I juste received news from the organizers of MCMSki 4 that my proposed session on “Advances in Monte Carlo motivated by applications” has been accepted; it will be the first session I chair at a conference.
Three young and talented speakers have accepted to take part in this session, and I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say:
Alexis Muir-Watt will talk about PMCMC advances for the doubly-intractable problem of estimating a partial order, with application to the social order between 12th century bishops.
Lawrence Murray will also discuss PMCMC, for applications in the environmental sciences including marine biogeochemistry, soil carbon modelling and hurricane tracking.
Simon Barthelmé will discuss using quasi-Kronecker matrices to speed up MCMC for functional ANOVA problems, with an application in neurosciences.
All these speakers have been dealing with challenging data sets and models. These applications have led to methodological advances, and the session will at the same time showcase the variety of applications and the way they help BayesComp methodology progress.
MCMSki 4 will be held in Chamonix, January 6-8 2014.