In the last three decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of particle methods as a powerful tool in real-world applications of Monte Carlo simulation in computational physics, population biology, computer sciences, and statistical machine learning. Ideally suited to parallel and distributed computation, these advanced particle algorithms include nonlinear interacting jump diffusions; quantum, diffusion, and resampled Monte Carlo methods; Feynman-Kac particle models; genetic and evolutionary algorithms; sequential Monte Carlo methods; adaptive and interacting Markov chain Monte Carlo models; bootstrapping methods; ensemble Kalman filters; and interacting particle filters.

This lecture presents a comprehensive treatment of mean field particle simulation models and interdisciplinary research topics, including sequential Monte Carlo methodologies, genetic particle algorithms, genealogical tree-based algorithms, and quantum and diffusion Monte Carlo methods. Along with covering refined convergence analysis of particle algorithms, we also discuss applications related to parameter estimation in hidden Markov chain models, stochastic optimization, nonlinear filtering and multiple target tracking, stochastic optimization, calibration and uncertainty propagations in numerical codes, rare event simulation, financial mathematics, and free energy and quasi-invariant measures arising in computational physics and dynamic population biology. This presentation shows how mean field particle simulation has revolutionized the field of Monte Carlo integration and stochastic algorithms. It will help theoretical probability researchers, applied statisticians, biologists, statistical physicists, and computer scientists work better across their own disciplinary boundaries.

(This seminar is part of the SSAI AGR Seminar Series, and will be broadcasted from UNSW to other participating institutions via the Access Grid.)


Pierre Del Moral

Research Area

INRIA/École Polytechnique


Fri, 23/08/2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Room 4082, Red Centre, Centre Wing, University of New South Wales (and broadcasted via Access Grid)