The Tenth International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods in Scientific Computing (MCQMC 2012), held at UNSW from February 13 to 17, was by all accounts a highly successful event. With 191 participants, including nearly 130 from overseas, it featured a very strong scientific program (with ten excellent invited plenary speakers from all parts of the world, and many special sessions); and even the weather was kind.
Monte Carlo Methods are methods for computing integrals (or expected values) that make use of random choices, while Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods are deterministic methods that are designed to be more efficient than Monte Carlo Methods. Both kinds of methods are becoming ever more important in applications as problems with more and more variables encounter the curse of dimensionality. UNSW is now a leading centre for research in quasi-Monte Carlo methods.
Run biennially since 1994, the MCQMC conference series has a long history and has become the major event for researchers in the Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo community. The School was proud to host MCQMC in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in its history.
Conference attendees on excursion at Sydney Opera House
MCQMC 2012 attendees