The 40th Midwest Probability Colloquium

October 18-20, 2018

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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General Information Travel Accommodations
Financial Support and Reimbursement Conference Abstracts Past MPC Research Speakers
Conference Schedule Other Useful Information Past MPC Tutorial Speakers
Online Registration Women in Probability  Mailing List

General Information

The 40th Midwest Probability Colloquium will be held at Northwestern University
on October 18-20, 2018.  

  Tutorial Program (October 18)

      Sebastien Roch (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
            A Biased Talk Through Mathematical Phylogenomics(Two talks) (abstract)  (talk slides)
Research Program (October 19-20)

      Rick Kenyon (Brown University)

            Limit Shapes for Height Models (Two talks)
(abstract)  (talk slides)

      Paul Bourgade (New York University)

            Random Matrices and Logarithmically Correlated Fields 

      Firas Rassoul-Agha (University of Utah)

            Shifted Weights and Restricted-Length Paths in First-Passage Percolation
(abstract)  (talk slides)

      Tianyi Zheng (University of California, San Diego)

            Random Walks on Groups of Intermediate Volume Growth 
(abstract)  (talk slides)

 Scientific Committee
           Antonio Auffinger (Northwestern University)
           Guo Xin (University of California, Berkeley)
           Elton Hsu (Northwestern University)
           Greg Lawler (University of Chicago)
           Tai Melcher (University of Virginia)
           Timo Sepalainen (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
           Jing Wang (Purdue University)
           Qiang Zeng (Northwestern University)        
	National Science Foundation

	Northwestern University

Women in Probability

Women in Probability ( is an organization for women active
in probability research. Our primary purpose is to provide networking and mentoring
opportunities for early career women, and our activities are funded by the NSF.

Women in Probability will host a brunch at the Midwest Probability Colloquium on Friday,
October 19 at 11am
at the local restaurant (to be determined later). This brunch is free
to any early career women participants. Anyone interested in attending should please email
Tai Melcher (

Please visit Northwestern University Travel Guide for general travel information.
Taxi services:

Norshore Cab 1-847-864-7500
303 Taxi 1-800-CALL-303
American Taxi 1-847-272-8000
Call these numbers at the arrival level after you have picked up your checked-in baggage.
Do not take City of Chicago taxis.


We recommend the following local hotels to the participants of the conference.


 a. The Homestead Residence 1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60208  (
 b. Holiday Inn Chicago North Evanston 1501 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-4416 (847-491-6400)
 c. The Margarita European Inn 1566 Oak Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 (847-869-2273)
 d. The Hilton Orrington at Evanston 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 (847-866-8700)
 e. North Shore Doubletree  9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie,  IL 60077 (847-679-7000)
 f. Hiton Garden Inn Evanston 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 (847-475-6400)
Please also consider local Airbnb opportunites.

If you drive to the conference and would like to park on the Northwestern University campus, please
obtain daily parking permits at Math Department Main Office on the second floor of Lunt Hall (2033
Sheridan Road).

Participants who receive financial support from the conference should pay their hotel bills 
and submit the receipts for hotel and other expenses together with the Visitor's Expense Report
within 30 days after the close of the conference for reimbursement up to the amount of the 
promised financial support. 

Financial Support   

We have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to provide financial assistance
to graduate students, younger investigators (Ph.D after June 30, 2012), and researchers without
alternative sources of financial support for attending the conference. Typically we can supplement
travel and lodging expenses in the $300-$700 range per participant, depending on priority, needs,
and number of requests for financial assistance.

In order to receive financial support you must register online and indicate on the registration
form that you would like to receive financial support. A registration must be completed before
September 30th for a full consideration. Other factors being equal, the funds will be distributed
according to the chronological order in which the requests are received. Please note that in
accordance with NSF regulations only flights on US flag air carriers will be reimbursed.

A current graduate student needs to confirm you status by asking your academic adviser to send a
brief letter of reference by email to the local organizer Elton Hsu

For reimbursement, download this package, where you will find the complete information for submitting
your receipts and the Visitor's Expense Report for reimbursement. Submit them by email or regular mail
within 30 days after the close of the conference to: Reimbursement Processing, Department of Mathematics,
Northwestern University, 2033 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208.

Other Useful Information

     Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University
    Northwestern University
    City of Chicago


Mailing List
If you want to be on the e-mailing list of the annual Midwest Probability Colloquium at Northwestern
University, please send a message to the MPC e-mailing list coordinator.

This site is constantly updated as new information becomes available.

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Last Updated -- March 20, 2018.