The fourth joint international meeting of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis), nicknamed “MCMSki III“, will be held at The Canyons resort in Park City, Utah from Wednesday, January 5 to Friday, January 7, 2011. The central (but not sole) theme of the conference will be Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and related methods and applications, and will feature 3 plenary speakers (Nicky Best, Mike Newton, Jeff Rosenthal) and six invited sessions from internationally known experts covering a broad array of current and developing statistical practice:
* Environmental Health Statistics (organized by: Montse Fuentes)
* Modeling Dependence for High Throughput Data (organized by: Peter Mueller)
* Advances in MCMC for Genomics (organized by: Giovanni Parmigiani and Clelia DiSerio)
* MCMC for Computationally Intensive Inverse Problems (organized by: Dave Higdon)
* Bayes versus Frequentism in Observational Studies (organized by: Sander Greenland)
In addition, a pre-conference “AdapSki” satellite meeting on adaptive and other advanced MCMC methods will take place on January 3-4, 2011, with Profs. Christian Robert and Christophe Andrieu again serving as lead organizers.
From our registration page, you will find links to the IMS-sponsored conference registration page, the Canyons lodging page, and our abstract submission page. Please note the “early bird” registration deadline of *November 1, 2010*.
Finally (and most importantly for some), we are very pleased to announce that we have received funds from NSF, NSA, NIH, and ISBA sufficient to help support the travel expenses of perhaps 30 junior investigators (defined as current PhD student, or less than 5 years since PhD). Some of these funds (NSA) are restricted to students from the U.S., while others (ISBA) are primarily intended for students from economically disadvantaged countries. At the time you register for this support, in addition to the three required items you send by email (copy of your CV, copy of your paper, and *brief* supporting note from your advisor), please also submit your abstract and indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for one of 4 oral presentation slots in our new Young Investigator Invited Session (10 am on Thursday Jan 6). Please note that the deadline for applying for this support is *October 22, 2010*; again, the deadline to register for the conference itself without a late fee is November 1, 2010.
We look forward to welcoming you in Park City this January!
Brad Carlin and Antonietta Mira, MCMSki III conference co-organizers
Shane Reese, MCMSki III local arrangements chair