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Young European Statisticians (YES-IV) Workshop

Bayesian Nonparametric Statistics
November 8-9-10, 2010


Bayesian Nonparametrics is a rapidly growing field at the interface of statistics, probability theory and machine learning. While the Bayes approach is a very general and powerful inference tool (also naturally allowing to include prior information, to treat hierarchies of unknown parameters etc.), its use in nonparametric settings where potentially infinitely many parameters are unknown, turns out to be an exciting and challenging task. At the same time, the recent development of powerful simulation algorithms and the increase of computational power have given a strong impulse to the practical use of Bayesian methods.

The research topics range from the construction of prior distributions on very high dimensional spaces to inference based on the posterior distribution, from establishing consistency of the convergence to the determination of rates and limit shapes of posterior distributions. Recent advances have led to a rapidly growing literature and increasing application of nonparametric Bayesian techniques in a wide range of fields ranging from machine learning to applications in biostatistics and financial mathematics.

The present workshop is directed at young statisticians, in particular Ph.D. students, postdocs and junior researchers, who are interested in the subject of Bayesian Nonparametrics. Mini-courses each consisting of three 45 minute talks on various aspects of Bayesian Nonparametrics will be given by

• Prof. Judith Rousseau, Paris-Dauphine University

• Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani, Cambridge

• Prof. Yongdai Kim, Seoul National University

• Prof. Harry van Zanten, TU Eindhoven

This is the fourth workshop in the series of YES (Young European Statisticians) workshops. The first was held in October 2007 on Shape Restricted Inference with seminars given by Lutz Dümbgen (Bern) and Jon Wellner (Seattle) together with shorter talks by Laurie Davies (Duisburg-Essen) and Geurt Jongbloed (Delft). The second workshop was held in October 2008 on High Dimensional Statistics with seminars given by Sara van de Geer (Zürich), Nicolai Meinshausen (Oxford) and Gilles Blanchard (Berlin). The third was held October 2009 on Paradigms of Model Choice, with seminars given by  Laurie Davies (Duisburg-Essen), Peter Grünwald (Amsterdam), Nils Hjort (Oslo) and Christian Robert (Paris).


dr.  B.J.K. Kleijn
Korteweg-De Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde, Amsterdam
email: B.J.K.Kleijn'at'uva.nl

• dr.  I. Castillo
CNRS, Laboratoire Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires, Paris
email: ismael.castillo'at'upmc.fr

• Prof. dr. G. Jongbloed
University of Technology, Delft
email: G.jongbloed'at'ewi.tudelft.nl



With special thanks and acknowledgement for the contributions of the following sponsors:

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Speakers & Participants
Programme & Abstracts
Practical Information

Details on speakers, programme etc. will be updated regularly.


Keynote: Contributed:
Zoubin Ghahramani Julyan Arbel
Yongdai Kim Alexandra Babenko
Judith Rousseau Eleni Bakra
Harry van Zanten Dominique Bontemps
  Maria Anna Di Lucca
  René de Jonge
  Soleiman Khazaei
  Bartek Knapik
  Willem Kruijer
  Steffen Ventz

The presentations of the mini-courses are now available online. Contributed speakers who wish to make their presentations available should contact Patty Koorn.


Registration is closed.

Registration fee is 75 euros, to be paid by all participants (excluding speakers and TU/e personnel)

(For the registration form you will be redirected to the website of the Technical University of Eindhoven)

Please indicate on the registration form your attendance, participation in the lunches, dinner.

For keynote speakers hotel accommodation in Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre  will be reserved. You are requested to indicate arrival and departure dates on the registration form.

For accepted contributed speakers, double rooms will be reserved, also in Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre. These rooms will be shared. For 45 euro per night (your own expense) you may prefer a single room. In that case please mark the box on the registration form.

Participants have to make their own hotelbooking. However, they can get a reduced rate if they book our preferred hotel (Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre).
Please send an email to Patty Koorn for instructions on how to obtain this special price.

For other bookings we suggest to consult the web pages of the Tourist Information Eindhoven, Postbus 7, 5600 AA Eindhoven.

Practical information

Conference Location
the workshop location is EURANDOM,  Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, Laplace Building, 1st floor, LG 1.105.

EURANDOM is located on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, in the 'Laplacegebouw' building' (LG on the map). The university is located at 10 minutes walking distance from Eindhoven railway station (take the exit north side and walk towards the tall building on the right with the sign TU/e).

For all information on how to come to Eindhoven, please check: http://www.eurandom.tue.nl/contact.htm

For more information please contact Mrs. Patty Koorn, workshop officer at EURANDOM.



YES-I  on "Shape Restricted Inference", October 8-9-10, 2007

YES-II on "High dimensional statistics", October 6-7-8, 2008

YES-III "Paradigms of Model Choice", October 5-6-7, 2009







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