Helsinki February Workshop 2018: Theory of Distributed Computing

Aalto University, Finland · Monday, 26 February – Friday, 2 March 2018

Overview Activities Schedule Venue



Helsinki February Workshop is an invite-only research workshop on the theory of distributed computing. We will focus on distributed graph algorithms, broadly interpreted. The field has been progressing very rapidly in the past couple of years, and among the main goals of the workshop will be:

We will aim at doing new research, not just presenting old work.


The event is organised by the Distributed Algorithms group at Aalto University; the contact person is Jukka Suomela.

The workshop is sponsored by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.



There is no registration fee. With the help of our sponsor, we will try to provide lunch and coffee, but the participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses.


We will use the following Slack workspace for instant messaging and announcements: All participants will receive invitations to this workspace.

Workshop activities

We will try to start each day with some short presentations and discussions among all workshop participants. We will then go for lunch together, and after lunch we will continue discussions in smaller groups.

While we have planned some activities in advance, we are very flexible; feel free to do whatever makes most sense to you! You are encouraged to use the Slack forum to e.g. coordinate meetings.

Short presentations

All participants should prepare a short talk that, ideally, follows this format:

The presentation itself should be short (say, 15 min), but we can use much more time after the talk for discussions. Presentation slides are not necessary; you can also give a whiteboard talk.

Guest lectures

There will also be longer guest lectures aimed at the general CS or TCS audience, in the lecture series of our department, and in Helsinki Algorithms Seminar.



The workshop starts on Monday, 26 February 2018, and ends on Friday, 2 March 2018.

Daily schedule

A rough plan of our typical daily schedule is as follows:

Key events


Local information

See information for our visitors for hotel suggestions, information on local transportation and tickets, etc. Please ask us (e.g. on our Slack forum) if you need any help!


The workshop is organised at Aalto University, in our building (Computer Science building); the street address is Konemiehentie 2, 02150 Espoo, Finland. Our building is a 2-minute walk from the metro station “Aalto University” — at the metro station, follow signs for “Tietotie” exit.


We will meet in these rooms:

These rooms are reserved for us as follows:


You are also welcome to use the following rooms whenever they are available:

Just ask us if you need e.g. a quiet space for Skype calls.

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