2016 Southern California Probability Symposium

The 2016 Southern California Probability Symposium will be held on Saturday, December 3, at the University of Southern California.

Program--Abstracts here

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Refreshments
  • 10:00 - 10:50 Georg Menz (UCLA): Variational principles for discrete maps
  • 10:50 - 11:20 Coffee break
  • 11:20 - 12:10 Ruth Williams (UCSD): Reflected Diffusions and (Bio)Chemical Reaction Networks
  • 12:10 - 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 - 2:50 Tom Trogdon (UCI): Universality in numerical computations with random data
  • 2:50 - 3:20 Coffee Break
  • 3:20 - 4:10 Nils Detering (UCSB): Bootstrap Percolation in Directed Inhomogeneous Random Graphs
  • 4:10 - 5:00 Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research): Pinpointing mixing time in expanders and random graphs
  • 5:45 - 7:30 Dinner

Direction and Parking

  • Here is a link to a USC campus map. The talks will be held in Kaprelian Hall (KAP) 414, which is next to Entrance 6 at the far left of the campus map, 3620 S. Vermont Ave. Breaks will be in the adjacent lounge, KAP 410. As you exit the elevator, go right and you will reach the lounge.
  • USC will cover the cost of parking. Details to follow.

Dinner Information

  • The conference dinner will be held at 5:45 PM at Yang Chow Restaurant in LA's Chinatown. Cost will be in the mid-$20's range. Menu will have been chosen in advance. The reservation is for 6:00, but everyone needs to arrive a bit early because the restaurant wants us done by 7:30. There is valet parking--take the alley adjacent to the restaurant--no charge except tip. If that's full, there are multiple parking garages in the area.
  • If you wish to attend the dinner, please email Ken Alexander at alexandr@usc.edu by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 30. Include any dietary restrictions, e.g. if you are vegetarian.


  • This year's symposium is being organized by members of the USC probability group, Ken Alexander and Peter Baxendale.
  • If you have any questions about the symposium, please direct them, by email, to Peter at baxendal@usc.edu, or Ken at alexandr@usc.edu.

Email List

  • Information and reminders about the symposium will be sent by email to members of the Southern California Probability Group email list. If you wish to add or remove your name from this list, please click here.


  • Here is a link to a web page with information about the history of the Southern California Probability Symposium.