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MATTER Conference

Multivariate Analysis Today: Topical Expository Reviews

MATTER: a one-day meeting: Monday, 18 May 2015

Venue: Berrill Building, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

Scientific Organisers: Frank Critchley (OU), Bing Li (Penn State), Hannu Oja (Turku)

Local Organisers: Sara Griffin, Tracy Johns, Radka Sabolova, Germain Van Bever

Multivariate analysis today is undergoing radical transformation, driven by pressing problems in newly emerging fields. The shape and sheer size of data sets routinely requiring analysis differ dramatically from what was, until recently, the norm.

To meet the fundamental theoretical and practical challenges being thrown up by these developments, whole new areas of multivariate analysis are emerging. These emerging areas involve a range of new ideas and mathematical insights, while exploiting ever-increasing computational and graphical capabilities.

Against this backdrop, MATTER provides a timely opportunity both to look at the Big Picture in Multivariate Analysis Today and to benefit from a range of Topical Expository Reviews within it.

A high-profile Poster Session over a Buffet Lunch will further enrich the programme. Presenters will be invited to ‘pop-up’ and give a short, one-line, summary of their poster to whet our appetites!

The topics, speakers and timetable for the day are:

9:30Registration and Coffee (Berrill Building)
10:20Opening Remarks: Uwe Grimm (Head of OU Maths and Stats Dept)
10:30John Kent (Leeds): The Big Picture
11:30Siegfried Hörmann (Université libre de Bruxelles): Functional Data Analysis
12:10David Hand (Imperial College): Big Data
12:50‘Pop-up’ Poster Presentations
13:00Buffet Lunch and Poster Session
14:30Rajen Shah (Cambridge): Sparsity
15:10Hannu Oja (Turku): Non-parametric and Semi-parametric Methods
15:50Bing Li (Penn State): Dimension Reduction
16:30Tea and Departures (Berrill Building)

The book of abstracts can be found here

Please pick up your registration pack on arrival behind Reception in the Berrill Building . The talks will take place in the Berrill Lecture Theatre on the main Open University campus at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (see map of the campus). The buffet lunch and poster session will take place in the Hub Theatre.

All are most welcome to attend. Registration and other information follows. For anything else, please send an email to


Early bird: Friday April 3 (registration fee £30)

Late registration: Friday May 8 (registration fee £50)

Abstract submission (for posters): Friday April 24

Registration will open soon: please use the online form.


If you want to present a poster, please send us the title and the abstract (200 – 400 words) in a WORD document (use Calibri font, 12 pt) or LaTeX (source code .tex + .pdf). The deadline for abstract submission is on Friday April 24; you will be notified about acceptance shortly after your submission. Please note that the abstract can be submitted only during registration.

Posters will be displayed in the Hub Theatre. Velcro or pins to secure posters to the boards will be provided.


The following accommodation is within walking distance of The Open University:

Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, +44 (0) 1908 358000, 10-15 minutes walk
Mercure Parkside, +44 (0) 1908 932801, 20 minutes walk
Premier Inn Milton Keynes South, +44 (0) 871 527 8780, 25-30 minutes walk
Hilton Milton Keynes +44 (0) 1908 694433, 5 minutes walk

Click here for the Map of the surrounding area.

Click here for the Map of the Campus.


The University is about four miles from Milton Keynes Central Railway Station.
Taxis are normally available for hire at the railway station. The journey from the station takes about 10 minutes and costs in the order of £10.

Advice: Once you have arrived at Milton Keynes Central Station, book a cab via your mobile phone to pick you up in front of the railway station (e.g. use SKYLINE, phone: 01908 222-111, SPEEDLINE, phone: 01908 260-260, or Eezy Cabs, phone: 01908 218-218). These pre-booked cabs usually arrive within a few minutes and are cheaper than the taxis that are waiting just outside the railway station. At the meeting you can sign up to share a taxi back to the railway station at the end of the day.

There is also an OU shuttle bus running from the railway station; for more information on local public transport see MK travel guide.

You do not need a permit to park on the Open University campus. Dedicated Visitor Parking (which is signposted) is available in front of the Berrill Building, near the entrance to the Open University campus from the V10 (Brickhill Street).


Please note wireless Internet access at the conference is available via EDUROAM.


For more information, please email: