Dr. Haakon Bakka gave a presentation at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate on 25 September 2019, on the research performed at KAUST with Prof. Luigi Lombardo and Prof. Raphael Huser on Landslide modelling using R-INLA.
Dr. Janet van Niekerk presented a talk on complex survival models in the International Symposium in Computational and Methodological Statistics and Biostatistics in July 2019 at the University of Pretoria. She also collaborated on existing and new projects with collaborators from South Africa and North Carolina.
Prof. Haavard Rue, Dr. Haakon Bakka and Dr. Janet van Niekerk attended and presented at the International Workshop on Statistical Modelling in July 2019. This workshop brings together experts and young researchers to discuss and collaborate on challenges in statistical modelling.
Prof. Haavard Rue was at Oxford in May 2019 for a research visit and to examine a PhD thesis of one of Prof. Chris Holmes’ students.
The BayesComp group hosted visiting student Maria Bondareva through the VSRP program from January to June 2019. She worked on projects concerning survival models and joint models and developed some vignettes for survival analysis in R.
Prof. Haavard Rue visited the Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain during May 2019 to give a seminar at the Department of Statistics and to collaborate on ongoing projects.
Prof. Haavard Rue was an invited speaker at the Swiss Numerics Day 2019 meeting in May 2019 at USI Lugano, Switzerland. He contributed to this meeting with a talk about the role and importance of sparse matrices in statistics. He also collaborated with Prof Olaf Schenk, which is the brain behind the PARDISO sparse matrix library in R, and others.
Prof. Haavard Rue and Dr. Haakon Bakka presented a seminar on spatio-temporal modeling at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in June 2019.
Prof. Haavard Rue, Dr. Haakon Bakka and Dr. Janet van Niekerk presented a four day long INLA training course at the University of South Africa in Florida, Johannesburg during June 2019.
The course was designed to impact young staff and PhD students from previously disadvantaged universities in South Africa. The audience gained a lot of skills during this course and the course was very well received.
Prof. Haavard Rue and Dr. Haakon Bakka presented a part of the
European Course in Advanced Statistics on Statistical Analysis for
Space-Time Data (ECAS2019), organized by the Portuguese Statistical
Society (SPE) and the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operational
Research (SEIO). The course took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on July
Haakon went to the University of Zurich for two weeks in May 2019 to collaborate with Malgorzata Roos on "Sensitivity and identification quantification by a relative latent model complexity perturbation in the Bayesian meta-analysis"
Also in Zurich, Haakon gave a talk at ETH titled "Fundamental ideas of the stochastic partial differential equations approach to defining random effects".
Prof. Haavard Rue, Dr. Haakon Bakka and Dr. Janet van Niekerk attended the 62nd World Statistics Congress of the ISI in Kuala Lumpur on 18-23 August 2019 where they presented in invited and contributed paper sessions.
This bi-annual meeting brings together major role players from academia, government offices and industry partners.