ANNOUNCEMENT          SCHEDULE          SPEAKERS          *RSVP*



Third APrOC

Second APrOC


Saturday December 1, 2012

Math Dept, University of Athens



We wish to thank all the participants for making the meeting so successful, and the speakers for their wonderful presentations. Some pictures from the three talks can be found here.



This one-day event, centered around three top-quality talks in probability and its interface with other active areas of current research activity, aims to bring together all near-Athens-based researchers in probability and related areas of mathematics and applications.


All interested faculty, post-docs and students are welcome and are encouraged to attend


The talks are intended for a general (math/stat) audience and will be accessible to students without particular expertise in the specific areas of the topics discussed. Also, there will be ample time for free interaction and discussion between the participants.


[back to top]




All talks will take place in room Γ31, on the 3rd floor of the Mathematics Dept building on the University of Athens campus [map]. A collection of campus maps together with information on how to get there can be found here.


On Saturday, December 1, 2012



Bálint Virág

Operator limits of random matrices


coffee break

coffee break


Nikolaos Fountoulakis

Bootstrap percolation on inhomogeneous random graphs





  Omiros  Papaspiliopoulos

Simulating events of unknown probabilities via reverse time martingales


After the last talk, there will be another coffee break to wrap up, get yet another chance to chat and say goodbye.


[Arrangements for coffee and lunch will be made locally by the organizers.]


[back to top]





Bálint Virág (born 1973) is a Hungarian mathematician working in Canada, known for his work in probability theory, particularly determinantal processes, random matrix theory, and random walks and other probabilistic questions on groups. He received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2000, under the direction of Yuval Peres, and was a post-doc at MIT. Since 2003 he has been a Canada research chair at the University of Toronto. Virág was awarded a Sloan Fellowship (2004), the Rollo Davidson Prize (2008), and the Coxeter–James Prize (2010). [from Wikipedia]


Nikolaos Fountoulakis obtained his first degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras in 1999 and continued his studies at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, where on 2003 he obtained the degree of the Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) under the supervision of Colin McDiarmid.  He has held research posititions at McGill University (Montréal, Canada) as well as at the Max Planck Institue for Informatics (Saarbruecken, Germany).  He joined the School of Mathematics of the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) in 2011, as a lecturer in pure mathematics. His research interests cover probability theory and combinatorics as well as their applications to computer science.


Omiros  Papaspiliopoulos graduated from the Department of Statistics of AUEB and did a PhD at Lancaster University, UK, under the supervision of Gareth Roberts. He is currently ICREA Research Professor based at the Department of Economics at UPF, Barcelona. Prior to this he was Assistant Professor at Warwick University. His main areas of research are high (or infinite) dimensional Bayesian analysis, simulation of stochastic processes, and development and theoretical analysis of Monte Carlo algorithms. In 2010 he received the Guy Medal in Bronze by the Royal Statistical Society.


[back to top]





There is NO registration fee and everyone interested is welcome to participate. But we ask, for planning purposes, that you please let us know that you plan to attend by sending an email to one of the three organizers


Dimitris Cheliotis (ΕΚΠΑ)

Ioannis Kontoyiannis (ΟΠΑ)

Michalis Loulakis (ΕΜΠ)


or, preferably, to:


[back to top]