Uncertainty Quantification and Computational Imaging workshop

23-24 April 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA


Michela Ottobre and Marcelo Pereyra, Heriot-Watt University
Aretha Teckentrup and Kostas Zygalakis, University of Edinburgh

This workshop will focus on sampling and simulation challenges arising in the field of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) and its many synergies with the field of computational imaging. In particular, this short workshop will bring together experts from the area of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and from computational imaging in order to exchange ideas that will benefit both areas.


Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to: audrey (dot) mccrorie@icms.org.uk.


Please note that this workshop will commence with registration around 10.30 on Monday 23 April and close around 15.30 on Tuesday 24 April 2018.


The registration period for this workshop is now closed.


A registration fee of 20 GBP is payable in cash.   This will be collected on arrival at ICMS.   


The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA.


If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.
A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.   There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue.

Lothian buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.
If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge.


Participants are asked to arrange and pay for their own accommodation (only once your application has been accepted).  

Some suggestions:
Ibis Hotel on South Bridge (not Hunter Square)
Very close to ICMS.

Motel One Edinburgh (Please note that Motel One has two hotels in the city centre -Motel One Royal or Motel One Princes.  Both are within easy walking distance of ICMS)

Pollock Halls of Residence, The University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY 
0800 028 7118 (UK only) - +44 (0)131 651 2189 - http://www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk/
University of Edinburgh accommodation. Pollock Halls is about a 20 minute walk from ICMS.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH
+44 (0)131 200 3300 - http://www.jurys-edinburgh-hotels.com/
Only a 5 minute walk from ICMS.

Edinburgh City Hotel, 79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ 
+44 (0)131 622 7979 - http://www.edinburghcityhotel.com/

St Christophers Hostel, 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE  (approx 25.00 or less depending on offers available)
+44 (0)20 7407 1856 -  http://www.st-christophers.co.uk/edinburgh-hostels - bookings@st-christophers.co.uk
This is Youth Hostel accommodation.


A poster session will be held on Monday 23 April, 14.30-16.00 during which time coffee will be served.  Posters may be of any size up to and including A0, landscape or portrait.   On arrival at ICMS you will be asked to hand your poster to ICMS staff and the posters will be displayed in the Chapterhouse on the Monday afternoon.  You may leave your poster on display until the end of the workshop, but please collect it before you leave. 


A workshop dinner will take place on Monday 23 April, 19.00, at Tigerlily, 125 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN.  Places are limited and are not guaranteed.  Public applicants wishing to attend should indicate this on the registration form, noting that the cost is 40 GBP for attendance at the dinner.



Please note that this Programme may yet be subject to alteration. 

Download the PDF of abstracts for talks

Download the PDF of poster titles

Monday 23 April 2018


Registration in the Chapterhouse, Level 1, ICMS


Aretha Teckentrup (University of Edinburgh)
Minicourse on UQ
Sampling methods for uncertainty quantification


Lunch break


Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Gradient-based samplers


Poster Session with coffee/tea in the Chapterhouse


Anthony Kennedy (University of Edinburgh)
HMC on symmetric spaces


Durmus, Alain (ENS-Cachan)
The Langevin MCMC: theory and methods


Workshop dinner at Tigerlily, 125 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN 


Tuesday 24 April 2018


Marcelo Pereyra (Heriot-Watt University)
Minicourse on imaging
Bayesian statistical inference in computational imaging


Coffee/Tea in the Chapterhouse


Altmann, Yoann (Heriot-Watt University)
Bayesian cluster analysis for Atom Probe Tomography


Lunch break


McEwen, Jason (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London)
Uncertainty quantification for radio interferometric imaging