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December 2009

Date: Thursday December 17
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica. Room 1151.
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, Department of Biostatistics, Department of Mathematics and (sfi)². This seminar is funded by the Italian Embassy in Oslo.
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Julia Mortera, Department of Economics, Università Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
Title: Bayesian Networks for Complex DNA mixture analysis (At the interface between biostatistics, genetics and the law).
Abstract


  • US students can apply for a grant for a 2-11 months visit to (sfi)2. See: here! Deadline is December 15, 2009. Contact us if you need help in applying.


Date: Tuesday December 15-Wednesday December 16
Place: Statistics for Innovation (sfi)² / Norwegian computing center (NR)
Event: (sfi)² 3rd Vine Copula Workshop.


Date: Tuesday December 8
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Arvid Raknerud (Statistics Norway)
Title: Forecasting key macroeconomic variables from a large number of predictors: A state space approach
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


  • Post doc - Climate change and the insurance industry. Deadline: December 1, 2009. More information here.


Date: Tuesday December 1
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Francesco Ravazzolo (Norges Bank)
Title: Ditch the Ex! Forecast Densities for Economic Aggregates from Disaggregate Ensembles
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


November 2009

Date: Monday November 30
Place: Norwegian Computing Center, room Alfa-Omega
Event: Seminar for employees at NR and (sfi)²
Speaker: Lars Holden, Norwegian Computing Center
Title: Artikkelskriving (in Norwegian)
14.00->: Lecture
Themes: Valg av tidsskrifter, skriveprosessen, språk, dialog med tidsskrift, regler for medforfattere, uredelighet i forskning, refereearbeid...


Date: Wednesday November 25
Place: Store auditorium, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Kirkeveien 166, Oslo
Event: Morten Wang Fagerland's (Ullevål University Hospital) PhD defense (disputas)
Time: 12.00->
Title: Performance of significance tests, with emphasis on three statistical problems in medical research
See Defended Ph.Ds for info on committee, advisors etc.


Date: Wednesday November 25
Place: Auditorium 3 (Blått), Rikshospitalet, Sognsvannsveien 20, Oslo
Event: Nina Gunnes' (Dept of Biostatistics, University of Oslo) PhD defense (disputas)
Time: 10.15->
Title: Adjusting for incomplete data using dynamic approaches
See Defended Ph.Ds for info on committee, advisors etc.


Date: Tuesday November 24
Place: Store auditorium, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Kirkeveien 166, Oslo
Event: Morten Wang Fagerland's (Ullevål University Hospital) PhD trial lecture (prøveforelesning)
Time: 15.30-16.15
Title: Why do we need goodness of fit tests and non-parametric tests in medical research?
See Defended Ph.Ds for info on committee, advisors etc.


Date: Tuesday November 24
Place: Auditorium 1 (Grønt), Rikshospitalet, Sognsvannsveien 20, Oslo
Event: Nina Gunnes' (Dept of Biostatistics, University of Oslo) PhD trial lecture (prøveforelesning)
Time: 15.15-16.15
Title: A review of published methods for dealing with missing measurements in longitudinal models
See Defended Ph.Ds for info on committee, advisors etc.


  • New R inla web page. The R inla packages solves models using Integrated nested Laplace approximation (INLA), which is a new approach to statistical inference for latent Gaussian Markov random field (GMRF) models.
  • New York Times, august 5th: "I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians," said Hal Varian, chief economist at Google. "And I’m not kidding." See the NYT.


Date: Thursday November 19
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica. Room 2180
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, Department of Biostatistics, Department of Mathematics and (sfi)²
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Odd Aalen, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo
Title: Why does statistics play such a large role in medical research?
Abstract


Date: Tuesday November 17
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica. Nye Auditorium 13
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, organized by BMMS
Time: 14:00-15:30
Speakers: Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio (Dept. of Biostatistics, UiO), Svenn-Erik Mamelund (Division of Infectious Disease Control, Norwegian Institute of Public Health), Jon Michael Gran (Dept. of Biostatistics, UiO), Ottar Bjørnstad (Dept. of Biostatistics, UiO / Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University), and Yiting Xue (Dept. of Biostatistics, UiO)
Title: INFLUENZA PANDEMIC
Abstract


