News and events

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The yearly BigInsight Workshop was held on Monday 24th October at Telenor Expo, Fornebu. Representatives from the different partners, in addition to project members, were present. It was a successful event with a wide selection of presentations of our projects, ideas and first results.  The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) was also invited. More information about SAC can be found here.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The SAC committee consists of 5 international members and meets in Oslo every second year. Next meeting is 3 days in October 2016. Between meetings the communication is done by email and skype. Below is a presentation of each member.

Prof. Idris Eckley, Lancaster U, UK

  • Until 2007 Statistical Consulant at Shell Global Solutions
  • Co-Director of the EPSRC-funded STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training
  • Within STOR-i he leads the Centre's industrially-engaged research activity
  • Since 2015, co-Director of DSI @Lancaster: Lancaster is creating a new world-class, multidisciplinary Data Science Institute that will set the global standard for a truly interdisciplinary approach to contemporary data-driven research challenges.

Prof. Samuel Kaski, U. Helsinki, Finland

  • Professor of Computer Science, Aalto University
  • Director, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference Research COIN, Aalto University and University of Helsinki
  • Academy Professor (research professor), 2016-2020
  • Statistical machine learning and probabilistic modeling

Prof. Geoff Nicholls, U. Oxford, UK

  • Professor in Statistics
  • Started in Physics in New Zealand
  • PhD in particle physics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in Cambridge, University of Auckland in New Zealand
  • Bayesian inference, Computational Statistics, Statistical Genetics, Geoscience, Linguistics and Archaeology

Prof. Marina Vannucci, Rice U, Houston, USA

  • Professor and Chair of the Department of Statistics
  • Adjunct faculty member of the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Rice Director of the Inter-institutional Graduate Program in Biostatistics
  • Honorary appointment at the University of Liverpool, UK
  • University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
  • Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University
  • NSF CAREER award in 2001
  • Editor-in-Chief for the journal Bayesian Analysis

Senior Lecturer Veronica Vinciotti, Brunel U of London, UK

  • Senior Lecturer in Statistics, Department of Mathematics, Brunel University
  • Ph.D in Statistics, Imperial College, London
  • Statistical classification methods in credit scoring.
  • Statistical genomics
  • Co-director of the European Cooperation for Statistics of Network Data Science
Monday, October 17, 2016

Congratulations to Solveig Engebretsen who won the prize for the best master thesis in mathematics and computer science at UiO in 2016. She got the prize for her master thesis titled ”Monotone Regression - in high (and lower) dimensions”.  The prize was split between Solveig and Aslak Wigdahl Bergersen.