Speakers all over the world come to talk about different topics. The programme consists of four tracks in two parallel sessions: Large Deviations, Robust Optimisation, Scalable Network Algorithms and Performance and Quantum Networks. More information on the programme and the speakers of the various tracks is shown below.

Large Deviations

Thursday 3 June 2021

The theory of large deviations is a branch of probability concerning probabilities of rare events as well as understanding the behaviour of distributions conditioned on rare events. It has many applications throughout a wide range of disciplines, including statistical physics, information theory and operations research.  This mini-workshop considers large deviations in the context of networks. Topics that will be covered include understanding the structures of random graphs conditioned on very high or very low subgraph counts, the breaking of ensemble equivalence in statistical physics, and the assessment of rare event in large stochastic networks.

Speakers: Pietro Caputo, Perla Sousi, Ayalvadi Ganesh, Diego Garlaschelli, Matan Harel

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Robust Optimisation

Thursday 3 June 2021

Robust Optimization (RO) aims to generate solutions to optimization problems that are good for a wide range of realizations of parameter values. On one hand, RO has proven to be a very fruitful methodology allowing to protect a decision maker against uncertainty. On the other hand, there are still many fields where the use of advanced RO techniques may have a positive impact on the stability of solutions used. In this track, different aspects of Robust Optimization, both theoretical and applied, will be discussed.

Speakers: Dimitris Bertsimas, Bart Smeulders, Sebastian Stiller, Aurélie C. Thiele, Wolfram Wiesemann

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Quantum Networks

Friday 4 June 2021

This track is about network phenomena in quantum information science, a field whose main aim is to explore computational and information-theoretic aspects of quantum mechanics. Key examples include quantum algorithms for classical problems, for instance to study large graphs, networks of quantum systems, where strange interactions connect nodes of separated quantum systems, communication networks featuring quantum-enhanced channels or channels for transmitting quantum information itself, and computational complexity theory under the presence of quantum devices and agents.
These topics enjoy lively interactions with a broad range of mathematical areas, including combinatorics, functional analysis, algebra and probability. Some of the state of the art on these themes will be presented by world experts.

Speakers: David Peréz-García, Sophie Hermans, Laura Macinska, Jelmer Renema, Debbie Leung

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Scalable Network Algorithms and Performance

Friday 4 June 2021

Societal infrastructure networks continue to increase in size and complexity and tend to be subject to significant uncertainty and stochastic variability.  This raises an urgent need for algorithms which can provide excellent performance in large and complex networks and achieve high levels of efficiency in the presence of randomness.  Given the huge size of these networks, it is particularly critical that these algorithms only involve a limited computation effort and information exchange that can be sustained in large-scale operations.  This track features several talks on methods for analyzing and designing such scalable algorithms in a variety of settings.

Speakers: Srikant, Stefan Schmid, Richard Combes, Céline Comte, Kristen Gardner

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