The 4th IIA - PennState Astrostatistics School
22 July 2013 09:00 AM
29 July 2013 05:00 PM
|Where||Vainu Bappu Observatory, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Kavalur, India|
|Contact Name||Prajval Shastri|
The school is designed for practicing astrophysicists, Ph.D. students and up. Apply through an on-line application form.
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The Indian Institute of Astrophysics and the Center for Astrostatistics, Pennsylvania State University (USA) are jointly organising an 8-day school in fundamental statistical inference as applicable to astrophysical problems for practising astrophysicists. This is the fourth school in the series, and is designed to provide a strong conceptual foundation in modern statistics as well as a repertoire of state-of-the-art statistical tools applicable to astrophysical problems. The school is designed for all levels of practising astrophysicists wishing to enhance their grasp of the application of statistics to their research. In addition to lectures, there will be a heavy emphasis on hands-on tutorials. The content of the school will broadly follow the pattern of the previous schools.
The Indian Institute of Astrophysics, located in Bangalore, is a premier institution devoted to research in astrophysics and other allied areas in physics. The Center for Astrostatistics, Pennsylvania State University (USA), is an interdisciplinary research centre at the interface of astrophysics and statistics, where researchers from both disciplines collaborate to share and develop methodologies in order to meet the modern challenges of empirical astrophysics.
The school will be held on the picturesque campus of the Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO), a field station of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA). This campus is located near the village of Kavalur in the Javadi Hills in Tamil Nadu. The nearest train stations are Vaniambadi and Jolarpettai, from where road transport to the Observatory will be arranged by IIA. The Observatory campus is about a three-and-a-half hour drive from the IIA-Bangalore campus, from where also, road transport to VBO will be arranged by IIA.
Costs and Financial Support
Board, lodging and transport from Bangalore or the nearest train stations to the venue will be covered by IIA for all the participants. Participants are required to find their own travel funds. However, some limited travel funds are available for extremely deserving participants from institutions within India, especially from the university sector.
How to Apply
Participation in the school is open to practising astrophysicists at all levels. The number of participants will be limited to about 30. An on-line application form is available on the website, and this is the strongly preferred method. More details are on the website. Particular attention must be paid to demonstrating the relevance of the school to the applicant's research. The deadline for receiving the completed application forms as well as recommendation letters where relevant is the 15th April, 2013.
The IIA-PennState Astrostatistics School
The Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Bangalore 560 034