Workshop on Discrete Random Structures

“The world is continuous, but the mind is discrete.”

Prof. David Mumford, mathematician

This workshop brings together experts in combinatorics, probability theory, statistics, information theory, and computational topology sharing a common interest: graphs. Key forms of discrete-valued data, graphs extend to flexible and complex generalisations, such as hypergraphs and simplicial complexes. Their study requires a multidisciplinary arsenal of tools from the aforementioned disciplines. This rich area of research encompasses multiple topics, such as matrix inference, random graphs, graph limits, graphon games, and topological data analysis, to mention a few. Our aim is to strengthen the graph-related scientific community by promoting the creation of bridges between the different perspectives on the topic that each area of expertise brings.

The workshop is open to everyone and attendance is free of charge. However, in order to maximise the interaction between the speakers and the participants, participation is limited.

Registration is now closed.

  • Emmanuel Abbé, EPFL 
  • Ginestra Bianconi, Queen Mary University of London
  • Christian Borgs, University of California, Berkeley
  • François Caron, University of Oxford
  • Sourav Chatterjee, Stanford University
  • Remco van der Hofstad, TU Eindhoven
  • Mihyun Kang, TU Graz
  • Dmitri Krioukov, Northeastern University
  • Raffaella Mulas, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Evrydiki Nestoridi, Princeton and Stony Brook University 
  • Sofia Olhede, EPFL
  • Peter Orbanz, UCL
  • János Pach, Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics
  • Francesca Parise, Cornell University
  • Tiago Peixoto, Central European University
  • Giovanni Petri, Northeastern University 
  • Patrick Rubin-Delanchy, University of Bristol
  • Vincent Tassion, ETH Zürich
  • Fiona Skerman, Uppsala University
  • Balázs Szegedy, Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
08.45-09.05 Badge collection
09.05-09.15 Welcome from the organizers
09.15-10.15  Sofia C. Olhede  Vincent Tassion Balázs Szegedy  Mihyun Kang
10.15-10.35 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
10.35-11.35 Remco van der Hofstad Raffaella Mulas  Christian Borgs Tiago Peixoto
11.35-12.35 Ginestra Bianconi  Giovanni Petri  Evrydiki Nestoridi János Pach
12.35-14.00 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
14.00-15.00 François Caron  Social Activity (speakers only) Peter Orbanz Fiona Skerman
15.00-15.30 Coffee break Social Activity (speakers only) Coffee break Emmanuel Abbé

Patrick Rubin-Delanchy 

Social Activity (speakers only) Dimitri Krioukov

Emmanuel Abbé 15.30-16.00

Closing and coffee


Sourav Chatterjee


Francesca Parise  

Workshop dinner (speakers only)

  • Anda Skeja, PhD candidate (EPFL)
  • Laura Battagliola, postdoc (EPFL)

 Bernoulli Center for Fundamental Studies (CIB) on the EPFL campus in Lausanne

The workshop is generously funded by the Bernoulli Center of Fundamental Studies.

  • Location: The talks will be held in the Bernoulli Centre (, which is on the top floor of building GA (GA 3 34) on EPFL campus, reachable with M1 metro line. We have the entire floor available, including a seminar room, lounge rooms, and a terrace, all equipped with blackboards. You are welcome to stay at the Bernoulli Centre for as long as you like, even after the talks. However, please note that if you exit the building after 6 pm, you will not be able to re-enter until the next day.
  • Coffee breaks: Snacks and drinks will be provided during the breaks, and there are coffee machines available for your use. There is also a water machine just outside the seminar room. 
  • Lunches: We will have a 1.5 hours breaks for lunch. There are several options on campus, from restaurants to canteens and supermarkets. Also, in the EPFL Metro Station there are Holy Cow, Gina Restaurant and Migros/Denner grocery stores.
  • Swiss National Day (1 August) This corresponds to the second day of the workshop and most commercial activities will be closed. Here is a link of restaurants that are open on non-working days Please make sure to ask the restaurants you are interested in if they are open on 1 August.
    This link contains some fun ideas on what to do on Swiss National Day
    Grocery stores in the train stations such as Migros (in Renens) and Coop Pronto (in Renens and Lausanne Gare) are always open until 23:00.