Program Committee


Niv Buchbinder
Deeparnab Chakrabarty
Siu On Chan
Shuchi Chawla
Eden Chlamtac
Nikhil Devanur (chair)
Alina Ene
Konstantinos Georgiu
Telikepalli Kavitha
Ken Ichi Kawarabayashi
Jochen Koenemann
Amit Kumar
Konstantin Makarychev
Debmalya Panigrahi
Thomas Rothvoss
Barna Saha
Bruce Shepherd
Aravind Srinvasan
David Williamson


Louigi Addario-Berry
Nayantara Bhatnagar
Amin Coja-Oghlan
David Galvin
Valentine Kabanets
Michael Molloy
Cris Moore (chair)
Assaf Naor
Krzysztof Onak
Dana Ron
Alex Russell
Dominik Scheder
Devavrat Shah
Perla Sousi
Mario Szegedy
Amnon Ta-Shma
Thomas Vidick

Program Chairs

Nikhil Devanur,
Microsoft Research, Redmond

Cris Moore,
Santa Fe Institute

Workshop Chairs

José Rolim,
U. of Geneva
Klaus Jansen,
U. of Kiel

Organizing Comitee Chair

Carme Alvarez,
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Important dates
Submission deadline
April 17, 2014

Notification to authors
June 6, 2014

Camera ready
June 20, 2014
Call for papers


The talks will be held at the Aula Master, Campus Nord, UPC, Barcelona. The Aula Master is located in the ground floor of the A3 Building (see map).

Arriving at Barcelona

Arriving by plane:

The Barcelona airport is situated 12 Km from the city. There are several ways to get from the airport to the centre of Barcelona.
  • TRAIN: Trains leave from the terminal T2 of the airport approximately every half an hour and goes to Sants Train Station. There you can take the L3 (green) metro line and stop at the University area (station Palau Reial). The train takes about 20 minutes.

    The schedule can be retrieved at RENFE Rodalies Barcelona

    If you arrive to terminal T1 you can take a bus to terminal T2 and then the train. However this connection will take longer than the direct connection by bus.

  • BUS: The Aerobús leaves from the airport quite frequently. There are two lines, line A1 and line A2 connecting the city with terminal T1 and T2 respectively. The trip last around 35 minutes

    You can stop at Plaça Espanya or Plaça Catalunya, since from both of them you can link with the L3 (green) line of the metro which brings you to the University area. Plaça Espanya is the first stop of the Aerobus and the closer one to the University. Recall that the metro station which is closer to the UPC Campus is the station Palau Reial of the L3 line.

  • TAXI: The black and yellow Barcelona taxis can also be found at the airport. They cannot carry more than four passengers. When a taxi is free, a green light will be alight and a LIBRE or LLIURE sign will be visible. A taxi to the Sants station will cost around 30-35 euros depending on the time.

Arriving by train:

The main train station is called 'Barcelona Sants'. Its location is centric and is well connected by subway (Sants Estació station, on lines 3 and 5) to any other point of the city. Some trains get to the more exclusive station of 'Barcelona Estació de França', also centrically located. The closest subway station is called Barceloneta (on line 4). For more information, you can contact RENFE, the spanish railroad company.

Did you know that 73.8% of those living in Barcelona see themselves as walkers more than as drivers? Did you know that 37% of the trips in the city are done by foot? Barcelona is clearly a city to enjoy by foot at any season of the year. Check this website if you plan to walk around the city and/or to the symposium location.

Locate any address in the city in the following website, and check how to go from one place to another in the following website. In general, you will find all kind of information about the city in the website of the city hall.

The size of Barcelona makes it possible to use the bicycle to move around. Check this website (in Catalan) if you want to reach the symposium location by bike.

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

The symposium will take place in the North Campus of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech (UPC). The Technical University of Catalonia is a public university that specialises in the fields of architecture, engineering, merchant seamanship, economics, health sciences and applied mathematics. UPC was founded in March 1971.

To get to the Campus Nord (North Campus), please have a look at the following information:

Culture and Tourism in Barcelona and Catalonia

The city of Barcelona is slightly over 90 km2 in area, and has a population of 1,700,000 inhabitants. It is the centre of a large metropolitan area which has over three million inhabitants. Over two thousands years old, Barcelona is the capital of the historic nation of Catalonia.

There is not just one Barcelona, but several. The old city (Ciutat Vella) offers the visitor a wide range of routes to follow and reconstruct the history of Barcelona by starting at the Roman walls, moving to the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and going to the popular promenade know as La Rambla. From there you can discover the architectural and decorative models of the Modernism, with many works of Antoni Gaudi such as the Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona is a city fomous for its cultural tradition. The city has over twenty museums, covering all aspects of art and culture. The best known are the National Museum of Art of Catalonia with one of the major collections of Romanesque and Gothic art, the Museum of Historic Art, the Picasso Museum, the Mirò Foundation and the Tàpies Foundation. The Science Museum also presents a wideranging display of scientific and technological advances. The Forum de les Cultures recently buit is another cultural target.

Besides some major art show rooms, most musical events take place in three large venues: the Palau de la Música Catalana, a real modernist gem, the Auditorium, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, which is a leading opera house, reconstructed after its burning. Many stage troupes and actors in Barcelona are the best in Spain, and achieve international acclaim. A glance at the programme of cultural and entertainment events published in the Barcelona daily newspapers is the best way of keeping abreast of what is in the city.

For thousands year Barcelona has had a strong trading tradition. You can buy all kinds of goods in Barcelona. Althought purchasses can be made all over the city, there are certain particular shopping areas such as the Avinguda Diagonal, the whole Eixample, the old town...

More information on Barcelona can be found in the following Web sites:


Catalonia is a European Mediterranean country. A modern, advanced country, with a strong personality and very attached to custom and tradition.

The Catalonian landscape is very varied. The Pyrenee mountains contrast strongly with the coastal regions, although the pleasant environmental quality is generalised. Catalonia is a very pleasant country to live in. One look at life expectancy figures shows that the Catalans are among the longest living in the world. Their secret is a combination of good environmental conditions, a healthy diet, good health and social services and a life style in which, despite the hard work, one always finds time for leisure.

The Catalans have always placed a high value on work and have distinguished themselves with their capacity for improvisation. This has allowed Catalonia to grow into a solidly structured country, with a well developed civil society and an active work culture.

More information on Catalonia can be found in the following Web sites: