Northwest Probability Seminar 2014

Saturday October 25, 2014

This is the 16th Northwest Probability Seminar, a one-day mini-conference organized by the University of Washington, the Oregon State University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, and the Theory Group at Microsoft Research. This year the conference is being hosted at Microsoft.

Supported by Microsoft Research and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).

The Birnbaum Lecture in Probability will be given by Srinivasa Varadhan (New York University). [Past Birnbaum speakers]

There is no registration fee. Participants are requested to email in advance so that name tags and adequate food may be arranged for. Breakfast, lunch, and coffee will be free.

The talks will take place in Building 99 at Microsoft. Parking at Microsoft is free.

(The Northwest Probability Seminar at Microsoft in 2012.)

Schedule (tentative)

9:00 - 11:15

Coffee and muffins
11:15 - 11:50  talk
12:00 - 12:35  talk
12:40 - 1:40 Lunch (catered)
1:40 - 2:15 Probability demos and open problems
2:20 - 3:15

Birnbaum lecture -- Srinivasa Varadhan

3:25 - 4:00 talk
4:05 - 4:35 Tea and snacks
4:35 - 5:10 talk
6:00 - Dinner (no-host)


On Sunday October 26, weather permitting, there will be a "math hike". 


From the north: Take I-5 south, then I-405 south, then WA-520 east.
From the south: Take I-5 north, then I-405 north, then WA-520 east.
From Seattle: Take WA-520 east.
By airplane: Fly to Seattle's airport, take I-405 north, then WA-520 east.

From WA-520 east, take the 148th Ave NE North exit (this is the second 148th Ave NE exit). Turn right (north) onto 148th Ave NE, proceed a few blocks, and turn right onto NE 36th St. Building 99 will be on the left. The address is 14820 NE 36th St, Redmond, WA 98052-5319. Click here for a map.


Some nearby hotels include

  • Extended Stay America (probably the best choice)
    15805 NE 28th Street
    Bellevue, WA 98008
    (425) 885-6675
  • Silver Cloud Inn
    10621 NE 12th Street
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (800) 205-6937
  • Courtyard Marriott (extremely close)
    14615 NE 29th Place
    Bellevue, WA 98007
    (425) 869-5300
  • Fairfield Inn Marriott (extremely close)
    14595 NE 29th Place
    Bellevue, WA 98007
    (425) 869-6548
  • Residence Inn Marriott-Redmond
    7575 164th Ave NE
    Redmond, WA 98052
    (425) 497-9226
  • Silver Cloud Inn (near the University of Washington in Seattle)
    5036 25th Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (800) 205-6940
  • University Inn (near the University of Washington)
    4140 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (800) 733-3855
  • Watertown (near the University of Washington)
    4242 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (866) 944-4242

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