36th Midwest Probability Colloquium

October 9-11, 2014

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

(color poster)


General Information Travel Accommodations
Financial Support Conference Abstracts Past MPC Research Speakers
Conference Schedule Other Useful Information Past MPC Tutorial Speakers
Online Registration Women in Probability  Mailing List

General Information

The 36th Midwest Probability Colloquium will be held at Northwestern University
on October 9-11, 2014.  

 Tutorial Program (October 9)

      Larry Goldstein (University of Southern California)

Stein's Method: Distributional Approximation and Concentration of Measure, I & II
(abstract) (slides I) (slides II)

  Research Program (October 10-11)

      Davar Khoshnevisan (University of Utah)

             Talk 1: Nonlinear Noise Excitation. Talk 2: Intermittency & Multifractality (abstract) (slides I) (slides II)

      Omer Angel (University of British Columbia)

            Planar Unimodular Graphs  (abstract) (slides)

      Kay Kirkpatrick (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

            Non-normal Asymptotics of Mean-field Spin Models  (abstract) (slides)

      Laurent Saloff-Coste (Cornell University)

Random Walks on Finitely Generated Solvable Groups  (abstract) (slides)


       Scientific Committee  

           Jian Ding         (University of Chicago)
           Tai Melcher       (University of Virginia)
           Cheng Ouyang      (University of Illinois at Chicago)
           Jonathon Peterson (Purdue University)

       Local Organizers 

           Elton Hsu         (Northwestern University)
           Tom Kurtz         (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
           Greg Lawler       (University of Chicago)


	National Science Foundation

	Northwestern University

	University of Chicago

 Women in Probability 

       Women in Probability is an informal organization for women active in probability
research. The primary purpose of this organization is to provide networking and mentoring
opportunities for early career women. Its activities are funded by the NSF.

     Women in Probability will be hosting a brunch at the Midwest Probability Colloquium
on Friday, October 10th at 10am at Le Peep Restaurant (827 Church Street). We will be able
to offset costs for women graduate student and postdoc brunch attendees. Anyone interested
in participating in the brunch should send a message to Professor Tai Melcher

Please visit Northwestern University Travel Guide for general travel information.
Taxi services:

Norshore Cab 1-847-864-7500
303 Taxi 1-800-CALL-303
American Taxi 1-847-272-8000
Call these numbers at the arrival level after you have picked up your checked-in baggage.
Do not take City of Chicago taxis.


We recommend the following local hotels to the participants of the conference.

The demand for local accommodation is very high in general at the time of the conference
and we strongly encourage participants to book their rooms as early as possible.

 a. The Homestead Residence 1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60208  (
The Homestead Residence agrees to block 14 rooms for the conference at the rate of
   $99 per night (group code: Midwest Probability Conference). The cutoff date of September 8.
 b. Best Western University Plaza 1501 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-4416 (847-491-6400)
     Best Western University Plaza agrees to block 10 rooms for the conference at the rate of
   $99 per night (group code: Midwest Probability Conference). The cutoff date of September 8. 
 c. Rodeway Inn 9333 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077 (847-679-4200 )
      Rodeway is 5 miles away from the conference site, about 12 minutes by car. It is recommended 
   for participants who have a car.
 d. The Margarita European Inn 1566 Oak Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 (847-869-2273)
 e. The Hilton Orrington at Evanston 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 (847-455-8667)
      The Hilton Orrington at Evanston agrees to block 10 rooms for the conference at the rate 
   starting from $179 for single occupancy per night (group code: NUMP). 
   The cutoff date is September 12.
 f. North Shore Doubletree 9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie,  IL 60077 (847-679-7000)
The above hotel information is subject to change. For the most recent hotel information 
please visit this website again.
Participants who receive financial support from the conference should pay their hotel bills and submit the receipts for hotel and other expenses together with the Visitor's Expense Report within 30 days for reimbursement up to the amount of the promised financial support.

Financial Support   

We have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to provide financial
assistance to graduate students, younger investigators, and researchers without alternative sources of
financial support for attending the conference. Typically we can supplement travel and lodging
expenses in the $250-$500 range per participant, depending on priority, need, and the number of
requests for financial assistance.

All requests for financial assistance should be sent by email to the local conference organizer
Professor Elton Hsu on or before September 10. In order to receive financial support you must
register online and indicate on the registration form that you would like to receive financial
support. Other factors being equal, the funds will be distributed according to the chronological
order in which the requets are received. Please note that only flights on US flag airlines will be
reimbursed in accordance with NSF regulations.

If you are a current graduate student, you need to confirm you status by asking your academic
adviser to send a brief letter of reference by email to the local organizer Elton Hsu

For reimbursement, mail or email your valid receipts and the Visitor's Expense Report within 30 days to
Reimbursement Processing, Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2033 Sheridan Road,
Evanston, IL 60208.

Other Useful Information

     Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University
    Northwestern University
    City of Chicago


Mailing List
If you want to be on the e-mailing list of the annual Midwest Probability Colloquium at Northwestern
University, please send a message to the MPC e-mailing list coordinator.

This site is constantly updated as new information becomes available.

This website is crreated and maintained by Elton Hsu. (report errors)

Last Updated -- October 6, 2014.