Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Mathematics for measurement

Jan 30, 2017 - Feb 02, 2017

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

Organisers

Name Institution
Forbes, Alistair National Physical Laboratory
Higham, Des University of Strathclyde
Ramage, Alison University of Strathclyde

 

Within the overarching theme of "mathematics for measurement" the first objective of this workshop is to bring together internationally leading mathematical scientists with expertise in: data assimilation; uncertainty quantification; probabilistic numerics'; inference in complex systems and statistical model comparison; and high performance scientific computing, in order to showcase the state-of-the-art, share expertise and initiate new collaborations within academia and beyond.  The second objective is to draw particular attention to success stories and pressing challenges in two fields: the environment; and resilient cities.  It is also the aim of the organisers to encourage the UK mathematical community to engage more fully with current activities in metrology.  The workshop will bring together a mix of applied mathematicians, applied statisticians and related researchers from government labs, industry and stakeholder organisations, with an emphasis on accessible presentations that will encourage new research collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Arrangements

This four-day workshop is anticipated to commence at 09.00 on Monday 30 January and close at 14.00 on Thursday 2 February 2017.

 

Participation

  • Invited participants will have receive an invitation email from ICMS in November 2016.  
  • Public applicants: The public application form is now closed.

 

Registration Fee
A registration fee of 100.00 GBP is payable by all participants (excluding Organisers).  Payment can be made on arrival at ICMS - at Registration we will accept cash, credit/debit card payments and sterling cheques (payable to “Heriot-Watt University”).  Unfortunately, we do not yet have an on-line payment system at ICMS.   If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, please complete this credit/debit card form and bring the completed form to Registration.  Please note that there is a 1.75% additional charge for credit card payments.   

 

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

 

Talks and Audio/Visiual Equipment
All lectures 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. 

 

UK Visas
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.

 

Travel
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.

 

Catering
Lunch and refreshments will be provided at ICMS on each day of the workshop.  The workshop dinner will be held at 19.00 on Wednesday 1 February 2017 at Blonde Restaurant, 75 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh.  

 

 

Programme

Download a pdf of the abstracts here.

Monday 30 January

09:00-09:40

Registration in the Chapterhouse, Level 1

09:40-09:45

Welcome and introductions

 

Uncertainty and data

09:45-10:30

Peter Harris (National Physical Laboratory)
Solving large structured non-linear least-squares problems, with an application in earth observation
pdf of presentation

10:30-11:00

Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse

11:00-11:45

Marian Scott (University of Glasgow)
Measurement in archaeological dating

11:45-12:30

Olha Bodnar (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt)
Objective Bayesian inference with applications to generalized marginal random effects model

12:30-14:00

Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse

14:00-14:45

Dirk Husmeier (University of Glasgow)
Parameter inference and model selection in a partial differential equation model of cell migration, applied to high-resolution microscopy data

14:45-15:30

David Lloyd (University of Surrey)
Data assimilation for self-excitation processes

15:30-16:00

Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse

16:00-16:45

Martin Benning (University of Cambridge)
Gradient descent in a Bregman distance framework

16:45-17:30

Open discussion led by Alistair Forbes (National Physical Laboratory)

17:30-19.00

Informal wine reception in the Chapterhouse

 

Tuesday 31 January

 

Uncertainty and measurement

09:15-10:30

Donald Estep (Colorado State University)
A new approach to stochastic inverse problems for scientific inference

10:30-11:15

Francois-Xavier Briol (University of Warwick)
A probabilistic numerics approach to Monte Carlo integration

11:15-11:45

Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse

11:45-12:30

Antonio Possolo (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Plurality of type A evaluations of measurement uncertainty

12:30-14:00

Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse

14:00-14:45

Valerie Livina (National Physical Laboratory)
Tipping point analysis of ocean acoustic noise

14:45-15:30

Séverine Demeyer (Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais)
Surrogate model based estimation of probabilities of failure of computationally expensive systems

15:30-16:00

Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse

16:00-16:45

Louise Wright (National Physical Laboratory)
Mathematics for measurement and design of advanced materials
pdf of presentation

16.45-17.30

Open discussion led by Don Estep
Should we establish a standard set of stochastic inverse problems?

