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Georgios Vasdekis

Academic Background :

I am a second year MASDOC student in University of Warwick. Before that, I finished my B.Sc. in Mathematics at the University of Athens in 2015 and I received a MASt from Homerton College, University of Cambridge in 2016.

Research Interests :

I am interested in Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques and their applications in Bayesian Statistics. I am currently working with Prof. Gareth Roberts on using Piecewise Deterministic Markov Processes to sample from probability distributions. More specifically, I am working on a process called Zig-Zag, which seems to work well for posterior distributions in a Big Data setting. My second supervisor is Dr. Jon Warren. I am very interested in theory and applications of Markov Chains, and more broadly, of Probability Theory.

During my first year I worked with Ellie Archer and Stephen Pidgeon on a research study group on Stochastic Integrable Systems. We were supervised by prof. Nikos Zygouras and dr. Yacine Barhoumi-Andréani.

Talks/Posters:

The ZigZag Process (Poster), 54th Gregynog Statistical Conference , March 2018

Non-Reversible Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Postgraduate Seminar, Univrsity of Warwick, February 2018

I, also, attend and regularly present in the Probability and Simulation reading groups in Warwick and in the annual MASDOC retreat

Events Attended:

LMS Invited Lecture Series and CRISM Summer School in Computational Statistics, Warwick July 2018

54th Gregynog Statistical Conference, March 2017

Academy for PhD Training in Statistics (APTS), Cambridge, Nottingham, Glasgow

Probabilistic Approaches in Mathematical Physics, Summer School, Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics, Bilbao, July 2017

Recent Progress on the Geometry of Random Walks (Peter Whittle Colloquium), University of Cambridge, May 2017

3rd Athens Probability Colloquium, Athens, May 2015

6th Greek Stochastics Meeting on Networks: Theory and Applications, Athens, December 2014

2nd Athens Probability Colloquium, Athens, May 2014

Awards:

2016-2020 Full Studentship for PhD, funded by the EPSRC and the Statistics Department, University of Warwick

2015-2016 Scholarship from Onasis Foundation for studying Masters at the University of Cambridge

Teaching:

2017-2018: Teaching Assistant for Probability A,B , Term 2

2017-2018: Teaching Assistant for Mathematical Analysis 3, Term 1

2017-2018: Supervisor for two groups of first year non-maths students, Term 1,2

Other Interests:

Reading, Swimming, Role Playing games and Sleeping

Contact:

My email is G.Vasdekis@warwick.ac.uk and my office is B3.04