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Journées MAS2014, Toulouse, Aug. 27-29

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2014 by xi'an

For those interested in visiting Toulouse at the end of the summer for a French speaking conference in Probability and Statistics, the Modélisation-Aléatoire-Statistique branch of SMAI (the French version of SIAM) is holding its yearly conference. The main theme this year is “High dimension phenomena”, but a large panel of the French research in Probability and Statistics will be represented. The program contains in particular:

  • Six plenary conferences and 3 talks by the recent winners of the “Prix Jacques Neveu” award [including Pierre Jacob!],
  • 22 parallel sessions, from probability theory to applied statistics and machine learning,
  • Posters session for students

More detail is available on the conference website (in French).  (The organizing committee is made of Aurélien Garivier, Sébastien Gerchinovitz, Aldéric Joulin, Clément Pellegrini, and Laurent Risser.)

in the time of cholera

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2014 by xi'an

thesis defence

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , on September 4, 2012 by xi'an

Today, my (now former) PhD student Pierre Jacob defended his thesis in Paris-Dauphine. This is a superb thesis on computational Bayesian statistics with five papers accepted or in the process of being accepted, covering parallel MCMC (our joint paper in JCGS with Murray Smith), free energy sampler (with Nicolas Chopin, who was also involved in the thesis direction, published in Bayesian Statistics 9), Wang-Landau algorithms, both at the theory (with Robin Ryder, in revision for AAP) and algorithmic levels (with Luke Bornn, Arnaud Doucet and Pierre Del Moral in JCGS) and SMC² (with Nicolas Chopin and Omiros Papaspiliopoulos, to appear in Series B). This impressive range of results was accomplished in about two years and a half, thanks to a high level of autonomy and an intense involvment in the thestis, as well as a long visit to Vancouver (UBC) where he collaborated with Luke Bornn and Arnaud Doucet. My advisor role was thus more in re-reading papers and arranging trips abroad than in directing the research per se, at least at the daily level, which suited me perfectly! After a two-month visit in Perth this summer/winter, Pierre will soon move to Singapore for a postdoctoral year collaborating with Ajay Jasra (and presumably many others, given his ability to start new projects wherever he goes). Congratulations for the thesis and good luck for the future!

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