2016-17: E&O: Undergraduate Workshop – October 24-25, 2016


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 on Statistical, Mathematical and Computational Methods for Astronomy (ASTRO) will be covered in some depth. The workshop will focus on Population Modeling & Signal Separation for Exoplanets & Gravitational Waves (GW) and will feature introductory lectures on statistical methodology for interpreting detection of exoplanets, GWs, as well as using those to infer the underlying population of planetary systems and GW sources. Hands on illustrations will be presented and the participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Participants are expected to arrive by Sunday evening (Oct 23rd), and the workshop is expected to be completed by 1:00PM on Tuesday (Oct 25th).

Applications received by Friday, September 9th, 2016 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

** NOTE: ALL Students must upload R Software on their computers before attending the workshop. Please CLICK HERE for instructions on how to upload R Software on your laptop.

Printable Speaker and Abstracts

Monday, October 24, 2016

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Opening Remarks Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI (NCSU) PDF
“Approximate Bayesian Computation in Astrostatistics” Jessi Cisewski, Yale PDF
“Time Domain Challenges for Exoplanets” Rebekah Dawson, PSU PDF
Tutorial on R Software David Jones; David Stenning; Hyungsuk Tak, SAMSI R Intro
NOTE: This file contains the information presented with R Software data R-ZIP Files
Overview of Gaussian Process Models for Astronomy David Jones; David Stenning; Hyungsuk Tak, SAMSI
“Using Gaussian Processes to Detect Exoplanets” David Jones, SAMSI PDF
“Strong Lens Time Delay Estimation via Gaussian Processess” Hyungsuk Tak, SAMSI PDF
Hands on Demos for Gaussian Process using R Software David Jones; David Stenning; Hyungsuk Tak, SAMSI PDF
Concluding Remarks and Wrap Up David Jones; David Stenning; Hyungsuk Tak, SAMSI
Panel on Career Opportunities Postdoc and Graduate Fellows, SAMSI

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
SAMSI, RTP and Morehead Planetarium, UNC-Chapel Hill

Description Speaker
9:30-10:30 Planetarium Presentation #1: From Earth to the Universe
10:30-11:30 Planetarium Presentation #2: Black Holes

Questions: email ugworkshop@samsi.info