COIN Residence Program #4

20-27 August 2017
Clermont Ferrand, France

The Cosmostatistics Initiative

The Cosmostatistics Initiative (COIN),  an international  group built under the auspices of the International Astrostatistics Association (IAA), aims to create an interdisciplinary environment where collaborations between astronomers, statisticians and machine learning experts can flourish.

The group is lead by Rafael S. de Souza (ELTE, Hungary) and co-chaired by Alberto Krone-Martins (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Emille E. O. Ishida (Université Clermont-Auvergne, France) and Ewan Cameron (Oxford University, UK).


Researchers willing to join are welcome to contact any of the chairs!

The COIN Residence Program

An unstructured and intimate meeting,  offering opportunities for collaborative research, learning, and sharing of expertise with concrete scientific outcomes.


The main goal of the CRPs is to benefit  young and experienced researchers in astronomy, statistics, computer science and related disciplines alike. Thus contributing to the establishment of Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics  as full-fledged disciplines. 


We also aim at creating a personal bound among our members, provinding a completely informal environment where such intimate connections can grow. 

Thus, the program is held in a residence and participants share not only scientific discussions, but participate in logistic decisions during the program. 

A complete report of COIN projects, results and previous meetings can be found in the COINtoolbox.

CRP #4 - working mode



Emille E. O. Ishida

Emille E. O. Ishida - chair

Université Clermont-Auvergne, France

Rafael S. de Souza

Rafael S. de Souza

ELTE, Hungary and USP, Brazil

Alberto Krone-Martins

Alberto Krone-Martins

Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Ewan Cameron

Ewan Cameron

Oxford University, UK

Emmanuel Gangler

Emmanuel Gangler

Université Clermont-Auvergne, France



Place de Jaude, Clermont Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand is the natural gateway to the vast Massif Central territory and has a strategic position in the centre of France at the crossroads of Europe.

The capital of the Auvergne region has exceptional surroundings, between the Puys Mountain Range and its volcanoes, majestically overlooked by the Puy de Dôme.

It also hosts Vulcania, Europe’s only Park on Volcanism.

Clermont gastronomy is basically a part of traditional Auvergne cuisine, made from local terroir products. Auvergne cheeses, five of which are AOP (appellation d’origine protégée / protected designation of origin) enjoy worldwide renown.

Clermont-Ferrand was the home of mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal who tested Evangelista Torricelli's hypothesis concerning the influence of gas pressure on liquid equilibrium. This is the experiment where a vacuum is created in a mercury tube: Pascal's experiment had his brother-in-law carry a barometer to the top of the Puy-de-Dôme.



Code of Conduct

COIN is composed of members from around the globe with a diverse set of skills, personalities, and experiences. This is one of the characteristics which makes it unique and fruitful.  


We encourage you to follow these guidelines which help steer our interactions and strive to keep the CRPs an enlightening experience for all members involved.





CRP #4 will be a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, religion, or choice of R versus Python.


Please bring any issues to the confidential attention of the workshop organizers.




Be receptive to constructive comment and criticism, as the experiences and skill sets of other members contribute to the whole of our efforts. 


Be thoughtful when addressing the efforts of others, keeping in mind that often times the labour was completed simply for the good of the group. 


Be good and respectful to each other.


Given the informal nature of the program, be perceptive about eventual help needed in the organization and maintenance of the household tasks. Remember that there is no room service or catering. Keeping things clean and organized is up to the group itself.

CRP #4 is a strictly non-smoking event.  Smoking is not allowed  inside the venue.


Participants sharing a room should pay attention to tidiness, sleeping hours and noise. In the common areas, there is no time limit and you can keep working through the night, if you wish to.

Publication and authorship:

The mere participation in one of the CRPs does not guarantee authorship in COIN papers. 

Publications developed during the CRPs are lead by volunteer participants who commit to the implementation of all stages of the project during and after the meeting. 

All participants who contribute to development of a project will be included in the author list. The order of the authors is decided by the project leader  once the paper is finalized.



Adapted from the Python Code of Conduct

and #pyastro15




Photo gallery



Jim Barret   - 



Project 1:

Project page

Project 2:


 Project page


Institutional Sponsors

This project has been supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Fellowship of the European Commission’s
Horizon 2020 Programme under contract number 675440 AMVA4NewPhysics.

Private Sponsors

Hernán Enrique Garrido Vertel,  Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Leandro de Oliveira Kerber, Universidade Federal de Santa Cruz, Brazil

© 2017 by IAA-COIN

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