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Mixture Models

Mixture models experience sustainable popularity over recent years. Not only that they are natural models to adjust for unobserved or latent heterogeneity, they are fundamental cornerstones in many areas in statistics such as smoothing, empirical Bayes, likelihood based clustering, or latent variable analysis among others. As semi-parametric models they combine par excellence the compromise in the trade-off between imposed model structure and freedom in model adaptation to the data. However, mixture models experience a number of difficulties. The likelihood may not be bounded, and, even if it were, the global maximum might not be a good choice. Algorithmic solutions are nearly almost required and algorithms such as the EM algoirthm is experiencing numerous problems such as the choice of initial values or using an adequate stopping rule. The number of components problem and model selection add one more to the many areas of interest. Diverse application areas such as capture-rapture approaches or clustering of gene expression data have been added to numerous existing application areas such as disease mapping or meta-analysis. The track is primarily devoted to these newly emerging issues.

Co-Chairs
John Hinde, NUI Galway, Ireland.
Geoff McLachlan, University of Queensland, Australia.
Paul McNicholas, University of Guelph, Canada.
Members
  1. Alaa Abdel-Hamid, Beni-Suef, Egypt.
  2. Toshihiro Abe, Nanzan University, Japan.
  3. Marco Alfo, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
  4. Christophe Ambroise, UMR CNRS LaMME, France.
  5. Laura Anderlucci, University of Bologna, Italy.
  6. Jeffrey Andrews, University of British Columbia, Canada.
  7. Jonathan Ansell, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  8. Olcay Arslan, Ankara University, Turkey.
  9. Sanjib Basu, Northern Illinois University, United States.
  10. Fatima Batool, University College London, United Kingdom.
  11. Jean-Patrick Baudry, UPMC, France.
  12. Frederique Bec, THEMA University of Cergy-Pontoise and CREST, France.
  13. Patrice Bertrand, Universite Paris-Dauphine, France.
  14. Christophe Biernacki, Inria, France.
  15. Annibale Biggeri, University of Florence, Italy.
  16. Christopher M. Bishop, Micrisoft Research Cambridge, UK.
  17. Dankmar Boehning, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  18. Danilo Bolano, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  19. Alexis Boukouvalas, Aston University, United Kingdom.
  20. Charles Bouveyron, University Paris Descartes, France.
  21. Daniela Calo, University of Bologna, Italy.
  22. Gilles Celeux, Universite Paris-Sud, France.
  23. Gilles Celeux, INRIA, France.
  24. Subrata Chakraborty, Dibrugarh University, India.
  25. Antoine Chambaz, Universite Paris 5 Rene Descartes, France.
  26. Faicel Chamroukhi, University of Toulon, France.
  27. Boris Choy, University of Sydney, Australia.
  28. Stephane Chretien, Universite de Franche Comte, France.
  29. Gabriela Ciuperca, University Lyon-I, France.
  30. Roberto Colombi, Universita di Bergamo, Italy.
  31. Marc Comas-Cufi, Universitat de Girona, Spain.
  32. Etienne Come, IFSTTAR, France.
  33. Pietro Coretto, Universita di Salerno, Italy.
  34. Jonathan Crook, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  35. Joan del Castillo, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  36. Marco Di Zio, ISTAT, Italy.
  37. Jochen Einbeck, Durham University, United Kingdom.
  38. Mohammed El Hassouni, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.
  39. yanan fan, University of New South Wales, Australia.
  40. Alessio Farcomeni, Sapienza - University of Rome, Italy.
  41. Daniel Fernandez, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  42. Michael Fop, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  43. Florence Forbes, INRIA, France.
  44. Antonio Forcina, University of Perugia, Italy.
  45. Brian Francis, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
  46. Herwig Friedl, Graz University of Technology, Austria.
  47. Sylvia Fruhwirth-Schnatter, WU Vienna, Austria.
  48. Margarida G M S Cardoso, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa-Business Research Unit-Lisboa, Portugal.
