Call for candidature : 3rd edition of summer european propability university 2-8.JUL.2008

Third school of the Society for Imprecise Probability: Theories and Applications (SIPTA), July 2-8, 2008, Montpellier, France.

Dear colleagues,

The Society for Imprecise Probability: Theories and Applications (SIPTA) organizes the 3rd edition of its school in Montpellier, France, during 2-8 July 2008, the local organization being handled by the Laboratoire d’Informatique de Robotique et de Microelectronique (LIRMM) of the university of Montpellier. The city of Montpellier is located in the south of France, on the Mediterranean coast, and the school will be held at the Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, which is located in the very centre of Montpellier.

The aim of SIPTA schools is to introduce interested students and researchers with the basics of imprecise probability topics, both theoretical and applied. Some of the best specialists in different aspects of imprecise probabilities lecture, during one week time, on the main concepts and techniques associated to their area of expertise, in a friendly environment favouring interactions between participants.

Topics & Lecturers

Imprecise probability is used as a generic term to cover all mathematical or statistical models which measure chance or uncertainty without sharp numerical probabilities. Imprecise probability models are needed in inference problems where the relevant information is scarce, vague or conflicting, and in decision problems where preferences may also be incomplete. The topics covered this year are the following:

*-* A Unified view of uncertainty theories (Didier Dubois, France)

*- *Coherent lower previsions (Enrique Miranda, Spain, and Gert De Cooman, Belgium)

– Credal Networks: Theory and Applications, (Cassio P. de Campos, USA, and Fabio Cozman, Brazil)

– Algorithms & approximation methods for Imprecise Probability (Fabio Cozman, Brazil, and Cassio P. de Campos, USA)

– Independence concepts in Imprecise Probability (Fabio Cozman, Brazil)

– Predictive inference: from Bayesian inference to Imprecise Probability (Jean-Marc Bernard, France)

– Imprecise immediate predictions (Gert De Cooman, Belgium)

– Robust Bayesian Analysis (Fabrizio Ruggeri, Italy)

– Game-theoretic probability and its link with Imprecise Probability (Glenn Shafer, USA)

The detailed program may be found on the school website.

Participation fees

The participation fees amount to 150€, including:

— accommodation in the Citadines-Antigone hotel (in apartments for 3

persons)

— breakfast,

— the participation to the lectures,

— the lunches of the lecture days,

— 2 coffee breaks per lecture day,

— an excursion,

— a visit of Montpellier,

— a banquet with the city of Montpellier,

— the gala dinner.

The travel and the dinners will be at your own expenses.

Pre-registration**

The number of participants is limited, and hence is subject to preliminary acceptance from our side. If you are interested by the SIPTA school, please inform us of your intention to participate as soon as possible, indicating your name, email, status and affiliation (this can also be done using the pre-registration form on the school’s website).

For the acceptance decision, we will also need (1) a short CV (1 or 2 pages maximum), (2) a short motivation letter, and (3) an e-mail from your PhD director, or your laboratory/unit/department director simply indicating that he supports your request to participate in the school.

More information is available at the school website:

http://www.lirmm.fr/SIPTASchool08/

We are looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier. We also welcome you to circulate this announcement around you.

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