2014: Big Data & Statistics
The 14th Annual Winter School in eScience will be held January 19-24th 2014 in Geilo, Norway. The topic for the 2014 school is Big data challenges to modern statistics and internationally renowned experts will give a series of lectures on the subject. The organizing committe for the 2014 winter school consists of Arnoldo Frigessi (University of Oslo), and André R. Brodtkorb  (SINTEF).

Big data challenges to modern statistics:

Traditional statistical methodology is challenged by more and more complex and high-dimensional data and subtile scientific questions. This winter school will give you a panoramic overview and selective in-depth details, of some of the most important innovative statistical theories, methods and computational tools that are being developed. You will be introduced to: challenging statistical problems that require intensive computational approaches, structural model learning, causal inference, graphical models, functional data analysis, tree structured data, spatial data, point patterns and shape analysis, and more, both in a frequentist and bayesian perspective. Applications will span from genomics to computational anatomy, from ice with air bubbles images to geology, from human movement recognition to neurobiology, from networks to personalise therapy.

Tentative program:

Detailed program


The winter school will be lectured by esteemed lecturers:

Read more about the lecturers and the program on the lecturers page.

About the school:

The school is held at Dr. Holms Hotel in the middle of the ski slopes in Geilo, Norway. It targets Ph.D. level students the most brilliant master students and young researchers. It is also a meeting place for senior researchers. The school starts on Sunday afternoon and ends on Friday after lunch. Each day has one morning lecture, followed by a long break which is well spent socializing, and mostly skiing in the Geilo ski slopes or along the many cross-country tracks. The afternoon consists of two double lectures separated by a coffee break, and finally a common three course dinner.


The registration deadline for the winter school was december 6th 2013.

Please register as early as possible, as we have a limited number of rooms at Dr. Holms: after the deadline we may not be able to guarantee you a room. The school is free to attend, but attendees must cover individual hotel and travel expenses.

Published October 28, 2013