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2014 Bayes Pharma workshop to be held at UCL

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Dr Gianluca Baio is chair of the organising committee for the 2014 edition of the Bayes Pharma workshop, which will be held at UCL on June 11-13, 2014. The objective of the workshop is multi-fold. The presentation of applied case studies from clinical, non-clinical and CMC settings will introduce participants to some success stories of the Bayesian approach. This should propagate Bayesian thinking and practices within the pharmaceutical industry. More importantly, however, the workshop will emphasize the advantages of Bayesian modelling for science and business as well as offering statisticians opportunities for reorientation within the changing environment of the (bio)pharmaceutical world.

Dr Gianluca Baio invited to speak at the University of Girona (Spain)

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Dr Gianluca Baio has been invited to give a one-day short course in the Department of Economics, University of Girona (Spain). The course title is "An introduction to INLA and R-INLA with a comparison to MCMC software" and will be held on 24th April.

Professor Sofia Olhede speaks at Isaac Newton programme on Inference for Change-Point and Related Processes

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The institute is running a 1-month programme on the analysis of nonstationary time series from 13 January to 7 February 2014. This brings together researchers studying abrupt versus smoothly changing processes. Professor Olhede spoke about her work on transitory structure of multiple processes.

UCL researchers to organise 2016 Newton programme on statistical network analysis

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UCL statisticians Professors Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe will be hosting a programme at the Newton Institute during the second half of 2016.

Dr Ioannis Kosmidis' work on estimation of models for ordinal responses published in JRSSB

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Dr Ioannis Kosmidis' work on models for ordinal responses has appeared in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology). The article is titled "Improved estimation in cumulative link models" and concerns new estimation methods which produce estimators that are always finite, have smaller bias and mean squared error than the traditional maximum likelihood estimators, and also respect the properties that make cumulative link models a standard choice for the analysis of ordinal data that has influenced practice.

Dr Gareth Peters an International Associate Investigator on Centre of Excellence for Big Data in Australia

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Dr Gareth Peters is an associate investigator on the recently successful $20m AUD Australian Research Council grant for a new centre of excellence in Australia, on the topic of big data. It aims to form a partnership between the University of Melbourne (UoM), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Adelaide, the University of Queensland, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of New South Wales, as well as several international associates.

Dr Gianluca Baio invited to join Editorial Board of Significance Magazine

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Dr Gianluca Baio has been invited to join the Editorial Board of Significance Magazine. The Board consists of sixteen people in addition to the Editor: eight members are appointed by the Royal Statistical Society, and eight are appointed by the American Statistical Association. The Editorial Board functions as a single unit and is responsible for the editorial policy and strategy for the magazine. Dr Baio will sit on the board for three years, commencing in January 2014.

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