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Supported by the European Commission, Research DG, Human Potential Programme, High-Level Scientific Conferences - HPCF-2001-00105

in association with the Newton Institute programme entitled Computation, Combinatorics and Probability
(29 July to 20 December 2002)

5 August - 16 August 2002

Programme Abstracts Participants

Martin Dyer (Leeds), Mark Jerrum (Edinburgh), Peter Winkler (Bell Labs)

Theme of Conference:
As the analysis of algorithms has matured as a discipline, it has drawn from (and inspired) increasingly sophisticated mathematics. This is particularly true of the analysis of randomised algorithms. The conference aims to stimulate progress in this interdisciplinary area, by bringing together computer scientists with probability theorists and others working in relevant areas of mathematics, such as the theory of stochastic processes.

The programme is in two parts. The first part will be concerned with mathematical foundations, for example, random walks on graphs, concentration of measure, etc. The second part is concerned with design and analysis of algorithms which make random choices - including Monte Carlo and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms and deterministic algorithms when run on random instances. The main criterion for inclusion of an application is that the analysis should make significant and preferably novel use of tools from probability theory. The first Monday and Tuesday of the conference may be used for introductory and survey talks, designed to orient newcomers to the topics.

Tentative Participants:
B Bollobás, GR Brightwell, ME Dyer, E Friedgut, L Goldberg, G Grimmett, S Janson, MR Jerrum, R Kannan, M Karonski, M Karpinski, JH Kim, B Pittel, D Randall, V Rodl, A Rucinski, A Sinclair, G Sorkin, P Tetali, A Thomason, E Vigoda, P Winkler.

Location and Cost
The conference will take place at the Newton Institute and accommodation for participants will be provided in single study bedrooms with shared bathroom at Wolfson Court . The workshop package, costing £715, includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner from dinner on Sunday 4 August until breakfast on Saturday 17 August 2002, and lunch and refreshments during the days that lectures take place. Numbers will be restricted to about 50 participants.

The EuroWorkshop is supported by the European Community and funding is available to support a limited number of young (under 35 years of age) researchers and overseas senior researchers who are nationals of EC Member States or of the Associated States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Israel, Switzerland). Self-supporting participants of any age and nationality are welcome to apply

Application Form:
Please complete and return the application form to Tracey Andrew.

Closing Date for the receipt of applications is 31 March 2002

Further information
Please e-mail your enquiries to Tracey Andrew

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