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Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy IV

June 12-15, 2006

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Monday June 12

   7:30 -  9:00    Registration, poster setup, continental breakfast

   9:00 -  9:20    Daniel Larson, G. Jogesh Babu, Eric Feigelson (Penn State)
                         Greetings

Cosmology I

Chair:   William Jefferys (Texas/Vermont)

   9:20 - 10:20   Gary Hinshaw (NASA/GSFC)
                         The cosmic microwave background, WMAP and inflation: Is  ns<1? 

 10:20 - 10:40   Short break
 
 10:40 - 11:20   Istvan Szapudi (Hawaii)
                         Spatial statistics in the cosmic microwave background maps 

 11:20 - 12:00   Christopher Genovese (Carnegie Mellon) & Laura Cayon (Purdue)
                          Cosmic microwave background commentaries & discussion (Genovese, Cayon)

 12:00 -   1:20   Lunch Break

Cosmology II

Chair:   Alanna Connors (Eureka)

   1:20 -   2:00   Vicent Martinez (Valencia)
                         Cosmic structures: A challenge for astrostatistics 

   2:00 -   2:40   Adrian Baddeley (W Australia)
                         Validation of models for spatial point patterns  

   2:40 -   3:10   Ji Meng Loh (Columbia) & Ofer Lahav (UC London)
                          Large scale structure commentaries & discussion (Loh.pdf, Lahav.ppt)

   3:10 -   3:25   Short break

   3:25 -   4:05   Christopher Kochanek (Ohio State)
                          Turning AGN Microlensing From a Curiosity Into a Tool 

   4:05 -   4:45   Gary Bernstein (Penn)
                          Statistical Challenges of Weak Gravitational Lensing  

   4:45 -   5:05   Jiayang Sun (Case Western Reserve)
                         Gravitational lensing commentary & discussion  

   6:30 -   9:00   Reception & poster viewing

Tuesday June 13

   7:30 -   8:30   Continental breakfast

Small-N problems

Chair:    Keith Arnaud (NASA/GSFC)

   8:30 -   9:10   Glen Cowan (Royal Holloway UL)
                         The small-N problem in high energy physics  

   9:10 -   9:50   Harrison Prosper (Florida State)
                         Bayesian Methods in particle physics: From small-N to large  
              
   9:50 - 10:20   Michael Woodroofe (Michigan)
                         Commentary & discussion on small-N in particle physics  

 10:20 - 10:35   Short break
 
 10:35 - 11:15   Alanna Connors (Eureka)
                         How to win with Poisson data: Imaging Gamma-Rays  

 11:15 - 11:35   David van Dyk (UC Irvine)
                         Commentary & discussion of small-N in astronomy  

Chair:   G. Jogesh Babu (Penn State)

 11:35 - 12:05   "Two minute madness" Contributed Paper presentations
 
 12:05 -  1:30   Lunch Break

Astronomical surveys

Chair:    Donald Schneider (Penn State)

  1:30 -   2:10   Thomas Loredo (Cornell)
                        Analyzing data from astronomical surveys: Issues and directions  

  2:10 -   2:30   Woncheol Jang (Duke)
                         Commentary & discussion on survey methodology  
              
  2:30 -   3:10   Timothy Axelrod (Arizona)
                         Photometric calibration: An intriguing statistical problem from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope  

  3:10 -   3:30    J. K. Ghosh (Purdue)
                         Commentary & discussion of photometric calibration problem  

  3:30 -   3:45   Short break

Chair:    Jasper Wall (British Columbia)

  3:45 -   4:25   Robert Lupton (Princeton)
                        The characterisation, subtraction, and addition of astronomical images  

  4:25 -   4:45   Rebecca Willett (Duke)
                        Commentary & discussion of image analysis  

  4:45 -   5:25   Robert Hanisch (STScI/NVO)
                        The Virtual Observatory:  Core capabilities and support for statistical analyses in astronomy  

