TU/e code: 2E941

5-day minicourse on

Algebraic Statistics

Dr. Seth Sullivant
Harvard University, USA

June 25 - 29, 2007

Dr. Seth Sullivant is by far the youngest among the proposed lecturers; he is only defending his Ph.D. thesis with Bernd Sturmfels at Berkeley in May 2005, after having obtained his Master's degree at San Francisco State University in 2002. However, he already has an impressive list of publications in algebraic statistics, and his fundamental contributions to this emerging field have earned him a Junior Fellowship in Mathematics at Harvard University, an honour bestowed only on the best of mathematicians. For a survey of all recipients since 1933 see the website of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Sullivant has extensive experience in teaching algebraic statistics and computational biology, including courses at Harvard and Buenos Aires. A selection of recent papers:

Algebraic statistics advocates the use of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and combinatorics as tools for making statistical inferences. The crucial starting point for this connection between statistics and algebra is the observation that many statistical models are algebraic varieties (really, semialgebraic sets). Algebraic properties of these varieties can provide useful information about the underlying inferential problems. This short course will provide an introduction to algebraic statistics, emphasizing both the interesting algebraic questions that arise, as well as the statistical consequences of the algebraic analysis.

Time and Place
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
June 25 - 29, 2007.

Admission fee
The admission fee for a minicourse is EUR 300 for university staff members and PhD students, and EUR 500 for people from industry. EIDMA and DIAMANT members receive a reduction of EUR 100 on these amounts. Registered Dutch EIDMA PhD students may attend free of charge. DIAMANT offers limited extra support for its members. Young mathematicians get priority, but otherwise the "first come, first serve" principle applies. To apply for this additional DIAMANT support please follow the instructions on the registration form. For undergraduate students special conditions apply.

You can register by sending a completed registration form to mrs. Rianne van Lieshout / mrs. Anita Klooster at
Deadline for registration is June 21, 2007.
Please note that your registration is only official after our written confirmation of its receipt.

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