The UTas Theoretical Phylogenetics Meeting
29-30 Oct 2009School of Maths and Physics, University of Tasmania
Organized by: Peter Jarvis and Jeremy Sumner
Phylogenetics is concerned with the problem of reconstructing the past evolutionary history of extant organisms from present day molecular data such as DNA. Currently, there is much interest in further development of the mathematics that underlies computational phylogenetic methods. Hidden from view, in the software packages used by biologists, are algorithms performing statistical inference using Markov models on binary trees. The mathematics involved represents a wonderful confluence of stochastic methods and probability theory (Markov chain models), discrete mathematics (combinatorics of tree space), statistical inference (maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods) and, more recently, methods taken from algebraic geometry and the representation theory of finite and infinite (Lie) groups. The later methods fall under the heading of the emerging field of "algebraic statistics". There are many important theoretical problems that arise, such as statistical identifiability of models, consistency and convergence of methods. These problems can only be solved using a multi-disciplinary approach. This meeting will bring together leading bio-mathematicians in this area, with the aim to attack some of the more pressing problems.
Registration cost is $90 with a reduced rate of $70 for AustMS members and $20 for students. Email Jeremy directly to register for the meeting.Talk or a poster?
There are limited slots for speakers, but if you miss out don't despair as we will also provide space and time for posters and a Q&A session. When you register please let us know if you would like to give a talk or present a poster.Support for outstanding student/postdocs
We will waive the registration fee and provide accommodation (in a backpackers) for a limited number of students or post-docs who may or may not also be giving a talk (or poster). These places will decided on merit; simply email Jeremy a CV and short description of why you would like to come.Local information
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Last modified September 2009 by Jeremy Sumner.
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