New Zealand Insitute for Mathematics and its Applications thematic programme


in collaboration with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems

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is holding a workshop on 

Statistical Inference and Partial Differential Equations (SIPE'10)

aka Southern Inverse Problems Events 

January 18-20, 2010

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Location | Timetable | Registration | Accomodation


The organisers invite contributions on any topic that combines computational inference and computational partial differential equations.

Computational PDEs is interpreted as including all the computational technologies often employed for solving PDEs. A modern classical combination of inference and PDEs is the application of statistical inference to solving inverse problems in partial differential equations, and we expect many leading international experts in this area will be attending. We are particularly excited about recent developments where methods for computational PDEs are being adapted to create new algorithms for computational inference. Researchers in this area are strongly encouraged to participate.


Jari Kaipio (Auckland and Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems)
Daniel Watzenig (Graz University of Technology and Virtual Vehicle Center)
Al Parker (NZIMA and Montana State University)
Ville Kolehmainen (Kuopio)
Heikki Haario (Lappeenranta)
John Bardsley (University of Montana )
Tiangang Cui (Auckland)
Erfang Ma (Otago)
Colin Fox (Physics, Otago)
J. Andrés Christen (CIMAT)


The workshop will be held in the Physics Department of the University of Otago, located at 730 Cumberland Street, Dunedin (talks in room 314).


The workshop will run in the mornings of January 18-20, 2010, leaving plenty of time for local activities.
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There is no registration fee. Attendance of extra-workshop activities such as a slap-up dinner and local sightseeing will incur a small cost. Limited funds are available to assit New Zealand participants in attending the workshop and activities. Please contact Colin Fox for further details.

Researchers based outside New Zealand are welcome to participate in the workshop.


Registration is open: contact Colin Fox by email (fox 'at' to register your interest.

Local Activities

We are hoping that participants will take the time to enjoy the beautiful environs of Dunedin, Otago, and the South Island of New Zealand. We have a few activities lined up for participants:
  • Pre-conference tramp: On Sunday 17 January, Al Parker will be leading a tramp (a hike) to some beautiful spot in the Dunedin environs. It will be a relaxed affair. We encourage participants to come a day early and get in touch with Al or Colin to be included.
  • Taeiri Gorge railway trip: is planned for the afternoon of Tuesday 19 January. Train leaves Dunedin railway station 2:30pm (be there in advance) and gets back 6:30 pm. 
  • Conference dinner: will be held the evening of Wednesday 20 January, from 5:30 pm in the University Staff Club.


Dunedin has a range of accomodation options for participants. We suggest the following (possibly eclectic) options:
  • Living Space has serviced appartments that are centrally located at not-a-bad price. This is a good option for those looking to stay in Dunedin for a while longer than the conference.
  • Bluestone on George is a nice place to stay, if the rave reviews on TripAdvisor are true. I've never stayed there.

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