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Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V (June 13-17, 2011)

Speakers in red and Commentators in blue

June 13, 2011 (Monday)
  8:00 a.m. -   9:00 a.m.   Registration and continental breakfast (Lobby of 100 Life Sciences)
  9:00 a.m. -   9:15 a.m. Welcome (Daniel Larson, Dean, Eberly College of Science)
  9:15 a.m. -   9:30 a.m. Introductions (G. Jogesh Babu & Eric Feigelson)

    Statistical Modeling in Astronomy I

  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Ethan Anderes (UCD) The dark matter spectral density from lensed CMB observations
    Alan Heavens (ROE) Commentary

Break (Willaman Gateway)
11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Domenico Marinucci (Roma) Needlets estimation in cosmology and astrophysics

    Bayesian Analysis Across Astronomy

  2:00 p.m. -   3:00 p.m.   Martin Weinberg (UMass) Parameter estimation and model selection in extragalactic astronomy
    Philip Gregory (UBC) Commentary
  3:00 p.m. -   3:15 p.m. Othman Benomar (Paris-Sud) Asteroseismology: Bayesian estimation of solar-like oscillations
  3:15 p.m. -   3:30 p.m. Alexander Blocker (Harvard) Semi-parametric robust event detection for massive time-domain databases

Break (Lobby)
  4:00 p.m. -   4:15 p.m. Brendon Brewer (UCSB) Bayesian analysis of reverberation mapping data
  4:15 p.m. -   4:30 p.m. Fabrizia Guglielmetti (Max Planck) Bayesian mixture models for Poisson astronomical images
  4:30 p.m. -   4:45 p.m. Vinay Kashyap (CfA) Systematic errors in high-energy astrophysics
  4:45 p.m. -   5:00 p.m. Kaisey Mandel (CfA) Hierarchical models of Type Ia supernova light curves
  5:00 p.m. -   5:15 p.m. Eric Switzer (U Chicago) Bayesian flux reconstruction in one and two bands
  5:15 p.m. -   5:45 p.m.     Thomas Loredo (Cornell) Commentary

      6:00 p.m.         Reception at Willaman Gateway
June 14, 2011 (Tuesday)
  8:30 a.m. -   9:00 a.m.   Continental breakfast

    Data Mining & Informatics

  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Kirk Borne (GMU) Surprise detection in multivariate astronomical data
    Alexander Gray (GA Tech) Commentary
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tamas Budavari (JHU) On statistical cross-identification in astronomy
    Thomas Loredo (Cornell) Commentary

Break (Lobby)
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Ann Lee (CMU) Improved Statistical Inference via Non-Linear Data Transformation
    Didier Fraix-Burnet (LAOG) Commentary

    Data Mining & Informatics, and Interpreting Astrophysical Simulations

  2:00 p.m. -   3:00 p.m.   Alexander Gray (GA Tech) Techniques for massive-data machine learning in astronomy
    Nicholas Ball (HRC) Commentary
  3:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m. David Higdon (LANL) Simulation-aided inference in cosmology
    Carlo Graziani (Chicago) Commentary

Break (Willaman Gateway)
  4:40 p.m. -   5:40 p.m. Andrew Connolly (UWashington) Learning about the sky through simulations
    Michael Way (GISS) Commentary

June 15, 2011 (Wednesday)
  8:30 a.m. -   9:00 a.m.   Continental breakfast

    Statistical Modeling in Astronomy II

  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Brandon Kelly (CfA) Measurement error models in astronomy
    David Ruppert (Cornell) Commentary
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Chad Schafer (CMU) Addressing the Challenges of Luminosity Function Estimation via Likelihood-Free Inference
    Martin Hendry (Glasgow) Commentary

Break (Lobby)
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Thomas Lee (UC Davis) Automatic Detection and Classification of Sunspot Images
    Ricardo Vilalta (Houston) Commentary


