Keynote Speakers

Prof. Carlos A. Braumann
University of Évora, Portugal

Carlos A. Braumann is Professor at the University of Évora (UE), Portugal, where he has been Vice-Rector in 1987-94 and Rector in 2010-14. He is also an institutional evaluation expert for A3ES (the Portuguese Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education). His publications are mostly on Stochastic Differential Equations and its applications in several areas (population dynamics, fisheries, animal growth, demography, finance). He got his Ph.D. in 1979 at the Stony Brook University and his habilitation in Stochastic Processes at the UE in 1988. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute since 1992, a former President of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (2009-12) and of the Portuguese Statistical Society (2006-09 and 2009-12), and a former member of the European Regional Committee of the Bernoulli Society (2008-12).

Assoc. Prof. Alexander Plakhov
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Alexander Plakhov is Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and Leading Researcher (without pay) at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russia. His research interests focus on dynamical systems, optimization, billiards, optimal mass transport, Newton’s problem of minimal resistance, Kakeya problem, and classical geometry. Possible applications of his research include invisibility, retroreflectors, and aerodynamics of highly rarefied media. He got his Ph.D. in 1986 at the Moscow State University and his habilitation at the University of Aveiro. Alexander Plakhov was supervisor of the research projects PTDC/MAT/72840/2006 (2007 – 2010, Portugal) and PTDC/MAT/113470/2009 (2011 – 2013, Portugal) and is now a co-supervisor of the Royal Society International Exchanges Award IE160503 (2016 – 2018, UK). He is a member of the research group Optimization, Graph Theory and Combinatorics at CIDMA (Center for Research & Development in Mathematics and Applications) at the University of Aveiro.


Invited Speakers

Assist. Prof. Sandra S. Ferreira
University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Sandra S. Ferreira is Assistant Professor at the University of Beira Interior (UE), Portugal. Her publications and current research interests focus on statistical inference for estimable functions and variance components, in linear mixed models with commutative orthogonal block structure (COBS). She completed her Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of Beira Interior, where she teaches courses in basic statistics, quantitative methods, hierarchical linear models and multivariate analysis. She is member of the working group (WG) CMStatistics (this WG focuses on all computational and methodological aspects of statistics) and member of IEOM Society and serves as an editorial board member of several journals.