Spatially-varying stochastic differential equations, with application to the biological sciences

(July 6,2015 - July 10,2015 )

Organizers


Peter Craigmile
Statistics, The Ohio State University
Radu Herbei
Department of Statistics, The Ohio State University

In biology, ecology, and public health there has been a growth in the use of stochastic differential equations (SDEs) to model scientific phenomena over time. SDEs have the ability to simultaneously capture he known deterministic dynamics of the variable of interest (e.g., chemical levels within a cell, the chemical or physical characteristics of a river, the presence, absence and spread of a disease), while enabling a modeler to capture the unknown dynamics or measurement processes in a stochastic setting.

In this four-day workshop, participants will learn about the use of SDEs to model physical phenomena in the biological sciences. Students will learn how to define and manipulate SDEs, and will understand the difficulties in performing statistical inference on the parameters of SDEs using data. They will relate the modeling of SDEs to the theory of spatial and temporal data analysis, and will carry out a small group project to discover and investigate how to model data from various disciplines within the biological sciences.

The lectures will be taught by a selection of external and internal speakers, each of which have a different experience in different aspects of modeling using SDEs, as well as in spatial and temporal data analysis. Students will learn the material through practical exercises.

Students should come to the workshop with two years of graduate experience in Statistics or equivalent. They should be comfortable with statistical models and theory, likelihood inference, and have some exposure to Monte Carlo techniques. Students should have taken a course in linear models, and have knowledge of the statistical software package called R (http://www.r-project.org).. Some exposure to time series analysis and spatial statistics is helpful, but not essential. Students should bring a laptop to the workshop, preloaded with R. Online material (including videos and exercises) useful for this course will be made available at least a week before the workshop begins.

Partial support is available for students to attend this workshop.

Apply by Friday March 20th 2015 for full consideration.

To apply please include a CV, a research statement and a recommendation letter.

Accepted Speakers

Veronica Berrocal
Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan
Peter Craigmile
Statistics, The Ohio State University
Radu Herbei
Department of Statistics, The Ohio State University
Finn Lindgren
Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath
Chris Wikle
Statistics, University of Missouri
Monday, July 6, 2015
Time Session
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Time Session
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time Session
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time Session
Friday, July 10, 2015
Time Session
Name Email Affiliation
Berrocal, Veronica berrocal@umich.edu Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan
Craigmile, Peter pfc@stat.ohio-state.edu Statistics, The Ohio State University
Herbei, Radu herbei@stat.osu.edu Department of Statistics, The Ohio State University
Lindgren, Finn f.lindgren@bath.ac.uk Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath
Wikle, Chris wiklec@missouri.edu Statistics, University of Missouri