  5:25 -   5:45   G. Jogesh Babu (Penn State)
                        Commentary & discussion of the Virtual Observatory 

  7:30 -   9:30   Poster viewing & software demonstrations
                        Thomas Loredo (Cornell) & Alanna Connors (Eureka)
                            Python Inference package demonstration
                        Michael Yukish (Penn State) & Tin Kam Ho (Bell Labs)
                            Data visualization software demonstrations

Wednesday June 14

  7:30 -   8:30   Continental breakfast

Planetary systems

Chair:   Phil Gregory (British Columbia)  

  8:30 -   9:10    Eric Ford (UC Berkeley)
                         Bayesian model selection and extrasolar planet detection  

  9:10 -   9:30    J. K. Ghosh (Purdue)
                         Commentary & discussion of extrasolar planet detection  
              
  9:30 - 10:00    William Romanishin (Oklahoma)
                         Statistics of optical colors of Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs 

 10:00 - 10:20   Zhengyuan Zhu (N Carolina)
                         Commentary & discussion of Solar System minor bodies 

 10:20 - 10:35   Short break
               
 10:35 - 11:15   Merlise Clyde (Duke)
                          Current challenges in Bayesian model choice  

 11:15 - 11:35    William Jefferys (Texas/Vermont)
                          Commentary & discussion of Bayesian model selection   (PDF)

Chair:   G. Jogesh Babu (Penn State)

  11:35 - 12:05    "Two minute madness" Contributed Paper presentations
 12:05 -   1:30    Lunch Break

Developments in statistics

Chair:    J. K. Ghosh (Purdue)

  1:30 -   2:10    Christopher Genovese (Carnegie Mellon)
                         Nonparametric Inference and the Dark Energy Equation of State  
            
  2:10 -   2:30    Eric Feigelson (Penn State)
                         Commentary & discussion of nonparametric inference 

  2:30 -   3:10    Rebecca Willett (Duke)
                         Multiscale analysis of photon-limited astronomical images  

  3:10 -   3:30    Jeffrey Scargle (NASA-Ames)
                         Commentary & discussion of photon-limited problems  

  3:30 -   3:45    Short break
                
  3:45 -   4:15    Michael Woodroofe (Michigan)
                          Non-parametric estimation of Dark Matter distributions in Dwarf Speroidal galaxies   

  4:15 -   4:30    Martin Hendry (Glasgow)
                          Commentary & discussion on Dark Matter mapping  

  4:30 -   5:30     Poster viewing and software demonstrations
                          David Hunter (Penn State) & Adrian Baddeley (W Australia)
                            R software demonstration
 
  7:00 -   8:15    Banquet
 
  8:15 -   9:00    Alfred Inselberg (Tel Aviv/SDSC)
                         Multidimensional visualization and its applications

Thursday June 15

  8:00 -   9:00    Continental breakfast

Periodic variability

Chair:    James Rosenberger (Penn State)

  9:00 -   9:40   John Rice (UC Berkeley)
                        Detecting periodicity in a Poisson process  

  9:40 - 10:00   Jeffrey Scargle (NASA-Ames)
                        Commentary & discussion of Poisson periodicities  
 
 10:00 - 10:40  Chris Koen (W Cape)
                         Periodicities in variable astronomical objects  

 10:40 - 10:55   Short break

 10:55 - 11:35   Graham Woan (Glasgow)
                         Periodicity in gravitational waves  
 
 11:35 - 12:00   John Rice (UC Berkeley)
                         Commentary & discussion of periodicity in astronomy  

 12:00 -   1:20    Lunch Break

Cross-disciplinary perspectives

Chair:    C. R. Rao (Penn State)

  1:20 -   2:00    Louis Lyons (Oxford)
                         Physics perspective  

  2:00 -   2:40   James Berger (Duke)
                        Statistics perspective   (SAMSI Movie)

  2:40 -   3:20   Ofer Lahav (UC London)
                       Astronomy perspective  

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