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Theme Day: Computer Experiments

Friday 15 August 2008

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organisers: Professor R Bailey (Queen Mary, London), Dr B Bogacka (Queen Mary, London), Dr H Grossmann (Queen Mary, London) and Dr D Woods (Southampton).

in association with the Newton Institute programme Design of Experiments (21 July to 15 August 2008)

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Computer experiments refers to the design and analysis of experiments on complex computer codes. An increasing number of systems are modelled via deterministic computer models, particularly where real experiments are unfeasible (too expensive, dangerous or just not possible). Examples of areas involved are engineering, environmental and climate models, geophysical models, chemical dynamics and disease models. The computer models are usually based on complex mathematics, for example, nonlinear partial differentiation equations or finite element models, with many different inputs. The output is then essentially the ouput from a solver, for example based on the finite element method. To explore and understand the models, experiments are performed where design consists of combinations of values of the input variables. As the response is deterministic, many of the standard principles of design (such as randomisation and replication) no longer apply. A new discipline of the statistical design and analysis of these experiments has developed over the last 20 years.

Speakers will include:

Henry Wynn (LSE), Peter Challoner (National Oceanoraphy Centre, Southampton), Lisa Moore (Los Alamos National Lab), Peter Qian (Wisconsin-Madison) and Hugo-Maruri-Aguilar (LSE).


There will be three scientific sessions and ample opportunity for informal interaction.

11:00 11:30 Registration and Coffee
11:30 12:30 Session I
12:30 13:30 Lunch
14:00 15:30 Session II
15:30 16:00 Tea
16:00 17:30 Session III

Accommodation and Costs:

There is a daily registration fee of £30 (reduced to £20 for students) which includes admission to all seminars, lunch and refreshments but does not include dinner or accommodation.

The daily accommodation fee is £55, this fee includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation for one night together with lunch and refreshments (Monday to Friday only).

Accommodation is available from Sunday 10 August to breakfast on Saturday 16 August 2008

Accommodation and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided at Wolfson Court, next to the Newton Institute where single study bedrooms with shared bathrooms are available. Please note dinner is not included in this fee. Delegates are expected to arrange their own evening meal.

Some support may be available for PhD students and early career researchers (within 5 years of PhD) under the Institute's Junior Membership scheme.

Sponsored by:

JMP from SAS GlaxoSmithKline
GenStat The Royal Statistical Society

Fisher Memorial Trust

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