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Posted in Kids, pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2014 by xi'an

flight to Montpelliers, Feb. 2012A few weeks ago, I read in the NYT an article about the American Academy of Religion cancelling its 2021 annual meeting as a sabbatical year, for environmental reasons.

“We could choose to not meet at a huge annual meeting in which we take over a city. Every year, each participant going to the meeting uses a quantum of carbon that is more than considerable. Air travel, staying in hotels, all of this creates a way of living on the Earth that is carbon intensive. It could be otherwise.”

While I am not in the least interested in the conference or in the topics covered by this society or yet in the benevolent religious activities suggested as a substitute, the notion of cancelling the behemoths that are our national and international academic meetings holds some appeal. I have posted several times on the topic, especially about JSM, and I have no clear and definitive answer to the question. Still, there lies a lack of efficiency on top of the environmental impact that we could and should try to address. Benidorm, June 5, 2010As I was thinking of those issues in the past week, I made another of my numerous “carbon footprints” by attending NIPS across the Atlantic for two workshops than ran in parallel with about twenty others. And hence could have taken place in twenty different places. Albeit without the same exciting feeling of constant intellectual simmering. And without the same mix of highly interactive scholars from all over the planet. (Although the ABC in Montréal workshop seemed predominantly European!) Since workshops are in my opinion the most profitable type of meeting, I would like to experiment with a large meeting made of those (focussed and intense) workshops in such a way that academics would benefit without travelling long distances across the World. One idea would be to have local nodes where a large enough group of researchers could gather to attend video-conferences given from any of the other nodes and to interact locally in terms of discussions and poster presentations. This should even increase the feedback on selected papers as small groups would more readily engage into discussing and criticising papers than a huge conference room. If we could build a World-wide web (!) of such nodes, we could then dream of a non-stop conference, with no central node, no gigantic conference centre, no terrifying beach-ressort…

MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #11)

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2013 by xi'an

Now that the important deadline of October 15 for MCMSki IV is over,

First, thanks to the more that 160 participants who already registred! The audience is now larger than at any of the previous MCMSki meetings! (Obviously, from a statistical perspective, the comparison is somewhat unfair as running three parallel sessions instead of one single track session is bound to attract more participants, like the speakers themselves!) But it means a lot of people interacting with one another, sharing ideas and tricks at the coffee breaks. Fighting for restaurants and ski lifts. Exchanging stories and gossips at the poster session(s). Competing during the Richard Tweedie ski race. Sounds very exciting! And those who have not yet registered still have till mid December to do so (the only potential worry being a shortage of rooms available in town).

Second, 28 students and junior investigators have been awarded the young investigator travel support for some moderate amount of money toward travelling to Geneva and Chamonix. Thanks to ISBA and to SBSS (the Bayesian Statistical Science Section of the ASA) and to the BayesComp Section of ISBA for their financial support.

Third, let me repeat that poster presentations are not subject to a selection process and that anyone attending MCMSki IV should feel like presenting a poster at one of the two poster nights. There is still plenty of space and of opportunities for interactions and sound advices. Just send an abstract to bayesianstatistics@gmail.com ! See my special wordpress blog for the first deposits of abstracts.

MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #10)

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2013 by xi'an

This a final reminder about the October 15 deadlines for MCMSki IV:

First, the early bird rate for the registration ends up on October 15.

Second, the young investigator travel support can only be requested up to October 15 as well. (For those waiting for the decision about the support to register, the registration deadline will be lifted!)

Third, poster presentations are not subject to a selection process: anyone attending MCMSki IV is free to present a poster at one of the two poster nights. Just send an abstract to bayesianstatistics@gmail.com !

MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #9)

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2013 by xi'an

This a reminder about the October 15 deadlines for MCMSki IV:

First, the early bird rate for the registration ends up on October 15.

Second, the young investigator travel support can only be requested up to October 15 as well.

Be sure to book your hotel or rental place early too as Chamonix is quite popular in January. (I had few choices left for my own rental, a few weeks ago..!)

MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #8)

Posted in Kids, Mountains, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2013 by xi'an

A reposted item of news about MCMSki IV: as posted by Brad Carlin this afternoon to the Biometrics Section and Bayesian Statistical Science Section of the ASA,

The fifth joint international meeting of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis), nicknamed “MCMSki IV”, will be held in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, from Monday, January 6 to Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  The meeting, the first for the newly-created BayesComp section of ISBA, will focus on all aspects of MCMC theory and methodology, including related fields like sequential Monte Carlo, approximate Bayesian computation, Hamiltonian Monte Carlo.  In contrast with the earlier meetings, it will merge the satellite Adap’ski workshop into the main meeting by having parallel invited and contributed sessions on those different themes, as well as poster sessions on both Monday and Tuesday nights.  In addition, a one-day post-conference satellite workshop on Bayesian nonparametrics, modelling and computations (“BNPski)” will be held in the same location on January 9th, 2014.

Please see our conference website,

http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~mwl25/mcmski/

for more information, including links to the preliminary program, lodging and travel information, and our conference registration page.  Please note the “early bird” registration deadline of *October 15, 2013*.

Finally (and most importantly for some), we are very pleased to announce that we have received funds from ISBA, SBSS, and other sources sufficient to help support the travel expenses of some junior investigators (defined as current PhD student, or less than 5 years since PhD). Information about how to apply for this support can be found at:

http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~mwl25/mcmski/student.html

Note that to apply you must first register with the ISBA website (if you have not done so already) and submit your abstract to the ISBA Abstract Page.  Full directions are given at the link above.  The deadline to apply for this financial support is also October 15, 2013.

We look forward to welcoming you in Chamonix this January!

Best,

Brad Carlin, Antonietta Mira, and Christian Robert
MCMSki IV conference co-organizers

MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #7)

Posted in Mountains, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2013 by xi'an

More exciting (and important!) news about MCMSki IV:

First, some if not all of the 9 invited and the 16 contributed sessions are about now documented by abstracts. The program is completely set! If you plan to present a poster, remember to send me by email (a) surname, name (institution): title as the subject, (b) abstract and keywords (and possibly a link to a paper) as the body of the mail, at your earliest convenience.

Second, ISBA, SBSS and the BayesComp section of ISBA are putting $11,000 together to support travel for young researchers (who also get special rates at registration). lf you are a young researcher and looking for travel support, please apply at your earliest convenience on the ISBA via the ISBA form. (Details on that page.) Deadline for applications is September 30, mind!

Last, I just made my own reservation of a rental flat in Chamonix and noticed the offers are not so numerous any longer, so make sure to check soon if you do not want to go through the Conference Centre reservation system. And also if you do since the number of rooms is limited.

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