2016-17: E&O: Undergraduate Workshop – February 27-28, 2017


This workshop took place at SAMSI in Research Triangle Park, NC.


As part of its Education and Outreach Program for 2016-2017, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) will host a two-day undergraduate workshop on topics of current interest in statistics and applied mathematics. In addition to an overview of current and planned SAMSI Research Programs, the program topic Optimization (OPT) will be covered in some depth. The workshop will focus on optimization methods for large-scale statistical analysis and will feature introductory lectures on statistical inverse problems, E/M and M/M algorithms and semidefinite programming. Hands on illustrations will be presented and the participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Participants are expected to arrive by Sunday evening (Feb 26th), and the workshop is expected to be completed by 1:00PM on Tuesday (Feb 28th).

Applications received by Tuesday, January 10, 2017 will receive full consideration. While students from universities not in the U.S. are welcome to apply, please be aware that priority is given to students who are enrolled at U.S. institutions.

If your application is accepted for the workshop, SAMSI will reimburse predetermined travel expenses. SAMSI will also provide shared lodging and meals/breaks during the days of the workshop.

Schedule and Supporting Media

Speaker Titles/Abstracts

Monday, Feburary 27, 2017
SAMSI, Rm 150

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Introduction Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI Deputy Director
Where Should We Put This? Paul Brooks, Virginia Commonwealth University

Install R version 3.3.2 and R Studio version 1.0.136. It is recommended that ALL attendees install this software before arriving at SAMSI for the workshop.

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Introduction to Scientific Python
Optimal Sensor Placement for Bayesian Linear Inverse Problems Governed by PDEs Alen Alexanderian, N.C. State University
Inverse Problems and Data Assimilation: Hands-On Tutorial Ahmed Attia, SAMSI Post Doc
Optimization in Data Analysis Sercan Yildiz, SAMSI Post Doc

NOTE:To get examples of materials presented by Sercan Yildiz, please contact [email protected] for more details. Some of the software used during the instruction cannot be used on this platform because the system does not support it.

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Neural Networks Peter Diao, SAMSI Post Doc
Panel Discussion: Career Opportunities in Mathematical Sciences SAMSI Postdocs & Graduate Fellows

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Students will be transported to SAMSI, en route to SAS Institute, Cary, NC

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Welcome to SAS Manoj Chari, SAS
SAS Presentations Yan Xu, Numerical Optimization Team, SAS

Questions: email [email protected]