2017-18: E&O: Undergraduate Workshop – February 26-27, 2018

Application Deadline was January 3, 2018


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


As part of its Education and Outreach Program for 2017-2018, 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 Quasi-Monte Carlo and High-Dimensional Sampling Methods for Applied Mathematics (QMC) will be covered in some depth.

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

Printable Schedule
Speaker Abstracts
Participant List

Monday, February 26, 2018
SAMSI, Research Triangle Park, NC

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:45-9:00am Opening Remarks Elvan Ceyhan, SAMSI Deputy Director and N.C. State University
9:00-9:45am Tutorial on R Software Yawen Guan, SAMSI Postdoc
9:45-10:00am BREAK
10:00-11:00am Monte Carlo techniques in earth sciences Amit Apte, International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS)
11:00-11:15am BREAK
11:15am-12:15pm Introduction to Markov chain Monte Carlo methods Jianfeng Lu, Duke University
12:15-1:30pm LUNCH
1:30-2:15pm Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods with R Cheng Cheng, SAMSI Postdoc
2:15-2:25pm BREAK
2:25-3:10pm Quantifying Gerrymandering using Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods Matthias Sachs, SAMSI Postdoc
3:10-3:20pm BREAK
3:20-4:00pm Hands on Demos for Monte Carlo Simulations? In R Software Cheng Cheng; Yawen Guan; Matthias Sachs; and Joe Marion, SAMSI Postdocs
4:00-4:30pm Concluding Remarks and Wrap Up Cheng Cheng, Yawen Guan and Matthias Sachs, SAMSI Postdocs
4:30-5:15pm Panel on Career Opportunities Cheng Cheng, Yawen Guan and Matthias Sachs, SAMSI Postdocs
5:15-6:30pm DINNER
6:30-6:45pm Shuttle to Hotel

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
SAMSI, Research Triangle Park, NC

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
9:00-9:50am Molecular Dynamics – a sampling problem Anton Martinsson, The University of Edinburgh-Scotland
9:50-10:00am BREAK
10:00-10:50am Coupling from the Past Nicolas Fraiman, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
10:50-11:00am BREAK
11:00-11:50am Predictability and Chaos Erik van Vleck, University of Kansas
11:50am-12:15pm Adjourn and Box Lunch
12:15pm Shuttle departs to RDU Airport

Questions: email ugworkshop@samsi.info