I’m excited to be attending the 2011 Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Workshop in San Diego, CA. Their organization is interesting. The organizers invite keynote speakers, one of whom this year is Xiao-Li Meng. Then the keynote speakers are allowed to invite a second tier of people to bolster the talks in an area. Since Xiao-Li is speaking on Monte Carlo methods, he extended me an invitation. Not 100% sure yet what I’ll be talking about, but a good guess is that perfect simulation will be involved somehow!