 

Wednesday 1 February  

 

Computational techniques

09:15-10:00

Ian Roulstone (University of Surrey)
Data assimilation and modelling the carbon cycle

10:00-10:45

Ian Vernon (Durham University)
Bayesian computer model analysis of Robust Bayesian analyses

10:45-11:15

Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse

11:15-12:00

Melina Freitag (University of Bath)
Balanced truncation model order reduction for stochastically controlled linear systems

12:00-12:45

Alison Ramage (University of Strathclyde)
A multilevel preconditioner for data assimilation with 4D-Var
pdf of presentation

12:45-14:15

Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse

14:15-15:00

Des Higham (University of Strathclyde)
Monte Carlo efficiency

15:00-15:45

Neil Chada (University of Warwick)
Reduced basis method: computational speedup of inverse problems?

15:45-16:15

Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse

16:15-17:00

Jennifer Pestana (University of Strathclyde)
Null space preconditioners for saddle point problems
pdf of presentation

19:00

Workshop Dinner at Blonde Restaurant, 75 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh

 

Thursday 2 February

 

Industrial applications

09:30-10:15

Mike Christie (Heriot-Watt University)
Bayesian hierarchical models for measurement error

10:15-11:00

Stephane Chretien (National Physical Laboratory)
Optimal design for quadratic observations

11:00-11:30

Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse

11:30-12:15

Russell Davies (Cardiff University)
Determining the relaxation spectra of polymers from oscillatory shear measurements

12:15-12:45

Wrap up discussion

12:45-14:00

Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse

14:00

Close of workshop

 

Download a pdf of the abstracts here.

Presentations:

Presentation Details
Benning, Martin
Gradient descent in a Bregman distance framework
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Bodnar, Olha
Objective Bayesian inference with applications to generalized marginal random effects model
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Briol, Francois-Xavier
A probabilistic numerics approach to Monte Carlo integration
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Chada, Neil
Reduced basis method: computational speedup of inverse problems?
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Chretien, Stephane
Optimal design for quadratic observations
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Christie, Mike
Bayesian hierarchical models for measurement error
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Davies, Russell
Determining the relaxation spectra of polymers from oscillatory shear measurements
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Demeyer, Séverine
Surrogate model based estimation of probabilities of failure of computationally expensive systems
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Estep, Donald
A new approach to stochastic inverse problems for scientific inference
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Freitag, Melina
Balanced truncation model order reduction for stochastically controlled linear systems
View Abstract Down
Harris, Peter
Solving large structured non-linear least-squares problems, with an application in earth observation
View Abstract Down
Higham, Des
Monte Carlo efficiency
View Abstract Down
Husmeier, Dirk
Parameter inference and model selection in a partial differential equation model of cell migration, applied to high-resolution microscopy data
View Abstract Down
Livina, Valerie
Tipping point analysis of ocean acoustic noise
View Abstract Down
Lloyd, David
Data assimilation for self-excitation processes
View Abstract Down
Pestana, Jennifer
Null space preconditioners for saddle point problems
View Abstract Down
Possolo, Antonio
Plurality of type A evaluations of measurement uncertainty
View Abstract Down
Ramage, Alison
A multilevel preconditioner for data assimilation with 4D-Var
View Abstract Down
Roulstone, Ian
Data assimilation and modelling the carbon cycle
View Abstract Down
Scott, Marian
Measurement in archaeological dating
View Abstract Down
Vernon, Ian
Bayesian computer model analysis of Robust Bayesian analyses
View Abstract Down
Wright, Louise
Mathematics for measurement and design of advanced materials
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Participants

Name Institution
Benning, Martin University of Cambridge
Bodnar, Olha Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Briol, Francois-Xavier University of Warwick
Chada, Neil University of Warwick
Cheney, James University of Edinburgh
Chretien, Stephane National Physical Laboratory
Christie, Mike Heriot-Watt University
Cortis, Dominic University of Leicester
Davies, Russell Cardiff University
Demeyer, Séverine Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais
Estep, Donald Colorado State University
Forbes, Alistair National Physical Laboratory
Freitag, Melina University of Bath
Harris, Peter National Physical Laboratory
Higham, Des University of Strathclyde
Husmeier, Dirk University of Glasgow
Krikstanavicius, Tadas University of Strathclyde
Livina, Valerie National Physical Laboratory
Lloyd, David University of Surrey
Miller, Ainsley University of Strathclyde
Pestana, Jennifer University of Strathclyde
Possolo, Antonio National Institute of Standards and Technology
Ramage, Alison University of Strathclyde
Roulstone, Ian University of Surrey
Rynn, James University of Manchester
Scott, Marian University of Glasgow
Vernon, Ian Durham University
Wright, Louise National Physical Laboratory