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MCMSki 3 [recollections]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2011 by xi'an

I am now back home after five exciting and exhausting days in Park City, Utah! As reported earlier, the Adap’skiii meeting went on quite well, with high quality talks relating to edge research. I am thus completely committed to organise the next meeting in three years or so, whether or not MCMSki 4 ever takes place. I also found the ski resort where the meeting took place quite interesting, with plenty of mostly empty ski runs and top quality lodging [with the luxury of a fireplace]. (The downside was a type of runs I was not used to in the Alps, but this showed how far I had to improve in my skiing. And another major downside were the grossly overpriced commodities, because down-town Park City was too far to accommodate my jet-lagged schedule. Despite this lack of complete information, I am slightly bemused at Park City making into the top ten places to go in 2011 according to the New York TImes…) While the picture below, taken from my hotel room/flat, was selected as Shot of the Day by The Canyons, the above panorama picture was provided to me by Luke Bornn, who also gave a fairly interesting talk during the Young Investigators session.

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Adap’skiii [latest]

Posted in pictures, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by xi'an

Just to point out there still is room for more participants to the Adap’skiii workshop (and not only on the ski lifts). We have now reached 60 participants for this Utah workshop  next month and would welcome more, quite obviously! All participants (incl. those only registered for MCMC’ski III) are also free to present a poster on the evening of the 4th of January, in the bar.

MCMC’ski III deadline!

Posted in Mountains, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , on November 17, 2010 by xi'an

This email is a friendly reminder to book your hotel room for the meeting this week. On Nov 20, our room block gets released to the general public and we cannot guarantee that there will be a room for you.

The IMS rates are here. You can follow the link from this form to the hotel booking form.

Adap’skiii program

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by xi'an

We have just posted the (mostly definitive) program for Adap’skii, January 3-4, The Canyons, Utah. This is taking place just before and as a satellite of the larger MCMSki III conference, January 4-7, same location. The registration for the conference and for lodging is available through the  MCMCSki III registration page, Remember also that this Friday is the deadline for applying for MCMSki III Young Investigator travel funding!

News on MCMSki III

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by xi'an

Here is a message sent by the organisers of MCMSki III in Utah next early January. When registering, make sure to tick the free $50 registration for Adap’skiii as well!

The fourth joint international meeting of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis), nicknamed “MCMSki III“, will be held at The Canyons resort in Park City, Utah from Wednesday, January 5 to Friday, January 7, 2011. The central (but not sole) theme of the conference will be  Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and related methods and applications, and will feature 3 plenary speakers (Nicky Best, Mike Newton, Jeff Rosenthal) and six invited sessions from internationally known experts covering a broad array of current and developing statistical practice:

* Environmental Health Statistics (organized by: Montse Fuentes)
* Modeling Dependence for High Throughput Data (organized by: Peter Mueller)
* Advances in MCMC for Genomics (organized by: Giovanni Parmigiani and Clelia DiSerio)
* MCMC for Computationally Intensive Inverse Problems (organized by: Dave Higdon)
* Bayes versus Frequentism in Observational Studies (organized by: Sander Greenland)

In addition, a pre-conference “AdapSki” satellite meeting on adaptive and other advanced MCMC methods will take place on January 3-4,  2011, with Profs. Christian Robert and Christophe Andrieu again serving as lead organizers.

From our registration page, you will find links to the IMS-sponsored conference registration page, the Canyons lodging page, and our abstract submission page.  Please note the “early bird” registration deadline of *November 1, 2010*.

Finally (and most importantly for some), we are very pleased to announce that we have received funds from NSF, NSA, NIH, and ISBA sufficient to help support the travel expenses of perhaps 30 junior investigators (defined as current PhD student, or less than 5 years since PhD).  Some of these funds (NSA) are restricted to students from the U.S., while others (ISBA) are primarily intended for students from economically disadvantaged countries. At the time you register for this support, in addition to the three required items you send by email (copy of your CV, copy of your paper, and *brief* supporting note from your advisor), please also submit your abstract and indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for one of 4 oral presentation slots in our new Young Investigator Invited Session (10 am on Thursday Jan 6).  Please note that the deadline for applying for this support is *October 22, 2010*; again, the deadline to register for the conference itself without a late fee is November 1, 2010.

We look forward to welcoming you in Park City this January!


Brad Carlin and Antonietta Mira, MCMSki III conference co-organizers
Shane Reese, MCMSki III local arrangements chair

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