
YES Workshop
Statistics for Complex and High Dimensional Systems
January 2829, 2013  Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Summary
The dramatic improvement in data collection and acquisition technologies in the last decades has allowed for the monitoring and study of extremely complex systems, such as biological, social and computer networks. The extremely complex and highdimensional nature of these systems, and the dramatic growth in dataset sizes gives rise to important research questions: how to perform meaningful statistical inference from very large and potentially corrupted complex data sets? Which properties of these complex systems can be inferred from such data? Can sound inference methodologies be also made computationally feasible? These and other questions have recently attracted the attention of a large number of researchers worldwide and, although important progress has been made in recent years, there are still many open and emerging problems in the general area of statistical inference in complex and highdimensional systems.
The aim of the YES workshop “Statistics for Complex Networks and High Dimensional Systems” is to introduce this broad field of research to young researchers, in particular Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and junior researchers who are interested and eager to tackle new challenges in the study of complex networks. The workshop will consist of tutorial courses given by some of the world experts in the field, each consisting roughly of 3 hours of lectures. This workshop immediately precedes the workshop Statistics for Complex Networks and provides a solid introduction for the general topical area of that workshop.
Organizers
Rui Castro
Geurt Jongbloed
Tutorial Speakers
Eric Kolaczyk, Boston University
Johan Koskinen, University of Manchester
Martin Wainwright, University of California – Berkeley
Program
(click on author's name for title and abstract)
Monday (January 28th)
 09:45  10:05 Coffee and Registration
 10:05  10:15 Opening Remarks
 10:15  11:15 Eric Kolaczyk  Statistical Analysis of Network Data (Part I)
 11:15  11:30 Coffee Break
 11:30  12:30 Eric Kolaczyk  Statistical Analysis of Network Data (Part II)
 12:30  13:30 Lunch
 13:30  14:30 Martin Wainwright  Graphical models and messagepassing algorithms (Part I)
 14:30  14:45 Coffee Break
 14:45  15:45 Martin Wainwright  Graphical models and messagepassing algorithms (Part II)
 15:45  16:15 Coffee Break
 16:15  16:45 Vujacic  Selecting $\ell_1$ penalized Gaussian graphical models using Generalized Information Criterion
 16:45  17:15 Mohammadi  Network determination based on birthdeath MCMC inference
 18:30  Workshop Dinner
Tuesday (January 29th)
 09:30  10:30 Eric Kolaczyk  Statistical Analysis of Network Data (Part III)
 10:30  10:45 Coffee Break
 10:45  11:45 Martin Wainwright Graphical models and messagepassing algorithms (Part III)
 11:45  12:00 Break
 12:00  12:30 Niezink  Coevolution of social networks and continuous actor attributes
 12:30  13:30 Lunch
 13:30  14:30 Johan Koskinen  Statistical analysis of social networks (Part I)
 14:30  14:45 Break
 14:45  15:45 Johan Koskinen  Statistical analysis of social networks (Part II)
 15:45  16:15 Break
 16:15  17:15 Johan Koskinen  Statistical analysis of social networks (Part III)
 17:15 Closing of the workshop
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (January 30  February 1)
About the YES Workshops:
This workshop is the sixth in the series of YES (Young European Statisticians) workshops. The first was held in October 2007 on Shape Restricted Inference with seminars given by Lutz Dümbgen (Bern) and Jon Wellner (Seattle) together with shorter talks by Laurie Davies (DuisburgEssen) and Geurt Jongbloed (Delft). The second workshop was held in October 2008 on High Dimensional Statistics with seminars given by Sara van de Geer (Zürich), Nicolai Meinshausen (Oxford) and Gilles Blanchard (Berlin). The third was held October 2009 on Paradigms of Model Choice, with seminars given by Laurie Davies (DuisburgEssen), Peter Grünwald (Amsterdam), Nils Hjort (Oslo) and Christian Robert (Paris). The fourth, on the topic of Bayesian NonParametric Statistics took place in November 2010, with seminars given by Judith Rousseau (Paris), Zoubin Ghahramani (Cambridge), Yongdai Kim (Seoul) and Harry van Zanten (Eindhoven). Finally, the fifth workshop, on Adaptation in Nonparametric Statistics, took place in October 2011, with seminars by Alexander Goldenshluger (Haifa), Richard Nickl (Cambridge), Laurent Cavalier (University AixMarseille 1) and Eduard Belitser, (TU Eindhoven).
Financial support
This workshop is partially sponsored by:

