareth Roberts.  (Not mentioning en exhilarating solo scramble up Mount Temple and another one with Arnaud Guillin up the chimneys of Mount Edith!)  Since the deadline was this Saturday, March 15, we should hear pretty soon if we are successful in this bid. (Good luck to our Scottish friends from Edinburgh for their bid for holding ISBA 2018! Moving from the feet of Mount Rundle [above] to the feet of Arthur’s Seat would make for a great transition.)

Bayes in the Rockies

Posted in Books, Mountains, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by xi'an

A few months ago, following the course I gave last summer in Vale dAosta, I got contacted by Devin Goodsman from the University of Alberta, in order to organise a short course there for environmental scientists in hierarchical Bayes modelling and its R implementation. I (obviously) accepted the invitation and, thanks to Devin and François Teste, we managed to get the short course housed at the wonderful BIRS (Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery) centre in Banff, in the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Last time I was at BIRS, it was four year ago for the 07w5079 Bioinformatics, Genetics and Stochastic Computation: Bridging the Gap workshop, organised jointly with Arnaud Doucet and Raphaël Gottardo from UBC, and I enjoyed the place and organisation immensely. (Not to mention the surroundings, as shown this picture of Mount Temple, climbed in 2002, taken from Eiffel Peak.)

The current workshop, Hierarchical Bayesian Methods in Ecology, is numbered 10w2170 and will take place over the weekend of September 10-12 this Fall.  The schedule is provided on the workshop webpage. I plan to cover Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Bayesian Core on Saturday, before spending all of Sunday morning and early afternoon on hierarchical models. I actually plan to take advantage of the revision of Bayesian Core in Luminy next week to include a chapter on hierarchical modelling. Now, there are still a few places left in order to reach the 20 participant (strict) upper limit, so, if you are interested in attending the workshop/course, contact me at my gmail email account: bayesianstatistics. (The cost is $220, which includes two nights of lodging at BIRS and a copy of Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R! Meals and transportation are not included.)