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Indications for the participants to access the tutorials

Tutorials will take place on Friday the 18th of December 2020. The programme is below. Please follow the indications to access the virtual room:

  1. Read carefully the technical requirements and the general information that you will find in the virtual area section of this webpage before entering the virtual room. Accessing this conference implies to accept the conditions.
  2. Log in the registration tool and keep your session open. Only registered participants with a session open in the same browser will be able to access to the virtual tutorials.
  3. Log in Zoom with the user email, name and surname you have for the conference. The conference staff will check your registration to allow you to access the room.
  4. Click on the corresponding link below, and once you are redirected to Zoom, type the Zoom password that you can find on the registration tool.
  5. If you are not registered for the conference, or you are not logged in the registration and submission tool, you will get an error and will be requested to do that. Once you are logged in, please return to the web page that gave the error and refresh it. You can also return to the tutorial page and click on the event you wish to attend.
  6. Keep your micro and video off except to make questions when the speaker allows it. When you wish to make a question, use the option “raise your hand” (see below). You can also type your question in the chat which is in your controls at the bottom window for the speaker to read if you prefer.
  7. To raise your hand, click on the icon labeled "Participants" at the bottom center of your computer or phone screen. At the bottom of the Participants window, click the button labeled "Raise Hand". When the speaker passes the floor to you, please switch on your micro and video to make your question.
  8. If you receive any unwanted message through the chat or observe any inappropriate behaviour, please report to the “Angel” of the room (a member of the conference staff that you will identify by the name "Angel" followed by a number).

Programme - Friday, 18th of December 2020
  • Virtual Tutorial 1: 9:00-13:30

    Title: Forecasting after breaks
    Prof. Sir David Hendry, and Dr Jennifer L. Castle, University of Oxford, UK.
    Email: Contact

    This virtual tutorial will explain the theory and practice of forecasting when facing a nonstationary and evolving world, where the model differs from the data generation process (DGP). It covers the main sources of forecast error and explains how to produce forecasts following structural breaks, discussing how to robustify forecasts when there are shifts in distributions. Applications to empirical time series will demonstrate the approach. The OxMetrics software package will be used for the empirical applications.

    Timetable, description of the sessions and bibliography can be found here.

  • Virtual Tutorial 2: 15:00-19:30

    Title: Bayesian modeling of brain imaging data
    Prof. Michele Guindani, University of California, Irvine, USA.
    Email: Contact

  • Statistical methods play a crucial role in understanding and analyzing brain-imaging data. Bayesian approaches, in particular, have shown great promise in applications. A remarkable feature of Bayesian approaches is that they allow a flexible modeling of spatial and temporal correlations in the data. We will focus on the analysis and challenges provided by the use of fMRI data, although we will provide a quick review of some other common data types (e.g., EEG, PET/MRI, DTI). We will provide a general overview of the most relevant Bayesian modeling approaches developed in recent years, both from our group and others. We will divide methods according to the objective of the analysis. In particular, we will discuss spatio-temporal models for fMRI data that detect task-related activation patterns. We will also address the very important problem of estimating brain connectivity and touch upon methods that focus on making predictions of an individual's brain activity or a clinical or behavioral response. We also briefly discuss the emerging field of imaging genetics.