PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastics (PTCS)


In 2015, PIMS was been pleased to receive renewed funding to the amount of $7.45 million from both NSERC and the Alberta Government. As part of this funding, PIMS launched the PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastics (PTCS).
PIMS has world class groups in probability theory and its applications, and these groups have an excellent track record of postdoctoral supervision and placement. These groups will come together through the new PIMS PTCS to train an outstanding cadre of postdoctoral fellows. This program has attracted $550,000 in NSF funds for our University of Washington site, in addition to the support from the Province of Alberta. The PTCS organizes summer schools in probability and mathematical finance, develops networking between PIMS sites as well as with groups in Microsoft Research and Eastern Canada, and supports visits by distinguished visitors.

The program is directed by Ed Perkins (UBC, 2015-17) and Martin Barlow (UBC, 2017-18).



PCTS Retreat 2017


The PTCS Retreat takes place annually and is an excellent opportunity for fellows, faculty and graduate students to interact and discuss probability in a relaxed atmosphere. In past years, it has been held at the BIRS facility in Banff and features prominent lectures as well as interactive discussions of open problems in the field. The PTCS gratefully acknowledges the support provided by BIRS for these events.


  • The Third Annual PTCS Retreat was held Oct. 20-22, 2017 at BIRS. More information is available on the BIRS event webpage.

PTCS BIRS Meeting 2017
  • The Second PTCS Retreat was held Sept. 23-25, 2016 at BIRS. More information is available on the BIRS event webpage. Here are slides of some of the talks.  
    • Miki Racz: Statistical inference in non-Equilibrium networks (slides)
    • Nicholas Beaton: Self-avoiding polygons in confined geometries (slides)
    • Mathav Murugan: Elliptic Harnack Inequalities (slides)
    • Simone Brugiapaglia: Sparse Approximation of PDEs based on Compressed Sensing (slides)

    PTCS BIRS Meeting

  • The First Annual PTCS Retreat was held Sept. 18-20, 2015 at BIRS. The schedule of lectures may be found on the BIRS event webpage

  • PTCS BIRS Meeting


Probability Day at UBC

Hosted at PIMS by UBC's Probability group, this one day seminar series will feature lectures provided by noted probabilists. The events will be shared by video-conferencing upon request. Please contact iana@pims.math.ca if you would like to take part remotely via BlueJeans.

A full schedule of events is available on the event webpage



Other PTCS Events

  • The PNW Probability Seminar will be hosted by Microsoft Research on Sat. Nov. 4 in Redmond, WA. Information about the meeting is available on the seminar web page.

Current Postdoctoral Fellowships

The following PTCS fellowships have been awarded. The previous institution of the awardee is indicated in parentheses.


University of Alberta

  • Dan Kelleher (Purdue) 2017-2018
  • Shirou Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 2017-18
  • Gerardo Barrera Vargas (CIMAT) 2017-19


University of British Columbia

  • Richard Balka (U. Washington) 2015-18
  • Martin Lohmann, (Hausdorff Institute) 2017-19


University of Calgary

  • Wenning-Wei (Fudan University) 2017-


Simon Fraser University

  • Simone Brugiapaglia (Politecnico di Milano) 2016-2018


University of Washington (funded by NSF)