The Eighth International Symposium on Imprecise Probabilities: Theories and Applications (ISIPTA ’13)

The Eighth International Symposium on Imprecise Probabilities: Theories and Applications (ISIPTA ’13) took place in the nice city of Compiègne, from July 2nd to July 5th. We have to thank Fabio Cozman, Thierry Denoeux, Teddy Seidenfeld (and myself) for the scientific organization, and Cédric Baudrit, Véronique Berger-Cherfaoui, Thierry Denoeux, Mylène Masson, Benjamin Quost, Mohamed Sallak (and myself) for the local organization. With the participants, they all contributed to make of this ISIPTA a very interesting and friendly meeting.

Pursuing ISIPTA tradition, a total of 38 papers were presented at the conference, each of them with a short talk followed by a poster session. Poster-only contributions were given a one-minute presentation. In addition 4 invited presentations were given: by Alessio Benavoli (“Pushing Dynamic Estimation to the Extremes: from the Moon to Imprecise Probability”), Isaac Elishakoff (“Recent Developments in Applied Mechanics with Uncertainties”), Christophe Labreuche (“Robustness in Multi-Criteria Decision Making and its relation with Imprecise Probabilities”) and Jean-Marc Tallon (“Ambiguity and ambiguity attitudes in economics”).

Before the conference, the first of July was dedicated to tutorials, with Matthias Troffaes introducing imprecise probabilities from an historical perspective, while Thierry Denoeux talked about the basics and latest applications of belief functions. A welcome reception was then given at Saint-Nicolas Room.

On Tuesday evening, all participants gathered in the town hall in which the city representatives welcomed the participants. The speech was followed by a drink well-deserved after a first day of hard work.


Thursday had two important events. The first one was the general meeting, in which the new Executive Committee was appointed. The second was the gala dinner at Pierrefond Castle, during which outgoing members (Alessio Benavoli, Frank Coolen and Teddy Seidenfeld) of the Executive Committee were thanked for their hard work for the community, by the means of appropriated gifts (wine, beer, chocolate and books). The dinner was also the occasion to award the winners of the IJAR prize, whose recipients were:

  • Andrea Wiencierz (gold prize)
  • Ignacio Montes Gutiérrez (gold prize)
  • Rocco de Rosa (honorable mention)

The last conference day was Friday, with the closing ceremony ending with the posters awards. The best poster award was given to Erik Quaeghebeur for his poster on “Characterizing Coherence, Correcting Incoherence”. A mention was also given to the posters by:

  • Felipe Aguirre, Christelle Jacob, Sébastien Destercke, Didier Dubois, Mohamed Sallak
  • Arthur Van de Camp, Gert de Cooman
  • Marco Cattaneo
  • Jasper de Bock, Gert de Cooman

We thank all participants, authors, reviewers and organizers for making this ISIPTA a success!