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Seminar on Stochastic Processes 2020

Conference Dates:

Main Conference: March 5-7, 2020
Tutorial Lectures: March 4, 2020

Conference Venue:

The Breslin Student Event Center
534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

Kai-Lai Chung Lecture:

Martin Barlow (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Invited Speakers:

Ioana Dumitriu (University of California, San Diego)
Martina Hofmanová (Universität Bielefeld, Germany)
Firas Rassoul-Agha, (University of Utah)
Samy Tindel (Purdue University, Indiana)

Tutorial Lectures:

On Wednesday, March 4th, there will be two 90-minute tutorials by René Carmona (Princeton University)


Wednesday, March 4

1:00 - 1:30 Check In
1:30 - 3:00 Tutorial Lecture by René Carmona (Princeton University)
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00 Tutorial Lecture by René Carmona (Princeton University)
5:45 - 8:30 Women in Probability Dinner

Thursday, March 5

9:00 - 9:20 Check In
9:20 - 9:30 Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:30 Kai Lai Chung Lecture: Martin Barlow (University of British Columbia, Canada)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Five-minute talks by poster presenters
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Panel Discussion for Beginning Researchers
3:00 - 3:50 Open Problem Session
3:50 - 4:00 Group Photo
4:00 - 4:30 Coffee Break
4:30 - 6:00 Poster Session

Friday, March 6

9:30 - 10:30  Ioana Dumitriu (University of California, San Diego)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Five-minute talks by poster presenters
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00  Firas Rassoul-Agha (University of Utah)
3:00 - 4:00 Free time/Tentative Open Problem Session
4:00 - 4:30 Coffee Break
4:30 - 6:00 Poster Session

Saturday, March 7

9:30 - 10:30 Martina Hofmanová (Universität Bielefeld, Germany)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Samy Tindel (Purdue University)


Click here for registration form and requests for travel funding


Women in Probability Dinner:

Women in Probability is an organization for women active in probability research. Our primary purpose is to provide networking and mentoring opportunities for early career women. Our activities are funded by the NSF. For more information on Women in Probability and its activities, please visit our website: http://womeninprobability.org.
We will be hosting a dinner on March 4 at the 2020 Seminar on Stochastic Processes. These events are a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to interact with more senior researchers. If you’re interested in participating in the dinner should please email Tai Melcher (melcher@virginia.edu).


Shlomo Levental
Lyudmila Sakhanenko
Jeffrey Schenker
Yimin Xiao

Travel Information:

The closest airport is Lansing Capital Region International Airport (LAN). 

One may also fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport  (DTW) and then take a Michigan Flyer bus to East Lansing (the duration is about 1 hour 50 minutes). The bus stop is by Marriott Hotel in downtown East Lansing.
For Michigan Flyer schedule and tickets, please see https://www.michiganflyer.com

For transportation from LAN or Michigan Flyer bus-stop to your hotel:

  • If you are staying at Kellogg Center or Candlewood Suites, you may contact their front desk to arrange a shuttle to pick you up from the Lansing Airport or the bus in downtown East Lansing.
  • You may use Uber or a taxi.  Here are some taxi companies:



We have reserved room blocks and rates at the following hotels:
Rooms must be booked by 2/4/2020.

For supported student participants, the default option is to share a hotel room with two beds and one bathroom. Supported students who prefer not to share a room will be responsible to cover half of the room charges on their own.

If a student needs help to find a roommate, please contact spauld47@msu.edu.

Financial Support for Participants:

This conference is being supported with funds from the National Science Foundation. Graduate students, early-career researchers, women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applications received by January 20, 2020 will receive first consideration. Decisions concerning support will be made by February 10, 2020. 

Long-Term Members of the Scientific Committee:

Louigi Addario-Berry (McGill University)
Amarjit Budhiraja (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Krzysztof Burdzy (University of Washington)
René Carmona (Princeton University)
Sandra Cerrai (University of Maryland)

Steven N. Evans (University of California at Berkeley)
Davar Khoshnevisan (University of Utah)
Kavita Ramanan (Brown University)
Frederi Viens (Michigan State University)
Ruth Williams (University of California at San Diego)


Permanent SSP Website


We are grateful to the family of Kai-Lai Chung and the following institutions for their generous support:
National Science FoundationMSU Department of Statistics and Probability