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

Applications are now closed.

Apply by Tuesday, January 10, 2017


This workshop will take 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.

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Monday, Feburary 27, 2017
SAMSI, Rm 150


Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-8:50 Shuttle from Hotel
8:50-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Introduction Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI Deputy Director
9:15-10:15 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.
10:15-10:45 BREAK
10:45-12:00 Introduction to Scientific Python Ahmed Attia, SAMSI Post Doc
11:45-12:00 GROUP PHOTO
12:00-1:15 LUNCH
1:15-2:15 Optimal Sensor Placement for Bayesian Linear Inverse Problems Governed by PDEs Alen Alexanderian, N.C. State University
2:15-2:30 BREAK
2:30-3:15 Inverse Problems and Data Assimilation: Hands-On Tutorial Ahmed Attia, SAMSI Post Doc
3:15-3:30 BREAK
3:30-4:15 Optimization in Data Analysis Peter Diao & Sercan Yildiz, SAMSI Post Docs
4:15-4:30 BREAK
4:30-5:15 Panel Discussion: Career Opportunities in Mathematical Sciences SAMSI Postdocs & Graduate Fellows
5:15-6:45 DINNER @ SAMSI
6:45-7:00 Shuttle to Hotel

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

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:35-8:55 Shuttle from Hotel to SAMSI
9:00-9:45 Shuttle from SAMSI to SAS
9:45-10:00 Welcome to SAS Manoj Chari, SAS
10:00-11:30 SAS Presentations Yan Xu, Numerical Optimization Team, SAS
11:30-12:30 LUNCH @ SAS
12:30 Shuttle departs from SAS to RDU

Questions: email ugworkshop@samsi.info