Date: Tuesday November 10 SEMINAR IS POSTPONED!
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Peter Friis-Hansen (Det Norske Veritas)
Title: Bayesianske nettverk i risikoanalyser (Bayesian networks in risk analysis)
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract: TBA


  • Ph.D RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (deadline November 1st, 2009): Statistics for Innovation offers one 3-year Ph.D fellowship. We seek a candidate interested in developing statistical methodology within the areas of spatial and spatio-temporal statistics, Bayesian methods and simulation based inference. The project will be application-driven with an emphasis towards marine biological problems. Look here for more info.


  • Post doc - Psychiatric Neuroimaging. Deadline: November 1, 2009. Look here for more info.


October 2009

Date: Thursday October 29
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica, room 2183
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, Department of Biostatistics, Department of Mathematics and (sfi)²
Time: 15:00-16:00. Coffee/tea is served from 14:45.
Speaker: Christine Parr, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo
Title: Recall bias in case-control studies
Abstract


Date: Tuesday October 20
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Sverre Kittelsen (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)
Title: Non-parametric estimation of efficiency and production possibility sets using bootstrapped Data envelopment analysis (DEA)
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Thursday October 15
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica, room 1128.
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, the Department of Biostatistics, the Division of Statistics and (sfi)2
Time: 14:00-15:00. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Joe Sexton, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo
Title: P-value combination for testing group difference
Abstract


Date: Tuesday October 6
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Trond Reitan (Department of Biology, University of Oslo)
Title: Modelling phenotypic evolution using layered stochastic differential equations
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


September 2009

Date: Monday September 21-Wednesday September 23
Place: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, Oslo, Norway
Event: BMMS and (sfi)² International Workshop on Causal modelling.


Date: Thursday September 17
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica.
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, the Department of Biostatistics, the Division of Statistics and (sfi)2
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Marit Veierød, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo
Title: Solarium - venn eller fiende? (The seminar will be in norwegian)
Abstract: Solariebruk gir økt risiko for hudkreft, men kan det også forebygge sykdom?


Date: Tuesday September 15
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Yongdai Kim (Dept of Statistics, Seoul National University, South Korea)
Title: Sparse Regression with Incentive
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Friday September 4
Event: Workshop of Italian researchers in Norway. Organized by the Embassy of Italy in Oslo and (sfi)².


Date: Tuesday September 1
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Peter Guttorp (Dept of Statistics, University of Washington, The Northwest Research Center for Statistics and the Environment, and (sfi)2)
Title: Some extreme value problems in climate research
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


August 2009

Date: Friday August 28
Place: Statistics for Innovation (sfi)² / Norwegian computing center (NR), room alfa-omega
Event: Statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Henry Wynn (London School of Economics)
Title: The sequential k-out-of-n problem: an application of algebra to probability.
15.15-16.00: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Friday August 28
Place: Statistics for Innovation (sfi)² / Norwegian computing center (NR), room alfa-omega
Event: Statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Paul Embrechts (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
Title: Did a mathematical formula really blow up Wall Street?
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract: On Gaussian copulas and web-blogs, couples and copulas, Black Swans and the like. All this in the context of the financial crisis. (Remark: this is a light talk and a serious topic).


Date: Tuesday August 25
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 12th floor, seminar room
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: George Casella (University of Florida, USA)
Title: Estimation in Dirichlet Random Effects Models
15.30-16.15: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Tuesday August 25
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 12th floor, seminar room
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Sylvia Richardson (Imperial College London, UK)
Title: Approximate Bayesian Computation under model uncertainty, with application to protein network evolution
14.15-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


  • The (sfi)² scientific advisory board is meeting from Tuesday 25 August to Friday 28 August.


June 2009

  • After a two weeks long secondments in London, we continue the intense joint activity within our CCII project- climate change and the insurance industry. Henry Wynn (LSE) visits Gjensidige and several meetings are organized with scientists from met.no on downscaling.

