Much more than U-statistics:
A symposium to celebrate Neville C Weber

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm.

In ancient Greek, the symposium (from sympinein "to drink together") was a drinking party and a key Hellenic social institution. It was a forum for men of good family to debate, plot, boast, or simply to revel with others. They were frequently held to celebrate the introduction of young men into aristocratic society. Symposia were also held by aristocrats to celebrate other special occasions, such as victories in athletic and poetic contests. They were a sort of pride for them.

Neville is retiring by the end of 2014 and will be a young man among the many more mature retirees. Neville plans to retire quietly, however, after talking to some of his current and previous colleagues, it is more than clear that Neville deserves better. He stands out as one of the best that academia can produce, his mentorship helped fast-track many a career, his generous help could be experienced by all who had the pleasure to interact with Neville.


Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm
Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175
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Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:00pm.
Chedi Thai, 74/78 King St Newtown
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Cost: $60/head


The main event will be a symposium where speakers describe some of their research that has some connection with Neville and perhaps also give some insight into Neville's character. The symposium is free to attend, though registration is essential for catering purposes. The afternoon tea and post-symposium drinks are kindly sponsored by the Faculty of Science and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The draft program is given below.

Session 1

Chair: Eugene Seneta

2:00 Opening by Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science and introductory remarks by Professor Eugene Seneta
2:25 Philip Kokic (CSIRO)
2:50 Garth Tarr (ANU)
3:15 David Warton (UNSW)

3:40 Afternoon tea (provided)

Session 2

Chair: John Robinson

4:10 Vasilis Sarafidis (Monash)
4:35 Justin Wishart (UNSW)
5:00 Alan Welsh (ANU)
5:25 Floor Discussion

5:40 Champagne

6:00 Closing and group photo


Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
The University of Sydney NSW 2006


After the symposium, there will be a dinner at Chedi Thai, 74 King Street, Newtown. The reservation is for 7pm - a group will be walking there from the University, leaving from the bottom of the Carslaw Building at 6:40. Please contact Samuel if you would like to attend the dinner and you have not yet registered.


The deadline for registration has passed.


For more information you can contact Samuel Müller or Garth Tarr.