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Department of Mathematical Sciences: Statistics & Probability Group


Statistics Seminars

Seminars are usually held on Monday at 14:00 in CM221, but you should check the seminar details for exceptions. Contact for more information about this seminar series.

Towards Encrypted Inference for Arbitrary Models

Presented by Louis Aslett , Durham University

9 October 2017 14:00 in CM221

There has been substantial progress in development of statistical methods which are amenable to computation with modern cryptographic techniques, such as homomorphic encryption. This has enabled fitting and/or prediction of models in areas from classification and regression through to genome wide association studies. However, these are techniques devised to address specific models in specific settings, with the broader challenge of an approach to inference for arbitrary models and arbitrary data sets receiving less attention. This talk will discuss very recent results from ongoing work towards an approach which may allow theoretically arbitrary low dimensional models to be fitted fully encrypted, keeping the model and prior secret from data owners and vice-versa. The methodology will be illustrated with a variety of examples, together with a discussion of the ongoing direction of the work.

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Presented by Emilie Dufresne, University of Nottingham

16 October 2017 14:00 in CM221

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Presented by Matt Roberts, University of Bath

30 October 2017 14:00 in CM221

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Presented by Joanne Knight, Lancaster University

6 November 2017 14:00 in CM221

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Presented by Graeme Hickey, University of Liverpool

13 November 2017 14:00 in CM221

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Other seminar series

RSS North East Local Group seminars

The North Eastern Local Group of the Royal Statistical Society organises an annual programme of meetings and events allowing statisticians across the North East of England to meet and discuss topics of interest. The meetings are free to attend and non-members are always welcome. Meetings are typically held in Durham or Newcastle.

The program of these regular meetings can be found at the Royal Statistical Society North Eastern Local Group home page.

Postgraduate Seminars

These seminars offer an opportunity to find out more about what other postgraduates in the department are studying and help the speakers to improve their presentation skills in an informal atmosphere. Occasionally, postgraduate seminars are given by a member of staff. The postgraduate seminar will start in Epiphany term 2014 under the title "Stats4Grads". Postgraduates from the Statistics and Probability group, as well as from other groups and Departments, are more than welcome to attend, and to present their work with quantitative focus to a postgraduate audience.

Please see details at the Stats4Grads webpage.

Postgraduate Training Weeks

The Statistics group runs a series of postgraduate training weeks jointly organized with Newcastle University, which include lectures, seminar talks by guest speakers, computer practicals, and also seminar talks by postgraduate students. Six different training courses are offered in a 3-year-cycle, covering Multivariate Distributions (Newcastle), Smoothing (Durham), Statistical Computing (Newcastle), Foundations of Statistics (Durham), Design (Newcastle), and Modelling (Durham).