  2:00 p.m. -   3:00 p.m. Richard Baraniuk (Rice) Progress on compressive sensing
    Jean-Luc Starck (CEA) Commentary
  3:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m.   David Donoho (Stanford) Recovery of sparse signals by approximate message passing
    David Banks(Duke) Commentary

Break (Lobby)
  4:15 p.m. -   5:15 p.m. Jean-Luc Starck (CEA) Sparse astronomical data analysis
    Domenico Marinucci (Rome) Commentary
  6:30 p.m. -   9:00 p.m.    Banquet at Atherton Hotel

June 16, 2011 (Thursday)
  8:30 a.m. -   9:00 a.m.   Continental breakfast

    Bayesian Cosmology

  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Benjamin Wandelt (IAP) Approaches to non-linear cosmostatistics
    Christopher Genovese (CMU) Commentary
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Roberto Trotta (ICL) Cosmological Bayesian model selection: Recent advances and open challenges
    David van Dyk (UCI) Commentary

Break (Lobby)
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Raul Jimenez (Barcelona) Data compression methods in astrophysics
    Ann Lee (CMU) Commentary

    Time Domain Astronomy

  2:00 p.m. -   3:00 p.m.   Pavlos Protopapas (Harvard) New approaches in period analysis of astronomical time series
    Donald Percival (Washington) Commentary
  3:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m. Debashis Mondal (UChicago) Wavelet variance analysis of irregularly sampled time series
    Jeffrey Scargle (ARC) Commentary

Break (Willaman Gateway)
  4:40 p.m. -   5:40 p.m. Joseph Richards (UCB) Time-series classification in the synoptic surveys era
    Chad Schafer (CMU) Commentary

  8:00 p.m.       ISI Astrostatistics Network meeting

June 17, 2011 (Friday)
  8:30 a.m. -   9:00 a.m.   Continental breakfast

    Spatial and Image Analysis

  9:00 a.m. -   9:40 a.m.   Erik Rosolowsky (UBC) Statistical analyses of data cubes
  9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Sanat Sarkar (Temple) Astronomical Transient Detection using Grouped p-Values and Controlling the False Discovery Rate
    Peter Freeman (CMU) Commentary
Break (Lobby)

    Future Directions for Astrostatistics

11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.   Luke Tierney (UIowa) The R statistical computing environment
Final session
  1:30 p.m. -   2:10 p.m.   Joseph Hilbe (ASU) Astrostatistics in the international arena
  2:10 p.m. -   3:00 p.m.   Panel discussion: Future directions for astrostatistics
    Eric Feigelson (PSU), Thomas Loredo (Cornell),
    Jeffrey Scargle (ARC), David van Dyk (UCI)


  1. Paul Baines, Irina Udaltsova, Andreas Zezas, and Vinay Kashyap.   log(N) − log(S): A Measuring Stick for the Universe

  2. Irene Balmes, and Pier-Stefano Corasaniti.   A Bayesian approach to gravitational lens model selection

  3. Guillaume Belanger.   Stopping and Looking I: On Error Bars in Time Series

  4. Sharmodeep Bhattacharyya, Joseph W. Richards, John Rice, Dan L. Starr, Nathaniel R. Butler and Joshua S. Bloom.   Identification of Outliers through Clustering and Semi-supervised Learning In All Sky Automated Survey Data Set

  5. P. Bielewicz, B. D. Wandelt, A. J. Banday.   Estimation of moments on azimuthally symmetric patches on the sphere by means of fast convolution

  6. Seo-Won Chang and Yong-Ik Byun.   Variability Detection by Change-Point Analysis

  7. Brian Connolly and Natalia Connolly.   Non-Parametric Photometric Identification of Rising SN Light Curves in the pSNid II Package

  8. Didier Fraix-Burnet.   Evolution as a counfounding parameter in scaling relations for galaxies

  9. P. Freeman, R. Izbicki, A. Lee, C. Schafer, D. Slepcev, and J. Newman.   Detecting Galaxy Mergers at High Redshift

  10. Phil Gregory.   Bayesian model fitting through Controlled Statistical Fusion with Exoplanet examples

  11. Dick Grupe.   Multi-component Analysis of a sample of bright X-ray selected Active Galactic Nuclei

  12. F. Guglielmetti, H. Boehringer, R. Fischer, P. Rosati, and P. Tozzit.   Applying the BSS algorithm to the Chandra Deep Field South data