  49. Giuliano Galimberti, University of Bologna, Italy.
  50. Melina Gallopin, Universite Paris Sud, France.
  51. Marco Gambacciani, University of Zurich and Swiss Financial Institute, Switzerland.
  52. Luis Angel Garcia-Escudero, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain.
  53. Bernard Garel, Institute National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France.
  54. Elisabeth Gassiat, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.
  55. Isabella Gollini, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
  56. Ana Gomez-Loscos, Bank of Spain, Spain.
  57. Alfonso Gordaliza, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain.
  58. Gerard Govaert, Universite de Technologie Compiegne, France.
  59. Clara Grazian, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy.
  60. Francesca Greselin, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy.
  61. Bettina Gruen, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  62. Yann Guedon, CIRAD, Montpellier, France.
  63. Solomon Harrar, University of Kentucky, United States.
  64. Brianna Heggeseth, Williams College, United States.
  65. Christian Hennig, UCL, United Kingdom.
  66. John Hinde, NUI Galway, Ireland.
  67. Heinz Holling, Univeristy of Munster, Germany.
  68. Marcus Hudec, University of Vienna, Austria.
  69. Maria Iannario, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
  70. Salvatore Ingrassia, University of Catania, Italy.
  71. Neslihan Iyit, Selcuk University Science Faculty, Turkey.
  72. Julien Jacques, University Lyon II, France.
  73. Julie Josse, Agrocampus, France.
  74. Julie Josse, Agrocampus Ouest, France.
  75. Kaniav Kamary, Universite Paris-Dauphine, France.
  76. Dimitris Karlis, RC Athens University of Economics \& Business, Greece.
  77. Christine Keribin, INRIA - Universite Paris-Sud, France.
  78. Abbas Khalili, McGill University, Canada.
  79. Ioannis Kosmidis, University College London, United Kingdom.
  80. Ronny Kuhnert, Robert-Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany.
  81. Ercan Engin Kuruoglu, ISTI-CNR, Italy.
  82. Prabhani Kuruppumullage Don, Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, United States.
  83. Minjung Kyung, Duksung Womens University, Korea, South.
  84. Victor Hugo Lachos Davila, UNICAMP, Brazil.
  85. Francesco Lagona, University Roma Tre, Italy.
  86. Juhee Lee, University of California Santa Cruz, United States.
  87. Kate Lee, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
  88. Friedrich Leisch, Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Vienna, Austria.
  89. Tsung-I Lin, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.
  90. Chang-Yun Lin, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.
  91. Scaccia Luisa, University of Macerata, Italy.
  92. Marco Johannes Maier, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.
  93. Ranjan Maitra, Iowa State University, United States.
  94. Brandon Malone, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany.
  95. Jean-Michel Marin, University Montpellier, France.
  96. Francesca Martella, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  97. Josep Antoni Martin-Fernandez, University of Girona, Spain.
  98. Marie-Jose Martinez, University of Grenoble, France.
  99. Rui Martins, Egas Moniz Health School, Portugal.
  100. Peter Martus, Institute for Medical Biometry, Charite Berlin, Germany.
  101. Antonello Maruotti, Universita di Roma Tre - University of Southampton, Italy.
  102. Antonello Maruotti, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  103. Agustin Mayo-Iscar, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain.
  104. Clare McGrory, University of Queensland, Australia.
  105. Geoffrey McLachlan, University of Queensland, Australia.
  106. Paul McNicholas, University of Guelph, Canada.
  107. Paul McNicholas, McMaster University, Canada.
  108. Michel Meulders, KU Leuven, Belgium.
  109. Cristina Mollica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy.
  110. Angela Montanari, Alma mater studiorum-Universita di Bologna, Italy.
  111. Gianna Monti, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
  112. Paula Murray, University of Guelph, Canada.
  113. Hien Nguyen, University of Queensland, Australia.
  114. Luciano Nieddu, Libera Universita degli Studi San Pio V, Rome, Italy.
  115. Tapio Nummi, University of Tampere, Finland.
  116. Tomoya Okubo, The National Center for University Entarance Examinations, Japan.
  117. Maria Oliveira, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  118. Latifa Oukhellou, Paris Est University Ifsttar, France.
  119. Francesco Palumbo, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
  120. Qing Pan, George Washington University, United States.
  121. Junhao Pan, Sun Yat-sen University, China.
  122. Valentin Patilea, CREST-ENSAI, France.
  123. Eva Petkova, New York University, United States.
  124. Denys Pommeret, Universite de la Mediteranee Aix-Marseille II, France.
  125. Antonio Punzo, University of Catania, Italy.
  126. Lianfen Qian, Florida Atlantic University, United States.
  127. Monia Ranalli, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  128. Surajit Ray, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  129. Roberto Rocci, University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.
  130. Guillaume Saint-Pierre, INRIA Futurs, France.
  131. Nicolas Savy, Toulouse Institute of Mathematics, France.
  132. Peter Schlattmann, University of Jena, Germany.
  133. Mohammed Sedki, Paris-Sud university, Inserm, Pasteur, UVSQ, France.
  134. Krunoslav Sever, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany.
  135. Anjali Silva, University of Guelph, Canada.
  136. Claudia Silvestre, Escola superior de Comunicacao Social, Portugal.
  137. Peter M. Steiner, University of Wisconsin, Madison, .
  138. Luca Tardella, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  139. Thaddeus Tarpey, Wright State University, United States.
  140. Patricia Tencaliec, Universite Grenoble Alpes, France.
  141. Michael Titterington, University of Glasgow, UK.
  142. Cristina Tortora, University of Guelph, Canada.
  143. Minh-Ngoc Tran, University of Sydney, Australia.
  144. Luzia Trinca, Unesp, Brazil.
  145. Sara van de Geer, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  146. David van Dyk, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
  147. David van Dyk, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
  148. Vincent Vandewalle, Inria, France.
  149. Jeroen Vermunt, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
  150. Donatella Vicari, Sapienza University, Italy.
  151. Maurizio Vichi, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
  152. Cinzia Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy.
  153. Wan-Lun Wang, Feng Chia University, Taiwan.
  154. Zheyu Wang, Johns Hopkins University, United States.
  155. Arthur White, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
  156. Paul Wilson, University Of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
  157. Liming Xiang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  158. Lingzhou Xue, Penn State University, United States.
  159. Ying Zhu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  160. Piotr Zwiernik, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.