Date: Thursday June 11
Place: TOP building – (#49) Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål
Event: Imaging Genetics: Statistical Workshop, jointly organized by TOP study group UiO/South East Health Authority and (sfi)2
Time: 09:00-15:00
Program
09.00 Introduction. Ole Andreassen / Arnoldo Frigessi
09.05 Common variants in neurodevelopment genes affect brain structure. Do we need tools for dimension reductions? Prof. Anders Dale, UCSD.
Discussion
10.00 Sparse multivariate method to study whole genome genotype – imaging phenotypes associations. Director Tom Nichols, GSK/Oxford.
Discussion
11.00 Sparse multivariate methods – some examples. Prof. Giovanni Montana, Imperial.
Discussion
12-13 Lunch
1300 GWAS study of fMRI activation in amygdala – preliminary findings. Andrew Brown PhD, Oslo.
Discussion
1400 How to move forward ? Final discussion –
1500 – Closing remarks


Thursday June 4, 0900-1300: NFR Site visit to (sfi)²


May 2009

Date: Thursday May 28
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, the Department of Biostatistics, the Division of Statistics and (sfi)2
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Gianpaolo Scalia Tomba, Deptartment of Mathematics, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy.
Title: Mathematical models for infectious disease epidemics: another kind of "epidemiology"
Abstract


Date: Tuesday May 26
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Simen Schweder
Title: Elektroniske anbefalingssystemer og Netflix-konkurransen
14.15-15.15: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Monday May 25-Tuesday May 26
Place: Oslo
Event: Workshop: Enhancing estimation of incidence of problem drug use.
Note: SIRUS has initiated and will host a work-shop 25-26 May 2009 in Oslo, financed also by BMMS and SFI and carried out in collaboration with EMCDDA, titled “Enhancing estimation of incidence of problem drug use”. Participation is by invitation only.


Date: Thursday May 14
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica, room 2180
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, the Department of Biostatistics, the Division of Statistics and (sfi)2
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Jo Røislien, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo.
Title: Statistical analysis of human gait
Abstract


April 2009

  • Klimaendringer og samfunnsansvar was the title of the lecture given by Helge Baastad, konsernsjef i Gjensidige, at the FNHs årskonferanse. This lecture included announicing both our ccii european network and the norklima project. The Norwegian Financial Services Association (FNH) represents commercial banks, financial services institutions and insurance companies in Norway. FNH has some 50 large and smaller financial companies as members.


Date: Tuesday April 28
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Håkon Tjelmeland (Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU)
Title: Approximative calculations for discrete Markov random fields
14.15-15.15: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Tuesday April 21
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Cristiano Varin (University Ca' Foscari, Italy)
Title: Composite Likelihoods
14.15-15.15: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Friday April 3
Place: Statistics for Innovation (sfi)² / Norwegian computing center (NR), room delta
Event: Statistics seminar
Time: 13.00-14.00
Speaker: Henning Omre (Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU)
Title: Bayesian closed-skew Gaussian inversion of seismic AVO data into elastic material properties
Abstract


March 2009

  • Peter Guttorp has accepted to join (sfi)². His position in Oslo is funded equally by Statistics for Innovation and NR. Peter Guttorp is Professor of Statistics, Director of the Northwest Research Center for Statistics and the Environment, and member of the QERM interdisciplinary faculty, University of Washington, USA. His research interests include uses of stochastic models in scientific applications in hydrology, atmospheric science, geophysics, environmental science, and hematology. He is one of the leading scientists in statistical climatology. His first visit to Oslo is scheduled for March 16th.
  • Good news for statisticians! According to the Wall Street Journal, statisticians have the third best possible job, after our cousins mathematicians and actuarians. See here for a description of the study.
  • R! The New York Times writes on R! Close to 1,600 different packages reside on just one of the many Web sites devoted to R, and the number of packages has grown exponentially. While it is difficult to calculate exactly how many people use R, those most familiar with the software estimate that close to 250 000 people work with it regularly. Intel Capital has placed the number of R users at 1 million, and Revolution kicks the estimate all the way up to 2 million. R first appeared in 1996, when the statistics professors Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman of the University of Auckland in New Zealand released the code as a free software package. “R is a real demonstration of the power of collaboration, and I don’t think you could construct something like this any other way,” Mr. Ihaka said. “We could have chosen to be commercial, and we would have sold five copies of the software.” R You Ready for R?
  • Geostat 2012 in Oslo! Oslo won the bid for the next Geostatistics Congress, with a clear margin. NR (with UiO) will organize a great conference for 400 geostatisticians! Congratulations Petter & SAND!
  • The consortium meeting of (sfi)² has approved the Research Plan for 2009 and the Budget for 2009. A copy of the research plan can be obtained by emailing here.


