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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
Salvatore Ingrassia, University of Catania, Italy.
Tsung-I Lin, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.
Geoff McLachlan, University of Queensland, Australia.
Members
  1. Toshihiro Abe, Nanzan University, Japan.
  2. Marco Alfo, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
  3. Christophe Ambroise, UMR CNRS LaMME, France.
  4. Laura Anderlucci, University of Bologna, Italy.
  5. Jeffrey Andrews, University of British Columbia, Canada.
  6. Sanjib Basu, Northern Illinois University, United States.
  7. Fatima Batool, University College London, United Kingdom.
  8. Jean-Patrick Baudry, UPMC, France.
  9. Frederique Bec, THEMA University of Cergy-Pontoise and CREST, France.
  10. Patrice Bertrand, Universite Paris-Dauphine, France.
  11. Christophe Biernacki, Inria, France.
  12. Christopher M. Bishop, Micrisoft Research Cambridge, UK.
  13. Dankmar Boehning, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  14. Danilo Bolano, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  15. Charles Bouveyron, University Paris Descartes, France.
  16. Daniela Calo, University of Bologna, Italy.
  17. Gilles Celeux, INRIA, France.
  18. Subrata Chakraborty, Dibrugarh University, India.
  19. Antoine Chambaz, Universite Paris 5 Rene Descartes, France.
  20. Faicel Chamroukhi, University of Toulon, France.
  21. Boris Choy, University of Sydney, Australia.
  22. Marc Comas-Cufi, Universitat de Girona, Spain.
  23. Etienne Come, IFSTTAR, France.
  24. Pietro Coretto, University of Salerno, Italy.
  25. Jonathan Crook, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  26. Joan del Castillo, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  27. Marco Di Zio, ISTAT, Italy.
  28. Alessio Farcomeni, Sapienza - University of Rome, Italy.
  29. Daniel Fernandez, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  30. Michael Fop, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  31. Brian Francis, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
  32. Herwig Friedl, Graz University of Technology, Austria.
  33. Sylvia Fruhwirth-Schnatter, WU Vienna, Austria.
  34. Giuliano Galimberti, University of Bologna, Italy.
  35. Melina Gallopin, Universite Paris Sud, France.
  36. Marco Gambacciani, University of Zurich and Swiss Financial Institute, Switzerland.
  37. Bernard Garel, Institute National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France.
  38. Elisabeth Gassiat, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.
  39. Isabella Gollini, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  40. Alfonso Gordaliza, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain.
  41. Gerard Govaert, Universite de Technologie Compiegne, France.
  42. Clara Grazian, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
  43. Francesca Greselin, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy.
  44. Bettina Gruen, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria.
  45. Yann Guedon, CIRAD, Montpellier, France.
  46. Solomon Harrar, University of Kentucky, United States.
  47. Brianna Heggeseth, Williams College, United States.
  48. Christian Hennig, UCL, United Kingdom.
  49. John Hinde, NUI Galway, Ireland.
  50. Heinz Holling, Univeristy of Munster, Germany.
  51. Marcus Hudec, University of Vienna, Austria.
  52. Maria Iannario, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
  53. Salvatore Ingrassia, University of Catania, Italy.
  54. Neslihan Iyit, Selcuk University Science Faculty, Turkey.
  55. Julien Jacques, University Lyon II, France.
  56. Julie Josse, Agrocampus Ouest, France.
  57. Zakiah Kalantan, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia.
  58. Christine Keribin, INRIA - Paris-Saclay University, France.
  59. Abbas Khalili, McGill University, Canada.
  60. Ronny Kuhnert, Robert-Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany.
  61. Prabhani Kuruppumullage Don, Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, United States.
  62. Francesco Lagona, University Roma Tre, Italy.
  63. Juhee Lee, University of California Santa Cruz, United States.
  64. Friedrich Leisch, Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Vienna, Austria.
  65. Tsung-I Lin, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.
  66. Theodor Loots, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  67. Scaccia Luisa, University of Macerata, Italy.
  68. Ranjan Maitra, Iowa State University, United States.
  69. Francesca Martella, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  70. Jose Antonio Martin-Fernandez, Universitat de Girona, Spain.
  71. Marie-Jose Martinez, University of Grenoble, France.
  72. Rui Martins, Egas Moniz Health School, Portugal.
  73. Peter Martus, Institute for Medical Biometry, Charite Berlin, Germany.
  74. Antonello Maruotti, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  75. Clare McGrory, University of Queensland, Australia.
  76. Geoffrey McLachlan, University of Queensland, Australia.
  77. Paul McNicholas, McMaster University, Canada.
  78. Michel Meulders, KU Leuven, Belgium.
  79. Sonia Migliorati, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy.
  80. Angela Montanari, Alma mater studiorum-Universita di Bologna, Italy.
  81. Gianna Monti, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
  82. Paula Murray, University of Guelph, Canada.
  83. Hien Nguyen, University of Queensland, Australia.
  84. Luciano Nieddu, Libera Universita degli Studi San Pio V, Rome, Italy.
  85. Tomoya Okubo, The National Center for University Entarance Examinations, Japan.
  86. Francesco Palumbo, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
  87. Qing Pan, George Washington University, United States.
  88. Junhao Pan, Sun Yat-sen University, China.
  89. Eva Petkova, New York University, United States.
  90. Denys Pommeret, Universite de la Mediteranee Aix-Marseille II, France.
  91. Antonio Punzo, University of Catania, Italy.
  92. Lianfen Qian, Florida Atlantic University, United States.
  93. Monia Ranalli, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  94. Roberto Rocci, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
  95. Guillaume Saint-Pierre, INRIA Futurs, France.
  96. Peter Schlattmann, University of Jena, Germany.
  97. Mohammed Sedki, Paris-Sud University, Inserm, Pasteur, UVSQ, France.
  98. Krunoslav Sever, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany.
  99. Claudia Silvestre, Escola superior de Comunicacao Social, Portugal.
  100. Gabriele Soffritti, University of Bologna, Italy.
  101. Varun Sood, NISCAIR, India.
  102. Peter M. Steiner, University of Wisconsin, Madison, .
  103. Yang Tang, McMaster University, Canada.
  104. Thaddeus Tarpey, Wright State University, United States.
  105. Michael Titterington, University of Glasgow, UK.
  106. Cristina Tortora, University of Guelph, Canada.
  107. Luzia Trinca, Unesp, Brazil.
  108. Sara van de Geer, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  109. Vincent Vandewalle, Inria, France.
  110. Jeroen Vermunt, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
  111. Donatella Vicari, Sapienza University, Italy.
  112. Maurizio Vichi, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
  113. Cinzia Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy.
  114. Wan-Lun Wang, Feng Chia University, Taiwan.
  115. Arthur White, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
  116. Paul Wilson, University Of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
  117. Liming Xiang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  118. Lingzhou Xue, Penn State University, United States.
  119. Piotr Zwiernik, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.