Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Uncertainty Quantification and Computational Imaging workshop

Apr 23, 2018 - Apr 24, 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA


Name Institution
Ottobre, Michela Heriot-Watt University
Pereyra, Marcelo Heriot-Watt University
Teckentrup, Aretha University of Edinburgh
Zygalakis, Kostas University of Edinburgh


This workshop will focus on sampling and simulation challenges arising in the field of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) and its many synergies with the field of computational imaging. In particular, this short workshop will bring together experts from the area of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and from computational imaging in order to exchange ideas that will benefit both areas.


Please note that this workshop will commence with registration around 10.30 on Monday 23 April and close around 15.30 on Tuesday 24 April 2018.



  • Invited Speakers and Organisers will already have received an invitation with a personalised link to their registration form. 
  • Other participants should REGISTER HERE.   You are advised to register early as places will be allocated on a first come/first served basis and registration will close when the optimum number is reached.   You are asked to arrange and pay for your own travel and accommodation.   Some suggestions for accommodation are given in the "Accommodation" paragraph below.  A 20 GBP registration is payable and will be collected on arrival at ICMS.   Refreshments and lunch will be provided both days of the workshop.   A limited number of places are available for a workshop dinner at a cost of 40 GBP per head.   If you are interested in attending the dinner, please indicate this on the registration form.   There will be a poster session on Monday 23 April in the afternoon.   If you wish to present your work as a poster, please indicate this on the form and give a poster title.


A registration fee of 20 GBP is payable in cash.   This will be collected on arrival at ICMS.   


The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.


If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.



Further details and many more suggestions for accommodation can be found here 


All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a MAC we expect you to bring your own adaptor. 


A poster session will be held on Monday 23 April, 14.30-16.00 during which time coffee will be served.   Posters may be of any size up to and including A0, landscape or portrait.   On arrival at ICMS you will be asked to hand your poster to ICMS staff and the posters will be displayed in the Chapterhouse on the Monday afternoon.  You may leave your poster on display until the end of the workshop, but please collect it before you leave. 


A workshop dinner will take place on Monday 23 April, 19.00, at Tigerlily, 125 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN.  Places are limited and are not guaranteed.   Public applicants wishing to attend should indicate this on the registration form, noting that the cost is 40 GBP for attendance at the dinner.   

Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be sent to:   audrey (dot) mccrorie@icms.org.uk



Please note that this Programme may yet be subject to alteration. 

Monday 23 April 2018


Registration in the Chapterhouse, Level 1, ICMS


Aretha Teckentrup (University of Edinburgh)
Minicourse on UQ
Sampling methods for uncertainty quantification


Lunch break


Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Gradient-based samplers


Poster Session with coffee/tea in the Chapterhouse


Anthony Kennedy (University of Edinburgh)


Speaker - TBA



Workshop dinner at Tigerlily, 125 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN 


Tuesday 24 April 2018


Marcelo Pereya (Heriot-Watt University)
Minicourse on imaging
Bayesian statistical inference in computational imaging


Coffee/Tea in the Chapterhouse


Altmann, Yoann (Heriot-Watt University)
Bayesian cluster analysis for Atom Probe Tomography


Lunch break


McEwen, Jason (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London)
Uncertainty quantification for radio interferometric imaging





Presentation Details
Altmann, Yoann
Bayesian cluster analysis for Atom Probe Tomography
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Kennedy, Anthony
HMC on symmetric spaces
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McEwen, Jason
Uncertainty quantification for radio interferometric imaging
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Papaspiliopoulos, Omiros
Gradient-based samplers
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Pereyra, Marcelo
Bayesian statistical inference in computational imaging
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Teckentrup, Aretha
Sampling methods for uncertainty quantification
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Name Institution
Altmann, Yoann Heriot-Watt University
Fernandez Vidal, Ana Heriot-Watt University
Kennedy, Anthony University of Edinburgh
McEwen, Jason Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), University College London (UCL)
McLaughlin, Stephen Heriot-Watt University
Ottobre, Michela Heriot-Watt University
Papaspiliopoulos, Omiros Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Pereyra, Marcelo Heriot-Watt University
Teckentrup, Aretha University of Edinburgh
Wallace, Andrew Heriot-Watt University
Zygalakis, Kostas University of Edinburgh