Pierre Jacob defended his PhD on Monday, which was also the first time I was on the examiner bench at a PhD viva (much less stressful than being the candidate!). Unsurprisingly, the viva went very well, with laudatory reports. His thesis is a collection of 5(!) papers he co-wrote, including Free energy SMC, SMC², Block independent Methopolis-Hastings, Parallel Adaptive Wang-Landau (my personal favourite), and our collaboration on the Wang-Landau Flat Histogram.
I have been impressed not only by the quality of Pierre’s work, but also by his ability to start collaborations with many different researchers all around the world (co-authors in 6 countries already). He is now moving to Singapore for a postdoc with Ajay Jasra and has started a handful of very interesting projects, so there is much more to be expected!