2007: Monte Carlo Methods
The first national winter school in eScience is organized the week January 28 to February 2 at Dr. Holms Hotel, Geilo, Norway. Through the winter schools (four planned in the years 2007-2010) we wish to develop a supplementary forum for dissemination of modern theory and methods in mathematics, statistics and computer science. The winter schools will be given on a national basis, and will therefore contribute to a broader contact between students at the different universities and researchers in the institutes and the industry. The winter schools are also open to participants from outside Norway.

Topics and Lecturers

  • Introduction to Monte Carlo methods and applications in the physical sciences -  Morten Hjorth-Jensen (University of Oslo)
  • Applications within data assimilation  - Geir Evensen (Norsk Hydro/ NERSC) og Laurent Bertino (NERSC)
  • Applications within finance - Fred Espen Benth (University of  Oslo)
  • Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods - Håkon Tjelmeland (NTNU)

Lecture notes available online.

Scientific organizer of the winter school is Einar Rønquist (NTNU). All lectures will be in English.

Tentativte Program

Time  Activity Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
07:00-09:00 Breakfast            
09:00-10:30 Lecture   eSM  eSM GE/LB FEB HT
10:30-12:30 Lecture   MHJ eSM break break  
12:30-14:00 Lunch            
14:00-15:00 Lecture   MHJ MHJ break break  
15:00-16:30 Lecture   eSM MHJ GE/LB FEB  
16:30-17:00 Coffee break            
17:00-18:30 Lecture MHJ eSM GE/LB HT HT  
19:30 - Dinner            
MHJ = Morten Hjort-Jensen GE = Geir Evensen FEB = Fred Espen Benth
eSM = eScience Meeting LB = Laurent Bertino HT = Håkon Tjelmeland


The lecture program may change, in particular on Mon-Tue so that the participants of the winter school can follow some of the lecture in  the parallel  scientific meeting.

During the middle of the day, there is a break so that the participants may work, exercise (the hotel is almost on-top-of the alpine slopes) or relax. Lunch is served between 12:30 and 14:00. A lunch voucher can be obtained in the hotel reception for those who prefer the alpine slopes or the cross-country trails.

On Friday, the lectures end before lunch, so that you can eat lunch at the hotel before you catch a train back to Bergen or Oslo.


Deadline: December 15 2006.

The participants are expected to stay at  Dr. Holms Hotel, where the organizers have booked a number of rooms. Please state in the registration form wether you want a single or double room. (Notice that cancellations after the deadline is subject to a certain cancellation fee).

Published September 8, 2006