Date: Tuesday March 24
Place: Statistics for Innovation (sfi)² / Norwegian computing center (NR), room alfa-omega
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Rasmus Waagepetersen (Spar Nord Bank / Aalborg University)
Title: A rating system for new retail bank customers
14.15-15.15: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Thursday March 19
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica, Room 2180 DM
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, the Department of Biostatistics, the Division of Statistics and (sfi)2
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Georg Heinze (Core Unit for Medical Statistics and Informatics, Section of Clinical Biometrics, Medical University of Vienna)
Title: Avoiding infinite estimates in logistic and Cox regression - theory, solution, examples
Abstract


Date: Tuesday March 10
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 8th floor, room B81
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)² and Dept Mathematics)
Speaker: Aila Särkkä (Chalmers University of Technology)
Title: Anisotropy analysis of pressed 3D point patterns
14.15-15.15: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Thursday March 5
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica, room 2180
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, the Department of Biostatistics, the Division of Statistics and (sfi)2
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Bruno Ledergerber, Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Title: HIV Cohorts: Strengths and Limitations
Abstract


Date: Thursday March 5
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Nils Henrik Abels hus), 12th floor.
Event: Nils F. Haavardsson's (Inst.Math., Univ Oslo) PhD defense (disputas)
Time: 13.15->
Title: Hydrocarbon product optimization in multi-reservoir fields - tools for enhanced value chain analysis
Announcement


Date: Thursday March 5
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Nils Henrik Abels hus), 12th floor.
Event: Nils F. Haavardsson's (Inst.Math., Univ Oslo) PhD trial lecture (prøveforelesning)
Time: 10.15-11.00
Title: Numerisk optimering som verktøy for statistisk metode
Announcement


February 2009

Date: Friday Februry 27-Saturday February 28
Place: Klækken Hotell, Hønefoss, Norway
Event: Graduate School in Biostatistics: Workshop 27-28 February


Date: Tuesday February 17
Place: NR (Norwegian Computing Center), sigma meeting room
Event: Seminar
Speaker: Hans Julius Skaug (University of Bergen)
Title: Automated Likelihood Based Inference for Stochastic Volatility Models using AD Model Builder
14.00-15.00: Lecture
Abstract


January 2009

Date: Thursday January 29
Place: University of Oslo, Domus Medica, Room 2183 at the Department of Nutrition.
Event: Biostatistics Seminar, jointly organized by BMMS, the Department of Biostatistics, the Division of Statistics and (sfi)2
Time: 14:30-15:30. Coffee/tea is served from 14:15.
Speaker: Henrik Støvring (Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark)
Title: Weibull Survival Analysis with Truncated, Interval Censored Event Data, or with Empirical Survivor Function Data only
Abstract


Date: Wednesday January 14
Place: Norwegian Institute for Cancer Research, Montebello, seminar room F4.
Event: Institute seminar held at the Norwegian Institute for Cancer Research
Speaker: Geir Kjetil Sandve and Eivind Hovig (Bioinformatics group, Department of informatics, University of Oslo and Department of Tumor Biology, Institute for Cancer Research, The Norwegian Radium Hospital)
Title: Massive statistical analyses of genomic data
12.00-13.00: Lecture
Abstract


Date: Tuesday January 13
Place: University of Oslo, Mathematics building (Niels Henrik Abels hus), 10th floor, room B1036 (CMA seminar room)
Event: Tuesday statistics seminar (Joint (sfi)², Dept Mathematics and Centre of Mathematics for Applications (CMA))
Speaker: Claudia Kluppelberg (Technische Universität München).
Title: The Levy-driven continuous-time COGARCH model
14.15-15.15: Lecture
Abstract

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