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next BayesComp conference planned for Jan 2018, any volunteer?

Posted in Kids, Mountains, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2016 by xi'an

MCMSki III poster, 2010 (C.) IMS[A call from the BayesComp section of ISBA for the next Bayesian computation meeting! As suggested in an earlier post, the label MCMski is discontinued to allow for any location amenable to organise a 200 plus meeting in good and hopefully reasonably priced conditions.]

The Bayesian Computation Section of ISBA is soliciting proposals to host its flagship meeting: BayesComp 2018

The expectation is that the meeting will be held in January 2018, but the committee will consider proposals for other times through January 2019. This meeting is a continuation of the popular MCMSki on recent advances in the theory and application of Bayesian computational methods such as MCMC. The tradition was to hold MCMski meetings in ski resorts, but, as the name change suggests, we encourage applications from any venue that could support BC2018.

A three-day meeting is planned, perhaps with an additional day or two of satellite meetings and/or short courses. One page proposals should address feasibility of hosting the meeting including

1. Proposed dates.
2. Transportation for international participants (both the proximity of international airports and transportation to/from the venue).
3. The conference facilities.
4. The availability and cost of hotels, including low cost options.
5. The proposed local organizing committee and their collective experience organizing international meetings.
6. Expected or promised contributions from the host organization, host country, or industrial partners towards the cost of running the meetings.

Proposals should be submitted to Nicolas Chopin (Program Chair) no later than May 31, 2016. The Board of Bayesian Computing Section will evaluate the proposals, choose a venue, and appoint the Program Committee for BayesComp 2018.

Adap’skiii [day 1]

Posted in Statistics, Travel with tags , , , on January 4, 2011 by xi'an

Adap’skii started on Monday morning with a highly pedagogical and smooth entry by Jeff Rosenthal, followed by a state-of-the-art talk by Eric Moulines on adaptive and interacting MCMC algorithms. Both talks led me to ponder how far adaptivity could reasonably be extended, namely how much the parameters used in those algorithms could themselves be tuned and adapted (as e.g. the temperatures in annealing or tempering). This pondering was actually reproduced later in the day by Nando de Freitas and David Dunson. The  third talk of the morning was Radu Craiu’s adaptive construction of a mixture approximation, including a proof of convergence of the algorithm, which was a bit reminiscent of our population Monte Carlo construct.  After a great sunny afternoon skiing in the [Brad’s correction: balmy at first, bitter once the sun set] cold of the Canyons ski pistes, we were back listening to Nando de Freitas‘ interesting mix of optimisation and MCMC adaptation, using Gaussian processes to design objective function evaluations. The final talk was by Faming Liang about likelihoods with unknown constants and the adaptive estimation of the constant. Pierre Jacob led the discussion presented below:

Adap’skiii [day 0]

Posted in Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by xi'an

After an uneventful if long flight from Paris to Salt Lake City, rewarded by a perfect view of the frozen Great Salt Lake, (if not of Greenland), we (Pierre Jacob, Jean-Michel Marin and myself, along with a strong contingent from Finland) are now in Parl City where the Adap’skiii conference starts this morning. For those  attending the meeting and wondering where exactly it takes place (!), it will be in the Grand Summit Hotel conference centre, ground floor, in the Parlor III part of the Kokopelli Grand Ballroom. It starts at 8:30, with a coffee break at 10:30. The place is walking distance from all the hotels proposed on the MCMSki website (as long as there is no blizzard) and just at the foot of the gondola. Here is the first draft of my discussion of Matti Vihola’s talk tomorrow:

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