A short course on

Bayesian Nonparametric Mixture Modelling:

Methods and Applications


December 14th and 15th 2009

National University of Ireland, Galway


Presenter: Athanasios Kottas, University of California at Santa Cruz

Co-presenter: Milovan Krnjajić, National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Notes (pdf)




Venue:  National University of Ireland, Galway

              MRA201 Seminar Room

              Annex to Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute

              Map of NUI Galway Campus


10:30—11:00 registration in MRA201


Contact: Mary Kelly (School of Mathematics) 091 492332




Monday December 14, 11:00--13:00  (Morning Session I)

Motivation for Bayesian nonparametric modeling. General approaches for

construction of nonparametric priors. Dirichlet process (DP) priors and

mixtures of DP priors: definitions, properties, and methods. Applications

to Bayesian bio-assay (dose-response) modeling.



Monday December 14, 14:00--17:00  -- (Afternoon Session I)

Dirichlet process mixture models: definitions, examples, methods for

posterior inference and prediction. Connections with finite mixture models.



Tuesday December 15, 9:00--12:00  (Morning Session II)

Applications of DP mixture models: density estimation, nonparametric curve

fitting, quantile regression, survival analysis, multivariate ordinal data




Tuesday December 15, 14:00--17:00  (Afternoon Session II)

Applications of DP mixture models (continued): Receiver Operating

Characteristic (ROC) data analysis, inference for temporal and spatial

Poisson processes. Overview of extensions of DP priors and DP mixture

models: dependent DP priors, hierarchical DP mixtures, nested DP priors,

spatial DP prior models.




To register please send an email to milovan [dot] krnjajic [at] nuigalway [dot] ie

with the subject line “Registration, Bayesian course 2009”

and the following information in the body of the message:


(1)   Name

(2)   Affiliation

(3)   Department

(4)   Address

(5)   Email Address

(6) Indicate if you are 

(a) PhD student

(b) postdoc

(c) lecturer

                        (d) other


Please make every effort to register (by e-mail) by 10-Dec-2009.


The registration fee is €40 for ISA Members and €50 for non members (tea/coffee included).

The fee is payable on the first day of the course. If paying cash please bring the correct amount.

If paying by a cheque please make it payable to the NUI Galway, School of Mathematics,

with the memo: Bayesian course 2009.


If you are a student or a postdoc please read ISA Travel Grants for the Course


Here is the info on travel and accommodation



Organized by John Hinde and Milovan Krnjajić