Award, Seminars

Doctor Honoris Causa in Data Sciences at UCL, May 18th, 2017

Professor Vincent Blondel, Rector of the Université catholique de Louvain,
Louvain School of Engineering (EPL),
Faculty of Science,
Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM),
Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Sciences (ISBA -IMMAQ)

will be honoured to welcome you to the ceremony for awarding the title of Doctor honoris causa
to Stephen Boyd, Professor of electrical engineering, Stanford University (*)
and Peter Bühlmann, Professor of mathematics, ETH Zürich (**)
for their achievements in the field of « Data Sciences »

Auditorium BARB 94


  • 08:30 am    |    Welcome
  • 09:00 am    |    Introduction to the workshop on «Data sciences»
  • 09:10 am    |    Optimisation, networks and machine learning (F. Glineur, UCL – J.-C. Delvenne, UCL – P. Dupont, UCL)
  • 10:25 am    |    Coffee break
  • 10:45 am    |    Statistics and spatial geography (B. Govaerts, UCL and I. Thomas, UCL)
  • 11:30 am    |    Round table (Moderator: Michel Verleysen, UCL)
  • 12:00 pm    |    Lunch
  • 2:00 pm      |    Presentation by Stephen Boyd, Stanford University « Convex Optimization »
  • 3:00 pm      |    Presentation by Peter Bühlmann,ETH Zürich « The Statistics-
    “Machine” in Data Science »
  • 4:30 pm      |    Doctor Honoris Causa ceremony
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Drink (Hall Sainte Barbe)

The ceremony will be held on 18th May 2017 in the Auditorium BARB 94 – Place Sainte Barbe, 1 – 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve. Recommended parking : Baudouin 1er

All professors are invited to wear their gown / The cortege will depart from the « décanat EPL » Rue Archimède, 1 at 4:15 pm.

Registration is free but compulsory. Please register by completing the registration form. / Registration deadline: April 25, 2017

Professor Michel Verleysen
Dean of Louvain School of Engineering

Ecole polytechnique de Louvain
Rue Archimède,1 bte L6.11.01 B-1348-Louvain-la-Neuve
Tél. 32 (10)47.29.46 – Fax 32 (10)47.24.66

(*) Stephen Boyd is Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He received the A.B. degree in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1980, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985, and then joined the faculty at Stanford.
His current research focus is on convex optimization applications in control, signal processing, machine learning, and finance. He is the author of numerous highly cited research articles, three books, and several open-source tools.
Stephen Boyd is a Fellow of the IEEE, SIAM, and INFORMS, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received many awards for his teaching and research, including the IEEE Control Systems Award, the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal and the Mathematical Optimization Society’s Beale-Orchard-Hays Award.

(**) Peter Bühlmann is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and currently Chair of the Department of Mathematics at ETH Zürich.
He received his doctoral degree in mathematics in 1993 from ETH Zürich. After having spent three years at UC Berkeley, he returned to ETH Zürich in 1997.
His main research interests are in high-dimensional and computational statistics, machine learning, causal inference and applications in the bio-medical field. He has been a highly cited researcher in mathematics in the last few years.
Peter Bühlmann is Fellow of the IMS, the ASA and recipient of several awards including the Winton Research Prize. He served as Co-Editor of the prestigious Annals of Statistics during 2010-2012 and has guided 29 doctoral students to date.