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MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #8)

Posted in Kids, Mountains, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2013 by xi'an

A reposted item of news about MCMSki IV: as posted by Brad Carlin this afternoon to the Biometrics Section and Bayesian Statistical Science Section of the ASA,

The fifth joint international meeting of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis), nicknamed “MCMSki IV”, will be held in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, from Monday, January 6 to Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  The meeting, the first for the newly-created BayesComp section of ISBA, will focus on all aspects of MCMC theory and methodology, including related fields like sequential Monte Carlo, approximate Bayesian computation, Hamiltonian Monte Carlo.  In contrast with the earlier meetings, it will merge the satellite Adap’ski workshop into the main meeting by having parallel invited and contributed sessions on those different themes, as well as poster sessions on both Monday and Tuesday nights.  In addition, a one-day post-conference satellite workshop on Bayesian nonparametrics, modelling and computations (“BNPski)” will be held in the same location on January 9th, 2014.

Please see our conference website,

for more information, including links to the preliminary program, lodging and travel information, and our conference registration page.  Please note the “early bird” registration deadline of *October 15, 2013*.

Finally (and most importantly for some), we are very pleased to announce that we have received funds from ISBA, SBSS, and other sources sufficient to help support the travel expenses of some junior investigators (defined as current PhD student, or less than 5 years since PhD). Information about how to apply for this support can be found at:

Note that to apply you must first register with the ISBA website (if you have not done so already) and submit your abstract to the ISBA Abstract Page.  Full directions are given at the link above.  The deadline to apply for this financial support is also October 15, 2013.

We look forward to welcoming you in Chamonix this January!


Brad Carlin, Antonietta Mira, and Christian Robert
MCMSki IV conference co-organizers

MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #6)

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2013 by xi'an

More news about MCMSki IV:

First, the 9 invited and the 16 contributed sessions are about to be set into the program by the scientific committee. It should appear any time now: stay tuned. We are just debating where to put the roundtable (in Camelot, of course!)

Second, after looking a wee bit around for sites or softwares handling the abstract submission/posting process, I decided to create a dedicated wordpress blog, MCMSki IV: poster abstracts. If you intend to present a poster at MCMSki IV, send an email to me with (a) surname, name (institution): title as the subject, (b) abstract and keywords (and possibly a link to a paper) as the body of the mail, at your earliest convenience. Obviously, suggestions for free and more efficient ways of doing this (i.e. storing and presenting and indexing poster abstracts) are most welcome!

Best wishes for the (northern) summer and the (southern) winter, with hopefully opportunities to hone your skiing skills…!

MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #5)

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by xi'an

More exciting news about MCMSki IV!

First thing first, the 16 contributed sessions are now all-set, having gotten the stamp of approval from the scientific committee! Thanks to everyone who submitted a session proposal. (There were so many proposals that we alas had to reject some, as well as every single talk proposal… Sorry people: we hope to hear about your research advances via your posters!) See the MCMSki IV website for the whole list. Apart from the plenary lectures, and the round table on software held on the second evening, there will be three parallel sessions on the remaining three slots for each day of the conference, which means 25 sessions total!

Second, the “call for posters” is open, simply meaning that anyone wishing to present a poster at MCMSki IV on Monday evening (or Tuesday night if we cannot accommodate all posters within a single evening!) is welcome to do so! This will take place in the conference centre as well (with an open bar to keep up with traditions) To this effect, if you intend to present a poster, (a) tick the box in the registration form and (b) …wait for further instructions on the MCMSki IV website about sending your abstract as we are trying to find an easy way to store and publish posters there. Simple as AB(C)!

Last, the registration page is now open! So fell free to register at your earliest convenience. The deadline for early bird registration is October 15, 2013 however hotel rooms are likely to vanish much earlier than that, leaving you on your own to find accommodation in Chamonix (not such a terrible task, actually!)

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