Pan-American Advanced Study Institute

on Spatio-Temporal Statistics

June 16-26, 2014

Búzios, RJ, Brazil


This Pan-American Advanced Study Institute consists of a summer school with two workshops. The summer school, which will have about 40 participants,  covers a broad range of theoretical and applied areas of spatial and spatio-temporal statistics, with emphasis on climate, air pollution, and ecology. In parallel with the summer school there will be two advanced workshops. The summer school students are expected to also participate in the workshops. One workshop will be dealing with nonstationary covariance structures, and is aiming at a comparison of the various approaches available in the literature. The other workshop covers methods for multivariate spatial statistics. It will be possible to participate only in the workshops, but such participation is by invitation only (contact the organizers if you are interested). There will be opportunity to display posters if there is sufficient interest.

The schedule will leave the afternoons open for outdoor activities, as winter in this part of Brazil generally is quite pleasant.


The registration is now closed.

List of school instructors

Sudipto Banerjee, U. Minnesota, USA
David Bolin, Chalmers U., Sweden
Lelys Bravo de Guenni, Simón Bolívar U., Venezuela
Catherine Calder, Ohio State U., USA
Dan Cooley, Colorado State U., USA
Peter Craigmile, Ohio State U., USA
Charmaine Dean, U. Western Ontario, Canada
Dani Gamerman, UFRJ, Brazil
Peter Guttorp, U. Washington, USA
Jennifer Hoeting, Colorado State U., USA
Mikyoung Jun, Texas A&M, USA
Johan Lindström, Lund U., Sweden
Mathieu Ribatet, U. Montpellier, France
Paulo Ribeiro Jr., UFP, Brazil
Eliane Rodrigues, UNAM, Mexico
Paul Sampson, U. Washington, USA
Bruno Sanso, UCSC, USA
Aila Särkkä, Chalmers U., Sweden
Alexandra Schmidt, UFRJ, Brazil

Description of institute

Summer school

Note: this schedule has been updated

Mo 6/16 Stationary geostatistics
Tu 6/17 Nonstationary methods
We 6/18 Markov random fields
Th 6/19 Spatiotemporal
Fr 6/20 Multivariate

Saturday afternoon through Sunday are open for excursions etc.

Mo 6/23 Extremes
Tu 6/24 Student problems
We 6/25 Point processes
Th 6/26 Misalignment

Workshop on nonstationary covariance models

W 6/18 - Sa 6/21

In most papers in the nonstationary covariance model literature, comparisons are only made to stationary (or even isotropic) models, not to other nonstationary approaches. There is a need for an organized comparison of these models, and an assessment of what models work in what circumstances. Furthermore, few of these models have easily accessible software available, whence a comprehensive software library is needed. The purpose of the workshop is to compare the different methods, develop a library of software, and produce a white paper with recommendations as to what methods are most useful in what situations. Participants in this workshop will have prepared in advance by analyzing a few given data sets using their particular approach. In addition, the method(s) of comparison of the approaches will have been predetermined in discussion between the participants. The workshop will last four days. The first two days will be presentations of results. The third day will be devoted to producing an outline of a paper detailing the comparison of the methods, while the final day will be spent discussing how to set up the software library.

Workshop on multivariate spatial models

M 6/23 - Th 6/26

The intent of this workshop is to make participants aware of different approaches to multivariate spatial models, how to analyze multivariate spatial data, and what software is available or needs to be developed. The goal of the workshop is to produce a white paper on multivariate spatial statistics. Like the other workshop, it will last four days. This will be a more traditional type of workshop, with lectures and discussion groups.


Lelys Bravo de Guenni, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela
Charmaine Dean, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Peter Guttorp, University of Washington, USA
Eliane Rodrigues, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Alexandra Schmidt, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Local organization:
Thaïs Fonseca, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro
Nancy Garcia, UNICAMP, Campinas
Alexandra Schmidt,UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro

Nonstationary covariance models
Peter Guttorp, University of Washington, USA
Wendy Meiring, University of California at Sant Barbara, USA
Paul Sampson, University of Washington, USA
Alexandra Schmidt, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Multivariate spatial models
Will Kleiber, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Eliane Rodrigues, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Local information

Hotel Atlântico Búzios
A hotel registration page is now available. Use the box at the bottom for any special requests. Please do not register directly with the hotel, as you may not be able to get the negotiated rates. Please note prices have been updated November 12, 2013.
Room costs includes registration fee, breakfast and lunch. Daily prices

The cost of rooms is calculated assuming that participants do stay at the hotel. The charge would be higher otherwise, as we would have to pay for conference facilities. Registration fee for those not staying at the conference hotel is 2500 R$.

A bus will transport perticipants from the Rio de Janeiro International Airport to the hotel on June 15, and back on June 27. Note that nationals from some countries (including the US) will need a visa in order to enter Brazil. This can not be obtained at the port of entry, but must be secured in advance. See this site for details.

A boat excursion is planned for Sunday, June 22. Details to be announced.

Information about Búzios.