  13. Jiangang Hao.   Spatially Weighted and Measurement Error Corrected Gaussian Mixture Model for Galaxy Clustering Analysis

  14. Darren Homrighausen.   Transient Detection in Low Resolution, Noisy Images

  15. D. Keitel, R. Prix, M.A. Papa, and M. Siddiqi.   An F-statistic based multi-detector veto for detector artifacts in continuous-wave gravitational wave data

  16. Vinay Kashyap, Steve Saar, Jeremy Drake, Kathy Reeves, Jennifer Posson-Brown, and Alanna Connors.   Modeling Undetectable Flares

  17. Brandon C. Kelly, Aneta Siemiginowska, Malgorzata Sobolewska.   A stochacstic model for the luminosity fluctuations of accreting black holes

  18. Adrienne Leonard, Francois-Xavier Dupe, and Jean-Luc Starck.   Improving weak lensing reconstructions in 3D using sparsit

  19. Yu Lu, H.J. Mo, Martin D.Weinberg, and Neal Katz.   TheBayesian Approach to Semi-AnalyticModelsof GalaxyFormation

  20. Kaisey S. Mandel, and Jonathan B. Foster.   Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling of Interstellar Dust with Optical and Near Infrared Stellar Colors: Examination of the Extinction Law in Perseus

  21. Adam Mantz.   Statistical Issues in Galaxy Cluster Cosmology

  22. Elizabeth Martinez-Gomez.   Statistical analyses to understand the relationship between the properties of exoplanets and their host stars

  23. Kushal Mehta, H-J. Seo, J. Eckel, D. Eisenstein, M. Metchnik, P. Pinto, X. Xu.   Galaxy Bias and Its Effects on Baryon Acoustic Oscillations Measurements

  24. Adam Morgan, J. Long, T. Broderick, J. W. Richards, and J. S. Bloom.   RATE GRB-z: Ranking High-z GRB Candidates using Random Forest Classification on Early-Time Metrics

  25. Mark Neyrinck, Bridget Falck, Xin Wang, Alex Szalay, and Istvan Szapudi.   The Log-Density as a Superior Cosmological Density Variable

  26. Sam Schmidt, Brice Menard, and Ryan Scranton.   Inferring Redshift Distributions of Arbitrary Datasets

  27. Kunlaya Soiaporn, David Chernoff, Thomas Loredo, David Ruppert, Ira Wasserman.   Guilt by Association: Finding Cosmic Ray Sources Using Hierarchical Bayesian Clustering

  28. Nathan Stein, Ted von Hippel, David van Dyk, Steven DeGennaro, Elizabeth Jeffery, and Bill Jefferys.   Bayesian Inference for the White Dwarf Initial-Final Mass Relation

  29. Switzer, E. R.; Crawford, T. M.; Holzapfel, W. L.; Reichardt, C. L.; Marrone, D. P.; Vieira, J. D.   Bayesian flux reconstruction in one and two bands

  30. Dorottya Szecsi, Lajos G. Balazs, Zsolt Bagoly, Istvan Horvath, Attila Meszaros, and Peter Veres.   Statistical differences between Swift GRB classes based on γ- and X-ray observations

  31. Roland Vavrek and Tarek Hassan Collado.   Complexity of the diffuse interstellar medium in large-scale Herschel imaging surveys

  32. Philipp Wilking, David Keitel, Peter Schneider.   The probability density function of constrained correlation functions

  33. Jin Xu.   Using PyBLoCXS for a Fully Bayesian Analysis of Calibration Uncertainty in High Energy Spectral Analysis

  34. Ilsang Yoon, Martin Weinberg and Neal Katz.   New insights into galaxy structure from GALPHAT

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