Ingelin Steinsland

Ingelin Steinsland

  • Professor in statistics at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
        (NTNU), Department of Mathematical Sciences.
  • Research interests: Modelling and inference of large stochastic systems in quantitative genetics and hydrology.
  • I am part of Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics , working together with Henrik Jensen analysing house sparrows populations.
  • I am part of the Enki project.
  • I often utilize the opportunities INLA gives.
  • Topics for project- and master students.
  • INLA users' workshop May 2009.
  • Contact information

    E-mail:  Ingelin Steinsland <>
    From August 2014-July 2015 I'm at sabbatical at Stanford University, Department of Statistics, Sequoia Hall 390 Serra Mall. Room 204.
    +47-7359-3533 (at office)
    +47-92663096 (mobile)
    +47-73 59 35 24
    Mail address:
    Department of mathematical sciences,
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    N-7491 Trondheim
              Room 1140, 11th floor, Sentralbygg II


    Spring 2014: TMA4245 Statistikk.


    In revision


    Technical report


    Hu X, Steinsland I , Simpson D, Martino S and Rue H
    Bivariate Random Fields with System of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations for Spatial Modelling of Temperature and Humidity

    Published and Accepted for publication


    Engeland K and Steinsland I.
    Probabilistic post-processing models for flow forecasts for a system of catchments and several lead times
    Water Resources Research 50 pp 1-16, 2014.

    Ingebrigtsen R, Lindgren F, Steinsland I .
    Spatial models with explanatory variables in the dependence structure
    Accepted for publication in Spatial Statistics.

    Steinsland I, Larsen CT, Roulin A, Jensen H,
    Modeling and inference for Bayesian animal models in the presence of non-ignorable missing data.
    R code: Primary file, barnowl_namissing.r and support file lincomb_stuff.r
    Accepted for publication in Evolution.

    Larsen CT, Holand AM, Steinsland I,Roulin A, Jensen H,
    On estimation and identifiability issues of sex-linked inheritance with a case study of pigmentation in Swiss barn owl (Tyto alba)

    Accepted for publication in Ecology and Evolution.

    Holand, A., I. Steinsland, H. Jensen, and S. Martino, 2013.
    Animal model and integrated nested Laplace approximations.
    G3, Genes, Genomes, Genetics 3:1241-1251.

    Esther Salazar, Bruno Sanso, Andrew O. Finley, Dorit Hammerling, Ingelin Steinsland, Xia Wang and Paul Delamater
    Comparing and Blending Regional Climate Model Predictions for the American Southwest
    Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 16:4, pp 586Ð605

    I Steinsland, H Jensen
    Utilizing Gaussian Markov Random Field Properties of Bayesian Animal Models
    Biometrics 66(3) pp 763:771

    Roulin A, Altwegg R, Jensen H, Steinsland I, Schaub M
    Sex-dependent selection on an autosomal melanic female ornament promotes the evolution of sex ratio bias
    Ecology letters 13(5) pp 616-626

    Engeland K, Renard B, Steinsland I, Kolberg S
    Evaluation of statistical models for forecast errors from the HBV model
    Journal of Hydrology, 384 (1-2) pp142-155

    Jensen H, Steinsland I , Ringsby TH, Saether BE
    Evolutionary dynamics of a sexual ornament in the house sparrow (passer domesticus): The role of indirect selection within and between sexes
    Evolution 62:6, pp 1275-1293

    Steinsland I
    Parallel exact sampling and evaluation of Gaussian Markov random fields
    Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 51:5 pp:2969-2981
    C code used for the Lancaster example in this paper.

    Rue H, Steinsland I, Erland S
    Approximating hidden Gaussian Markov random fields
    Journal of Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 66(4), pp 877-892.

    Hultmann L, Rora AMB, Steinsland I, Skara T, Rustad T
    Proteolytic activity and properties of proteins in smoked salmon (Salmo salar) - effects of smoking temperature
    Food Chemistry 85(3) pp 377-387

    Hurn M, Steinsland I, Rue H
    Parameter estimation for a deformable template model
    Statistics and Computing 11(4) pp:337-346


    I Steinsland, H Jensen
    Making Inference from Bayesian Animal Models utilising Gaussian Markov Random Field properties
    Preprint no. 10/2005.. This work is now published as Steinsland & Jensen (2010).

    I Steinsland, H Rue
    Collapsed blocks approximations
    Preprint no. 9/2005.


    Here are some presentations I have made (all in pdf).
  • Spatial predictive distribution for precipitation based on numerical weather predictions (NWP)
  • A comparative study of Integrated nested Laplace approximation and Markov chain Monte Carlo methods: a case study in tree breeding models
  • INLA and Animal Model
  • Parallel sampling of Gaussian Markov random fields
  • Multiple hypothesis testing - recent developments and future challenges .
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo updating schemes for hidden Gaussian Markov random field models.
  • Partially conditional blocks approximations used in MCMC and movies for the fMRI example in this presentation:
    Original brain fMRI data: in avi and compressed (gz)
    Estimated activation effect: in avi and compressed (gz)
  • Quantitative Genetics, House Sparrows and a Multivariate Gaussian Markov Random Field Model.
  • Posters

  • Quantitative Genetics, House Sparrows and a Multivariate Gaussian Markov Random Field Model (pdf format, 8M, OK if printed on A4). Presented on MCMSki, Bormio, Italy, January 2005.
  • Bayesian Inference of Multiple-Traits in a House Sparrow Population using the Animal Model Presented at the 10th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Cracow, Poland, August 2005.
  • Education and Experience

    • 2008-: Associate professor in statistics at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
      (NTNU), Department of Mathematical Sciences.
    • 2009-2010: Visiting researcher at SAMSI
    • 2006-2007: Researcher at SINTEF Energy Research
    • 2004-2006: Post.doc. at Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU. Project; Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods in Quantitative Genetics.
    • 2003-2004: Associate professor (temp.) at Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU.
    • 2001-2002: Visiting post-graduate student at Department of Statistics,Trinity College, Dublin.
    • 1999-2003: Ph.D. student under Håvard Rue, at Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU.
    • 1998-1999: Software developer, VoxelVision AS.
    • 1998: Graduate Engineer (M.Sc. equiv.) in industrial mathematics, NTNU.