**W**e
are organising a one-day meeting on recent advances on ABC methods in
Paris, at Université
Paris Dauphine, next June 26, 2009, as the final step of our ANR
2005-2008 Misgepop
project,
with financial support from Université
Paris Dauphine (BQR) and from the GIS
"Sciences de la Décision" X-HEC-ENSAE. There
have been so many advances in this area in the past year or so
that a single day is obviously too short to cover the whole field, but
it
should
nonetheless put the highlight on those advances and bring the (local)
communities
together. Further and longer meetings may also stem from that one.

The program of the workshop is

- 9h30-10h00: Welcome coffee
- 10h00-10h30: Arnaud Doucet, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo, and Ajay Jasra, Imperial College London, "An Adaptive Sequential Monte Carlo Method for Approximate Bayesian Computation" [slides]

- 10h30-11h00: Tina Toni, Imperial College London, "ABC SMC for dynamical systems" [slides]

- 11h00-11h30: Marc Briers, QinetiQ Malvern, "Marginal and joint space representations within ABC, and the issue of bias" [slides]

- 11h30-12h00: Christoph Leuenberger, Université de Fribourg, "ABC and Model Selection in Population Genetics" [slides]

- 12h00-12h30: Oliver Ratman, Imperial College London, "Model Criticism based on likelihood-free inference, with an application to protein network evolution" [slides]

- 12h30-13h00: Jean-Michel Marin, Université de Montpellier 2, "ABC methods for model choice in Gibbs random fields" [slides]

- 13h00-13h30: Lunch break (bring your own sandwich!!!, tea and coffee will be available)
- 13h30-14h00: David Balding and Matt Nunes, Imperial College London, "Selecting summary statistics for ABC" [slides]

- 14h00-14h30: Paul Fearnhead, University of Lancaster, "Choice of Summary Statistics for ABC" [slides]

- 14h30-15h00: Marc Beaumont, University of Reading, "ABC and hierarchical models: summary statistics, algorithms, and applications in population genetics" [slides]

- 15h00-15h30: Michael Blum, TIMC, Grenoble, "Approximate Bayesian Computation: a non-parametric perspective" [slides]

- 15h30-16h00: Tea (and coffee) break
- 16h00-16h30: Richard Wilkinson, University of Sheffield, "The error in ABC" [slides]

- 16h30-17h00: Christophe Andrieu, University of Bristol, "ABC and exact approximations";
- 17h00-17h30: Olivier Francois, TIMC, Grenoble, "Non-linear regression models for Approximate Bayesian Computation" [slides]

- 17h30-18h00: Arnaud Estoup, CBGP, INRA, Montpellier, "From theory to application: DIYABC, a user-friendly program to infer complex population histories using Approximate Bayesian Computation" [slides]

This definitely is a marathonian schedule (!), but it should allow for attendees from France or nearby countries to make the round trip within the same day (if needed).

This meeting is free, with no registration, and open to anyone interested. The talks will take place in Amphitheater 2-3 of Université Paris Dauphine, located on the second floor of the (unique) university building. Université Paris Dauphine is located in downtown Paris (Porte Dauphine) and is accessible by metro (e.g., stops Porte Dauphine, or Avenue Foch) as explained there.

Contact Christian Robert at bayesianstatistics[(à)]gmail.com for further practical information (but the programme is now complete, no more talks, sorry!)