School of Mathematics

ISBA 2018, Edinburgh

The world meeting of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) took place in June 24-29, 2018. The organization of the event was lead by Miguel de Carvalho (School of Mathematics), in a joint collaborative effort with Vanda InĂ¡cio de Carvalho, Natalia Bochkina, ICMS, along with colleagues from the School of Informatics and from Oxford University. The meeting took place in Edinburgh, a city intimately associated with Thomas Bayes, who studied logic and theology at the University of Edinburgh as an undergraduate (circa 1719--1722). About 730 delegates attended the meeting, making it the most popular ISBA world meeting in terms of attendance. ISBA 2018 is the continuation of the traditional Valencia/ISBA Meetings regularly held since 1979. They represent a unique event where the Bayesian community gathers together to discuss recent advances and the future of the profession.

The meeting included Foundational Lectures presented by Alan Gelfand (Duke University), Anthony O'Hagan (University of Sheffield), Judith Rousseau (Dauphine University), and Ed George (University of Pennsylvannia). Philip Dawid (University of Cambridge) was the de Finetti Lecturer, and Veronika Rockova (University of Chicago) was the Susie Bayarri Lecturer. Keynote speakers included Nicolas Chopin (ENSAE), Montse Fuentes (Dean, VCU), Steve MacEachern (Ohio State University), and Michael Jordan (UC Berkeley). Further information is available from