Pierre Jacob’s viva

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!


2 Responses to “Pierre Jacob’s viva”

  1. New job, same blog « Statisfaction Says:

    […] having completed my PhD (Xi’an and Robin kindly blogged about it there and there) in France, I am now a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS), in the […]

  2. Lux Says:

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    Well, you call him when he’s ironing !

    Just to confirm you cannot anymore trust on ANY frenchie organi$m , for they’re (almost) all corrupted to the very roots ! …

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