Archive for Villa Borghese

a day in Roma

Posted in Books, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2016 by xi'an

Last Friday I spent about 24 hours in Roma due to Clara Grazian defending her thesis there, which was awarded the highest PhD degree from both Sapienza Università di Roma and Université Paris-Dauphine. Her thesis was composed of her papers on ABC for integrated likelihood, on Jeffreys priors for mixtures (which sadly was rejected a few weeks ago), and on scoring rules à la Dawid for model choice. Clara was the first student to graduate from the joint graduate program between Sapienza and Paris-Dauphine, and I look forward the graduation of the next students!It was absolutely wonderful to be there, not only to attend the defence with Marilena Barbieri, Fabrizio Leisen, and Brunero Liseo (who was also Clara’s supervisor) and to congratulate Clara on the completion of her thesis, but also to meet [albeit much too briefly] with old friends, to enjoy great Roman food, perfect weather, my usual long run along the Tiber and twelve of its bridges in the glorious Roman morning, and “just” this unique feeling of Roma in Spring…

morning run in Roma

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2016 by xi'an

da Roma

Posted in pictures, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by xi'an

It has been a wonderful week in Roma, a mix of pleasant work and enjoyable free-time! I gave the ABC advanced course for the second time in a month so it did not require much in terms of preparation and there was a good sized audience with attentive (if too silent!) students and friends as well. The addition of the R labs was a clear bonus and I will increase their volume when I give the course afresh, because it brings questions and understanding out of the students. (Having limitations with the use of my laptop on video-projectors does not help. I may have to switch to a non-Mac machine in the near future… or eventually adopt the Mac OS.) It was also great to have time to share with friends and discussing research as well as the absurdities of the Italian funding system, which includes a lottery for allocating funding!

On the touristy side, being withing jogging distance of every part of downtown Roma meant I could have a new (fleeting) glimpse of La Citta every morning while going to La Sapienza and even take (hundreds of) pictures on the go, thanks to a uniformly sunny weather that contrasted with the snow of three weeks ago. I also sampled great food (of course!) [and wine, of course too!], from the Roman carciofi a la giudia to Calabrese ‘nduja (which originates from the Norma andouille) and Sicilian pies and canolli

A Roma [5]

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , on March 2, 2012 by xi'an

This morning I had a terrific run in the Villa Borghese, ending up with a view of the sunrised Rome from the belveder e on top of Piazza del Popolo. Difficult to beat for a morning run view, hey?! (This happens to be the first place I ever ran in Rome, about 15 years ago, when I came for the launch of the most successful TMR European project on MCMC methods. As a coincidence, this was the day of the Rome marathon and I managed to run part of the track on my own by rising early enough…)

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