Sixth Wellington Workshop in Probability
and Mathematical Statistics

4-6 December 2017


The Sixth Wellington Workshop in Probability and Mathematical Statistics (WWPMS 2017) will be held at the Kelburn campus, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ on 4-6 December 2017, in room LB LT118 (ground floor of Laby building, Lecture Theatre 118). Here is a map of the Kelburn campus (pdf; opens in a new tab), on which Laby building is at grid reference h11. For previous attendees, it may be helpful to note this is the same room we used in 2013 and 2015 for the 4th and 5th WWPMS.

The workshop is dedicated to advances in mathematical theory with an accent on beauty and clarity, rather than technicality. Good explanations of heuristics are very welcome, as well as interesting applications, even if not fully developed mathematically. A large part of all talks should be accessible to postgraduate students.

Further information concerning the workshop, including presentation abstracts, the detailed program and links to almost all the presentations, is available below.

Internet access for visiting Workshop participants is possible through eduroam (education roaming; opens in a new tab), using authentication from your home institution. Alternatively, guests can access the Wi-Fi network at Victoria by following the instructions given here: WWPMS guest Wi-Fi access (pdf; opens in a new tab).

A poster for display purposes is available here: WWPMS 2017 Poster (pdf; opens in a new tab).


Links to almost all presentations are included in the Workshop Proceedings section below.

The general structure of the Sixth Workshop remains as it was previously: all speakers are invited by the Program Committee (see below), all have the same time to present (30 minutes, including time for a few questions) and there are no parallel sessions.

The final program is available here: WWPMS 2017 Program (pdf; opens in a new tab).

Refreshments will be available from 10:30am on both days and the formal welcome by the Victoria Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science, Professor Mike Wilson, is scheduled for 10:50am on Monday 4 December. Talks will start at 11am on both days, with an optional (short but somewhat hilly) walking tour of the Wellington Botanic Garden starting at 9am on Tuesday 5 December.

Please note the Workshop Dinner starts at 7:30pm on Monday 4 December at Fratelli Restaurant, 15 Blair St, Te Aro, Wellington (opens in a new tab). As usual for the Wellington Workshops, participants pay their own expenses at the dinner.

The first day of the Workshop is also a significant birthday for Prof Priscilla Greenwood, so the Workshop Dinner will also be something of a birthday celebration!

All participants will receive a printed copy of the final program at the workshop, along with a full printout of the presentation titles and abstracts (as below).

Workshop Abstracts

Titles and abstracts for the presentations are available here: WWPMS 2017 Titles and Abstracts (pdf; opens in a new tab).

Workshop Proceedings

Proceedings of the Sixth Wellington Workshop in Probability and Mathematical Statistics, 4-6 December 2017, are published online here.

Editor: John Haywood
Wellington, 6 December 2017.

The following people gave presentations; view by clicking on the names below (ordered alphabetically). Files are pdf, or PowerPoint (pptx) in two cases:


The following people were in Wellington at the Workshop. 22 gave presentations (including one poster), with most available in the Proceedings above.
  • Omer Angel, University of British Columbia
  • Richard Arnold, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Andrew Barbour, Universitaet Zuerich
  • Steve Brasell, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Pierre Del Moral, Research Director, INRIA (University of Bordeaux)
  • Marc Ditzhaus, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf
  • Jesse Goodman, University of Auckland
  • Priscilla Greenwood, University of British Columbia
  • David Harte, Statistics Research Associates Ltd, Wellington
  • John Haywood, Victoria University of Wellington, Organising Committee Chair
  • Martin Hazelton, Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Yuichi Hirose, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Mark Holmes, University of Melbourne
  • Adrian Kennedy, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Estate Khmaladze, Victoria University of Wellington, Program Committee Chair
  • Ivy Liu, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Alex Miller, Victoria University of Wellington
  • James Nash, Ministry of Justice, Wellington
  • Thuong Nguyen, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Vladimir Obolonkin, New Zealand Comfort Group, Auckland
  • Andriy Olenko, La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Eldon Paki, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington
  • Spiridon Penev, University of New South Wales
  • Alejandro Ramirez, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago
  • Leigh Roberts, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Peter Rowat, University of California, San Diego
  • Karim Seghouane, University of Melbourne
  • Mike Steel, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • Budhi Surya, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Lawrence Ward, University of British Columbia
  • Nuttanan Wichitaksorn, Auckland University of Technology
  • Sam Winslow, Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Kit Withers, Wellington
  • Nicholas Witte, Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Dong Wu, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington
  • Haizhen Wu, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Wellington
  • Ploi Yibmantasiri, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ilze Ziedins, University of Auckland

Travel and Accommodation

Information for people travelling to Wellington for WWPMS 2017 is available from the following link. Please note this link opens in a new tab:
Travel and Accommodation in Wellington

Matiu/Somes Island Trip

There will be an optional trip to visit Matiu/Somes Island on Wednesday 6 December. We will meet at 9:40am at Queens Wharf to buy tickets for the 10:00am ferry. The ferry ride takes 20 minutes. We will return to the Wellington waterfront on the 12:50pm ferry from Matiu/Somes Island in time for lunch at a local restaurant, Dockside Restaurant & Bar, Shed 3 Queens Wharf, Wellington (opens in a new tab).

Please see further information and a map of the ferry wharf location here: (opens in a new tab).

The following link gives further information about the island and its history: Matiu/Somes Island (opens in a new tab).


Photos from the series of Wellington Workshops are available below. Please note that the links to photos from earlier years will take you away from the website for the current Workshop.


The Program Committee is:
  • Martin Hazelton,
  • Mark Holmes,
  • Estate Khmaladze (Chair),
  • Mike Steel,
  • Ilze Ziedins.

The Organising Committee Chair is John Haywood. Please direct all inquiries concerning local arrangements to

Website and Proceedings Editor: John Haywood.

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