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Basque thesis defence [Bayes almost on the beach]

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2021 by xi'an

Yesterday morning I took part in a thesis defence (as a jury member) in the coastal city of Anglet, in the (French part of the) Basque Country. The PhD candidate was Sébastien Coube-Sisqueille, whom I did not know directly (although we had crossed paths at CIRM years ago and he had attended my MCMC course at ENSAE even more years ago). As it happened all other members of the committee, apart from Sébastien’s advisor, Benoît Liquet, were on Teams, being unable to travel to the Basque Country. Sébastien’s thesis is about MCMC strategies to accelerate convergence in spatial models represented as nearest neighbor Gaussian processes (NNGP), which relates to the earlier works of (X)XL on interweaving. (Unsurprisingly, the defence was successful and the candidate awarded his PhD!) Icing on the cake, I managed to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, before flying back to Paris for dinner, on a very warm afternoon (and slightly cooler water), thanks to Sébastien driving me to a nearby beach!

over the Alps [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2019 by xi'an

Mount Baker in the sky [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2018 by xi'an

end of the Canadian Rockies [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2018 by xi'an

Canadian Rockies [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2018 by xi'an

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