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Stochastic Modeling and Computational Statistics

Spring 2020

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 Unpublished work may not be shared or discussed outside the group without the permission of the speaker/author.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.





January 17 Elizabeth Eisenhauer A Lattice and Random Intermediate Point Sampling Design for Animal Movement
January 24 Likun Zhang Flexible Modeling of Spatial Extremes on Datasets with Many Locations
January 31 Siddharth Vishwanath Topological Data Analysis (Cancelled)
February 7 Alexei Novikov On Sparse Recovery in High Dimensions
February 14 Lixiang Zhang Deep Variable-Block Chain with Adaptive Variable Selection
February 21 Ethan Fang Inductive Bias of Gradient Descent based Adversarial Training on Separable Data
February 28 Medha Uppala Modeling Wildfire Ignition Origins in Southern California using Linear Network Point Processes
March 6 No talk
March 13 No talk -- Spring Break  
Postponed Chris Jewel  
March 27 No talk  
Postponed Zhou Lan  
Postponed Weijie Su  
Postponed Patrick Drew  
Postponed Meridith Bartley  
Postponed Aleksandra Slavkovic  
May 8 Finals Week No talk

A look back at previous SMAC TALKS.