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Stochastic Modeling and Computational Statistics

SMAC talks are held each Friday during fall and spring semesters from 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM in 327 Thomas Building. Talks last 40 minutes, with time for clarification questions. The last 10 minutes are for open-ended discussion.

The general guidelines for each talk: 

  1. 40 minutes for each talk + 10 minutes for discussion.
  2. The talk should be accessible to all grad students who have completed 1 year of the program.
  3. Informal style. For instance, chalk and blackboard talks are welcome.
  4. Interruptions during the talk are welcome but they should only be for clarifications; longer questions are to be left to the discussion period.
  5. Unpublished work may not be shared or discussed outside the group without the permission of the speaker/author.
  6. While a large proportion of the talks may be related to stochastic modeling and computing, a much broader list of topics have also been discussed in this series.


Speaker Topic

January 12

Bharath Sriperumbudur Distribution Regression
January 19 Bharath Sriperumbudur Distribution Regression Part 2
January 26 Laura Le (faculty candidate) Using Evaluation Continuously to Improve a Course
February 02 Prabhani Kuruppumulluge (faculty candidate) Enhance Student Learning Experience: what can we do?
February 09 Guido Cervone (Geography) Stochastic Evolutionary Algorithms Guided by Machine Learning for Atmospheric Source Detection
February 16 Jordan Awan Structure and Sensitivity in Differential Privacy: Comparing K-Norm Mechanisms
February 23 Rebekah Dawson (Astronomy) Testing the Origins of Close-in Exoplanet Populations
March 02 Roberto Molinari Fast and Robust Parametric Inference for Random Fields
March 09 Spring Break (No seminar)  
March 16 Nina Xu (Bucknell Math/Stat) Extended Canonical Correlation Analysis with Penalization
March 23 Ben Lee A Fast Particle-Based Approach for Computer Model Calibration
March 30 Stephane Guerrier  
April 06 Yuan Ke  
April 13 Daisy Philtron  
April 20 Kevin Quinlan  
April 27 Maciek Boni (Biology)  Inferring the time of infection from serological data

A look back at previous SMAC TALKS.