Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute
Spring 2006 Program on Astrostatistics
Kickoff Tutorials & Workshop
January 18-25, 2006

In the Spring semseter of 2006, SAMSI will host an astrostatistics program pursuing research in several areas where astronomy and statistics meet, including: extrasolar planets, astronomical surveys, gravitational lensing, source detection, and statistical issues in particle/astroparticle physics. To start off the program, SAMSI and the Center for Astrostatistics (CASt) at PSU are jointly hosting a week of tutorials. These are timed for just before the 3-day workshop launching the SAMSI astrostatistics program to enable program participants to participate in the tutorials. However, you are welcome to attend the tutorials regardless of your level of interest in the SAMSI astrostatistics program. The tutorials and the following workshop and research program are separate activities. Further, you may register for just one of the tutorial topics if you wish.

Significant financial support is likely to be available for early registrants.

The Opening Tutorials for the SAMSI program on Astrostatistics will be held Wednesday-Sunday, January 18-22, 2006, at SAMSI. These are designed to expose astronomers to modern methodologies in statistics and applied mathematics and familiarize statisticians with current trends in astronomy. The dates and subjects are as follows:

The Opening Workshop for the program will be held January 23-25, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel RTP in Research Triangle Park, NC. This workshop will focus on setting the scientific agenda for the program. Programmatic perspectives and necessary research directions will be provided by invited speakers and moderators who will focus the discussion among the attendees.

Further details about the topics of the tutorials and the program for the opening workshop are available at SAMSI. The application form for attendance at these events is also located there. Young researchers (graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in the early stages of their careers) and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The tutorials and workshop are joint activities with the Center for Astrostatistics at Penn State University.

Scientific Committee: G. J. Babu (Penn State University) - Chair, Alanna Connors (Eureka Scientific), Tom Loredo (Cornell University), and Larry Wasserman (Carnegie-Mellon University); Jim Berger (SAMSI - Directorate Liaison); Peter Bickel (Berkeley - National Advisory Committee Liaison)

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