November 8, 2008

Northwest Probability Seminar 2008

Location: Redmond, WA

This is a recap of the tenth Northwest Probability Seminar was a one-day mini-conference organized by the University of Washington, the Oregon State University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, and the Theory Group at Microsoft Research. Usually the conference is hosted at the University of Washington, but this year the conference was hosted at Microsoft.

Supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI),
Microsoft Research, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).

The Birnbaum Lecture in Probability was given by Laurent Saloff-Coste (Cornell). The other speakers were Omer Angel (UBC), Eyal Lubetzky (MSR), Soumik Pal (UW), and Edward Waymire (OSU).

[Speaker photographs] [Past Birnbaum speakers]

The Scientific Committee for the 2008 NW Probability Seminar consisted of Martin Barlow (U British Columbia), Chris Burdzy (U Washington), Zhen-Qing Chen (U Washington), Yevgeniy Kovchegov (Oregon State U), David Levin (U Oregon), and Yuval Peres (Microsoft).