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IAA – Cosmostatistics Initiative Summer Residence Program – 2014 – Lisbon

IAA - WGC Summer Residence Program – 2014 – Lisbon This year Portugal will be hosting the first Summer Residence Program dedicated to the application of modern statistical tools to astronomical problems. This will take place between the 17th and the 24th of August 2014 at Lisbon, and it is being organized by the International Astrostatistics Association Working group on Cosmostatistics (IAA-WGC).

The IAA-WGC summer residence program is the first of its kind: it aims to put together a core team
working together against the clock in order to prepare a series of articles applying modern statistical
tools to astronomical problems. Some methods that will be studied will be applied to cosmological or
astronomical problems for the first time in the literature.
During the program, methods such as Approximated Bayesian Computation, Generalized Linear Models,
Multidimensional Correlation, Meta-learning and Gaussian process will be studied for possible
applications to cosmological simulations, galaxy surveys, supernovae cosmology and the analysis of
clusters of galaxies.


On the supporting institutions

The International Astrostatistics Association (IAA) is the professional association for astrostatistics and astroinformatics. The IAA has a current membership of 456 researchers, representing 46 nations from all six populated continents. Their support comes from a grant by Pennsylvania State University Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics through funds and webmaster services for maintaining the IAA website.

The Working Group of Cosmostatistics of the IAA is designed to promote the development of a new family of tools for data exploration in cosmology. The objective is to bring together researchers with expertise in cosmological simulations, large scale surveys analysis, data-mining, statistics and machine learning. The WGC has a current membership of 45 researchers, representing 15 nations from all six populated continents.

This year the program will be held at Lisbon and will have the logistic support of the University of Lisbon’s SIM Laboratory. 

The research and project management infrastructure is hosted at the Astronomer’s Workbench ( developed and supported by the Max Planck Society. It consists of a collaborative platform  to allow scientific project groups to share data, results, texts and further project relevant resources throughout the whole research lifecycle.

 PROJECTS developed  during the Workshop (for a complete list of ongoing projects click here ).

 The Overlooked Potential of Generalized Linear Models in Astronomy - I: Binomial Regression and Numerical Simulations  Project Leader: Rafael S. de Souza (ELTE, Hungary) and Ewan Cameron (Oxford, UK)

status: published in Astronomy & Computing

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Project Members: Benedetta Ciardi (MPA, Germany), Jamie D. Riggs (Northwestern U., USA), Joseph Hilbe (Arizona State University/JPL, USA), Madhura Killedar (LMU, Germany), Ricardo Vilalta (U. Houston, USA), Umberto Maio (INAF, Italy), Veronica Biffi (SISSA, Italy)


The Overlooked Potential of Generalized Linear Models in Astronomy-II: Gamma regression and photometric redshifts   Project Leader:  Jonathan Elliott  (MPE, Germany)

status: published in Astronomy & Computing

arxiv link:

Products:   R code in CRAN -

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Project Members: Alberto Krone-Martins (SIM, Lisbon), Emille E. O. Ishida (MPA, Germany), Ewan Cameron (Oxford, UK),  Joseph Hilbe ( Arizona State U./JPL, USA), Rafael S. de Souza (ELTE, Hungary)


CosmoABC: COSMOABC: Likelihood-free inference via Population Monte Carlo Approximate Bayesian Computation

Project Leader: Emille E. O. Ishida (MPA, Germany)

status: published in  Astronomy & Computing 

Project Members: Arlindo Trindade (University of Porto, Portugal), Ewan Cameron (Oxford, UK), Jessi Cisewski (Carnegie Mellon, USA), Mariana Penna-Lima (INPE, Brazil), Rafael S. de Souza (ELTE, Hungary), Sandro Vitenti (IAP, France), Vinicius C. Busti (U. Cape Town, South Africa)

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 Alberto Krone-Martins (University of Lisbon, Portugal) 

 Arlindo Trindade (CAUP, Portugal)

 Benedetta Ciardi (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Germany)

 Emille Ishida (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Germany)

 Eric Feigelson (Penn State, USA)

 Ewan Cameron (Oxford, UK)

 Jessi Cisewski (Carnegie Mellon, USA )

 Jonny Elliot (Max-Planck-Institut, extraterrestrische Physik, Germany)

 Joseph Hilbe (Arizona State University & Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)

 Madhura Killedar ( Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany)

 Mariana Penna-Lima (INPE, Brazil )

 Rafael de Souza (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)

 Ricardo Vilalta (University of Houston, USA)

 Sandro Vitenti (IAP, France)

 Vinicius Busti ( University of Cape Town, South Africa) 



 Rafael de Souza (IAA-WGC Chair –  Eötvös Loránd University)

 Joseph Hilbe (IAA President – Arizona State University & Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

 Emille Ishida (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik)

 Alberto Krone-Martins (University of Lisbon)

Venue Information 

Venue address:  Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 93 - Lisbon, Portugal. 
Near to Praca de Espanha subway station. 
The check-in is allowed from 3pm on Sunday, August 17th 2014.
The check-out is until 12am on Sunday, August 24th, 2014. 
If you are coming from the airport,  you can take a taxi which will cost around 10 euros. 
Alternatively, you can take the red subway line until the final station (S. Sebastiao) and then exchange to the blue line in direction to Amadora Este. Get off at the next stop (Praca de Espanha).  Then you have to walk around 500m to the final destination. 
The detail map for this walking route is given in meeting description.