SIPTA Summer School 2022

15 – 19 August 2022, University of Bristol


About

Welcome to the SIPTA Summer School 2022!

The Society for Imprecise Probabilities: Theories and Applications

The members of SIPTA, the Society for Imprecise Probabilities: Theories and Applications, are convinced that there is more to uncertainty than probabilities. There is much more, in fact. Do you like priors but don't love precise distributions? What about incomparability without indifference? Would you like to model uncertainty without any probabilities at all? You're in luck! There are numerous mathematical models that can measure chance or uncertainty without sharp numerical probabilities. We refer to these as imprecise probabilities.

SIPTA is in charge of the organisation of the biennial ISIPTA Conferences in odd years, and the SIPTA Summer Schools in even years.

Nikos Gamez–Konek     

"Imprecise probabilities are the only treats I need."
— Jason Konek, 2021












The SIPTA Summer School 2022

The SIPTA Summer School is meant to serve as an introduction to imprecise probabilities and its applications for master's and doctoral students, and more generally to any scholar that is interested in becoming acquainted with the theory. The edition of 2022 will be organised by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bristol.

Organising committee

Jason Konek, chair
Fabio Cozman, external advisor
Kevin Blackwell
Catrin Campbell-Moore
Giacomo Molinari
Richard Pettigrew
Arthur Van Camp

The organisation of this edition of the SIPTA summer school is made possible by Jason Konek's ERC-funded Epistemic Utility for Imprecise Probability project.

We are looking forward to a great summer school!

Location

Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1QE, United Kingdom


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Lecturers

  • Ben Levinstein Monday, 15 August, first session (1 hour) and Friday, 19 August

    Assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Gert de Cooman Monday, 15 August, second session

    Professor in Uncertainty Modelling and Systems Science at the Foundations Lab for imprecise probabilities of Ghent University

  • Teddy Seidenfeld Tuesday, 16 August

    Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Philosophy and Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Thomas Augustin Wednesday, 17 August, morning

    Dean of Studies and Program Coordinator, Method(olog)ische Grundlagen der Statistik und ihre Anwendungen, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

  • Alessandro Antonucci Thursday, 18 August

    Senior Lecturer-Researcher at IDSIA

  • Cassio de Campos Thursday, 18 August

    Associate professor at Eindhoven University of Technology

  • Fabio Cozman Thursday, 18 August

    Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence at USP

  • Jason Konek Friday, 19 August

    Senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Bristol

Schedule

Please find the tentative schedule below. We will update it as new information comes in, and indicate here once it is definitive.

Time Lecturer(s) topic
Monday, 15 August, first session (1 hour) Ben Levinstein University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Why imprecise probabilities?
Monday, 15 August, second session Gert de Cooman Ghent University Introduction to imprecise probabilities
Tuesday, 16 August Teddy Seidenfeld Carnegie Mellon University Decision making
Wednesday, 17 August, morning Thomas Augustin Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Statistics and imprecise probabilities
Wednesday, 17 August, afternoon excursion place TBA excursion TBA
Thursday, 18 August Alessandro Antonucci IDSIA Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research
Cassio de Campos Eindhoven University of Technology
Fabio Cozman Universidade de São Paulo
Imprecise probabilities in artificial intelligence
Friday, 19 August Jason Konek University of Bristol
Ben Levinstein University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Accuracy for imprecise probabilities

Registration

We will have a limited number of seats available for in-person attendance (~40 people), but virtually unlimited virtual capacity. The fee for virtual registration will be £25. We have two options for in-person attendance: Room and Board (£250) and Lunch Only (£25).

attending virtually: £25
attending in-person Room and Board: £250
attending in-person Lunch Only: £25

To register, please fill out this registration form by 15 May 2022. You will need a small statement explaining your research interests (in text format) and a short CV (as a pdf or document file).

Scholarship/Bursaries

If you are a student who would like to attend but would find the cost to be a hardship, we would like to help. In addition to waiving the fee for registration, we may be able to defray travel expenses. When filling out the registration form, please take care to (1) indicate that you are a student, and (2) check the box expressing interest in being considered.

Accommodation

For in-person participants, we have two registration options:

Room and Board The fee is £250. This includes student accommodation at Goldney Hall for the nights of 14 – 19 August (i.e., ending the morning of the 20th). Breakfast will be included (at Goldney Hall), and we will also cater lunch every day of the summer school.

Lunch Only The fee is £25. This option includes the same daily catered lunches as the Room and Board option, but no accommodation or breakfast.

Note on Accommodation at Goldney Hall Not all of the available rooms have an en suite bathroom; some rooms will share a communal bathroom. If you need a private bathroom, please indicate this on the form and give a brief explanation of why. We will do our best to assign rooms to accommodate everyone who has a compelling need.


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How to get there

Travel from Bristol Airport

  • Bus: Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meads via Airport Flyer; Bristol Temple Meads to Goldney Hall by local bus (#8) to Victoria Square.

  • Taxi: directly from airport to Goldney Hall.

Travel from Heathrow

  • Train: Heathrow to London Paddington via Heathrow Express; London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads via Great Western Railway; Bristol Temple Meads to Goldney Hall by local bus (#8) to Victoria Square, or taxi.

  • Bus: Heathrow to Bristol Bus Station via National Express; Bristol Bus Station to Goldney Hall by local bus (#8) to Victoria Square, or by taxi.

Important Dates

Registration via this form: 15 May 2022
Pay fee by: 11 June 2022
SIPTA Summer School 2022: 15 – 19 August 2022

Contact

For more information please contact Jason Konek.
For comments about the website, please contact Arthur Van Camp.