Info-Gap Theory and Imprecision - Workshop at Durham: 13-14 July 2007

The Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, organizes a workshop on `Info-Gap Theory and Imprecision', on Friday 13 July and Saturday 14 July 2007. The Friday will be a day of lectures, the Saturday will be used for (mostly informal) discussions aimed at bringing expertise together and considering important research problems. If you want more information, please contact one of the organisers (see bottom of page). Everyone is welcome to attend, one or both days! Please note that Yakov Ben-Haim will also give a general lecture on Info-Gap Theory, entitled `Why More is Less: Info-Gap Explanation for Robust-Satisficing Behavior', at Durham on Thursday 12 July at 16.00 - all are welcome (see below for more details).

The workshop will take place in lecture room CM221 in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham. This is number 15 on the Map.

More information about travelling to Durham can be found Travel Info, whilst information on suitable accommodation (en-suite rooms, B&B, in Durham colleges) is available Accommodation Info. All colleges offer suitable accommodation, if you wish a recommendation then we would suggest Collingwood College.

As Durham is a particularly beautiful small city (its Cathedral and Castle are a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with all attractions at short walking distance from the University and its colleges, this is an ideal opportunity to also spend some time as a tourist - see Tourist Info.

The timing of this workshop makes is particularly suitable for researchers who also participate at ISIPTA'07 - the Fifth International Symposium on Imprecise Probability: Theories and Applications, in Prague (16-19 July), for more information see the webpage: ISIPTA'07. There are suitable flights from Newcastle Airport to Prague (e.g. EasyJet).

Currently, there are 7 talks scheduled, each 30 minutes including 5 minutes for discussion. If you wish to participate and also give a presentation, please let the organisers know as soon as possible (we can include one or two more talks).

The following speakers will present work with the titles as given. Some abstracts are included further down the webpage.

- 10.00: Coffee
- 10.30: Jonathan Lawry (Bristol) - Imprecise Linguistic Rules for High-Level Qualitative and Quantitative Modelling
- 11.00: Malcolm Farrow (Newcastle) & Michael Goldstein (Durham) - Experimental design with imprecise utility hierarchies
- 11.30: Yakov Ben-Haim (Haifa) - Why we design to spec: info-gap explanation for satisficing design requirements
- 12.00: Lunch
- 14.00: Pauline Coolen-Schrijner & Frank Coolen (Durham) - Imprecision in nonparametric predictive inference
- 14.30: Graeme Manson (Sheffield) - Evidence-based damage classification for an aircraft structure
- 15.00: Tea
- 15.30: Matthias Troffaes (Durham) - On a unification of regular and natural extension
- 16.00: Jim Hall (Newcastle) - Analysing the robustness of engineering decisions to hydraulic model and hydrological uncertainties

Following from topics mentioned and discussed on Friday, we will have some group discussions, and plenty of time for discussions in small groups, aimed at bringing together problems, ideas and possible solutions. This day will have mostly an informal nature, and is likely to start at about 10.00 and finish at about 16.00. If you attend this workshop, and do not wish to give a full lecture but still would like to raise some problems you are working on or are interested in, you are welcome to give a brief presentation (about 5 minutes perhaps, we do not want lectures on a Saturday!) on this day to also feed into the discussions.

On Thursday 12 July, Yakov Ben Haim will give a research presentation at the Durham Institute of Advanced Study, aimed at introducing some aspects of Info-Gap Theory to a wide audience. This lecture, entitled `Why More is Less: Info-Gap Explanation for Robust-Satisficing Behavior', will take place at 16.00, also in room CM221 in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Frank Coolen - e-mail: Frank.Coolen@durham.ac.uk

Pauline Coolen-Schrijner - e-mail: Pauline.Schrijner@durham.ac.uk

Matthias Troffaes - e-mail: Matthias.Troffaes@durham.ac.uk

Last revision: 05/07/07