Entrance hall of the ICMSNonparametric statistical inference under shape constraints, May 2016

In May 2016, ICMS hosted a workshop on Nonparametric statistical inference under shape constraints

The workshop commenced with a tutorial on the Monday afternoon, there were 21 talks throughout the week and a panel discussion considering the Future directions in nonparametric inference under shape constraints.  The workshop was structured with lots of time for discussion and networking.

 Delegates at the  Nonparametric statistical inference under shape constraints workshop

 

Whilst the workshop was on, we took the opportunity to speak to a couple of the delegates in a bit more detail.

Hanna Jankowski, University of York, Toronto.


Hanna is attending the Nonparametric Statistical Inference under Shape Constraint workshop.  She was born in Poland and moved to Canada 30 years ago.  Hanna always liked Maths at School and after studying in Canada undertook a post-doc in the US. Hanna is based at York University, Toronto Canada.

Can you tell me what you were expecting when you signed up for this event and what have you got out of it so far?

There was a Shape Constraints meeting in the Netherlands last October, and I know a lot of the attendees so I had an idea of what the workshop would be like.  It has been great, as expected.

What have you found most enjoyable about the week so far?

 The talks have been excellent.  It has been good to see the variety of problems people are working on.  The panel discussions are a good idea.

How does participating in this workshop differ from your normal day as a mathematician?

The workshop gives me time to focus on research.  We are a relatively small community so it is good to have time to speak to other people who work in this area.

Have you met interesting people?

Yes

What might this lead to?

This meeting has brought some new people to community, where there are some common areas of interest. That will be interesting to explore

Have you been to many other events? 

I attend a mix of meetings and workshops.  Workshops are good and you can achieve a lot, but you need time in between then.

If you could solve one maths problem what would it be?

My current research.

How can we increase diversity in mathematics?  

Visibility is key either as speakers/awards/panels members.  These tend to be dominated by males, so it good for the students to see females in these roles. 

Do you prefer blackboard or powerpoint?

For presentations, powerpoint.  Access to blackboards is good.  At a previous meeting we were able to write on the walls, that was fun!

 

Cecile Durot, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, Paris

Cecile is attending the Nonparametric Statistical Inference under Shape Constraint workshop.  She became a mathematician because, when she was young Math was fun, and felt like a game.  She is based in Paris at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense. 

Can you tell me what you were expecting when you signed up for this event and what have you got out of it so far?

I was expecting to meet with colleagues I work with and would like to work with.  That has been the case.

What have you found most enjoyable about the week so far?

No single thing, having time for my own research and the talks are amongst the highlights.

How does participating in this workshop differ from your normal day as a mathematician?

I have time to concentrate on my research and interact with different colleagues. 

Have you met interesting people?

Yes

Have you been to many other events?

I attend several meetings each year.  This year I will have participated in 3 meetings.  This meeting at ICMS is different because it has a very focused subject area, the other meetings have been more general.

If you could solve one maths problem what would it be?

My current research.

Who is your favourite Mathematician? 

Too many to mention!

How can we increase diversity in mathematics?  

It is good to have females on committees etc, but you need to be careful that they do not end up spending all you time at meetings with no time to focus on your research!

Do you prefer blackboard or powerpoint? 

It depends on the subject.  Both are useful.

 

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