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my talk in Newcastle

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2020 by xi'an

I will be talking (or rather zooming) at the statistics seminar at the University of Newcastle this afternoon on the paper Component-wise approximate Bayesian computation via Gibbs-like steps that just got accepted by Biometrika (yay!). Sadly not been there for real, as I would have definitely enjoyed reuniting with friends and visiting again this multi-layered city after discovering it for the RSS meeting of 2013, which I attended along with Jim Hobert and where I re-discussed the re-Read DIC paper. Before traveling south to Warwick to start my new appointment there. (I started with a picture of Seoul taken from the slopes of Gwanaksan about a year ago as a reminder of how much had happened or failed to happen over the past year…Writing 2019 as the year was unintentional but reflected as well on the distortion of time induced by the lockdowns!)


Bernoulli-IMS One World Symposium 2020 [accessible to everyone from everywhere!]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2020 by xi'an

[Since the Bernoulli-IMS meeting in Seoul had to be postponed till August 2021, the IMS, the Bernoulli society and the founding organisers of the One World webinars got together to hastily patch up a virtual substitute, resulting in this exciting event, a first on many different reality planes, with a surprisingly positive return from contacted speakers and co-organisers. The first Bernoulli-IMS meeting where the sun never sets! Free of fees and travel costs. Hopefully accessible for “everyone from everywhere”, that is, even from countries with restrictions on Internet access like China and Cuba. Or with poor broadband access.]

Join the Bernoulli Society and IMS for the first-ever, Bernoulli-IMS One World Symposium 2020 August 24-28, 2020! The meeting will be virtual with many new experimental features. Participation at the symposium is free, but registration is mandatory to get the passwords for the Zoom sessions.

Live talks by plenary speakers include Emmanuel Candes, Martin Hairer, Kerrie Mengersen, and Wendelin Werner. The symposium will also include live talks by early career speakers, prerecorded 10-minute talks with discussion sessions, posters, experimental interactive events, and problem solving sessions. Topics from probability and  mathematical statistics are arranged in 23 sessions (with 23 Zoom rooms) to which all researchers are warmly invited to contribute and discuss their original research results. Live talks will be set at two different times in order to reach the most time zones.

Accessible to Everyone from Everywhere!

Barolo [서울에서]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2020 by xi'an

IMS-Bernoulli congress delayed [WC2020]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2020 by xi'an

Just received the sad news that the 10th World Congress in Probability and Statistics (WC2020), jointly organized by the Bernoulli Society and IMS, in Seoul, 17-21 August 2020, must be delayed till next year. I expect the same to happen for JSM 2020 in Philly.

my country

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2019 by xi'an

Watching a new Korean drama TV series, called My country: The New Age, which relates to the early years of the Joseon dynasty and the power shifts between the first King, Yi Seung-Gye, later of King Taejo, a former general taking over by assassinating the previous ruler (and making him the last of his dynasty!), and his sons, but involving heavily three young characters growing through these years and making them instrumental to solving these power fights. First, Seo Hwi, the son of the greatest warrior of the (previous) era who was wrongly dishonored, himself a fabulous warrior, who witnessed his father’s suicide and was left alone to protect his sick sister Seo Yeon. Continuously persecuted by Naem Jeon, an eminence grise behind Yi Seung-Gye and definitely the arch-evil character of the series, with Hwi aiming at taking revenge on him, although he comes several times with opportunities to kill him and does not. (The number of violent deaths in the series is staggering!) Second, Han Hui-Jae a rebellious young woman raised in a gisaeng (geisha equivalent) residence by the owner of the place, after the political murder of her mother under Hui-Jae’s eyes. Rising to prominence in the structure which is used to gather information and gain influence through the clients of the place. And in love with Hwi. Third, Nam Seon-Ho, illegitimate son of Naem Jeon, whom he hates for causing the suicide of his low-born mother and who raises him after the death of his legitimate son (it however requires most of the show for Seon-Ho to turn completely against his father). Close friend of Hwi, but also his competitor in the military exams, which he unfairly wins by his father weighting in, and equally in love with Hae. Protector of Yeon when his brother Hwi gets sent to a disciplinary military unit for rebelling against the exam result. With the two never truly and actively fighting one another, as the old friendship keeps Seon-Ho saving Hwi and counter-acting his father’s nefarious moves, even though Seon-Ho pretends to aim only at gaining power. A complex  if classical triangle, with a theatrical (in the sense of formal and unrealistic) organisation of the plot. The most interesting character in the whole show may be Yi Bang-Won, the fifth son of the new king Yi Seung-Gye, who supported him acceding the throne and who strongly resents not being his nominated successor. (Maybe because he has a deeper presence, thank to historical sources. He would eventually become King Taejong.) Very similar in many ways to the Scholar who walks the night, except without a fantastic part. Almost indistinguishable music as well. But still an interesting experience, esp. when watching it in Seoul (which was Hanseong at that time.)