Welcome to the first

Armenian Workshop on Graphs, Combinatorics, Probability,

and their application to machine learning

Armenia, June 1 - 7, 2019

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Workshop on Graphs. Combinatorics. Probability.

and their application to machine learning


The week-long workshop will have few if any talks, its purpose being collaboration. However, at the start of the workshop all participants will be invited to give a 10 minute talk introducing a problem.

Gabor Lugosi will spend a bit longer introducing some problems related to machine learning.

The event will take place at the Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel, a small boutique hotel in Armenia.



Jun 1-7






Support for Local Participants

We are currently accepting applications from students and early-career researchers based in Armenia, working in the fields relevant to this workshop.

Limited number of applicants will be accepted, who will also get partial financial support towards their accommodation during the workshop. Participants are also highly encouraged to seek funding from other sources such as the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation for financial support.

To apply, please send us

  • your CV,
  • a short research statement (max 2 pages),
  • a summary of why you want to attend this workshop, and
  • a statement of whether or not you need financial assistance.

    Additionally, please ask for one recommendation letter to be directly emailed to us.

    Send all application documents to both perouz@cs.mcgill.ca and Liana.Yepremyan@maths.ox.ac.uk.

    The deadline for applications is May 15th. Decisions will be announced a week later.

  • Confirmed Attendees

    1. Alexey Pokrovskiy

    2. Andrew Thomason

    3. Andrey Kupavskii

    4. Aram Gharibyan

    5. Ararat Harutyunyan

    6. Armen Davtyan

    7. Bruce Reed

    8. Colin McDiarmid

    9. David Conlon

    10. David Wood

    11. Eoin Long

    12. Gabor Lugosi

    13. Gwen Joret

    14. Jozsef Skokan

    15. Liana Yepremyan

    16. Louigi Addario-Berry

    17. Maria Axenovich

    18. Matthew Jenssen

    19. Nicolas Broutin

    20. Nina Kamcev

    21. Pat Morin

    22. Perouz Taslakian

    23. Peter Keevash

    24. Shoham Letzter

    25. Tao Jiang

    26. Vida Dujmovic

    27. Yelena Yuditsky

    Travel to Armenia


    Your Arrival

    We expect that participants will arrive at the Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel during the day on June 1st, and we will have a pre-dinner opening session with open-problems at 5:00pm that same day.

    If you arrive in Yerevan, we can arrange for your transportation from the city (either Zvartnots Airport (EVN) or city center) to the hotel; for that, you need to let us know your arrival time by filling up this document. Note that we are not arranging for transportation if you arrive in Tbilisy. However, if you need help finding transportation, please email the organizers.


    Touristic Information

    For touristic information about Armenia and about hikes in Armenia, check this out.

    Armenia in bullet-points

  • Part of the former Soviet Union
  • Capital is Yerevan
  • Neighbors are Iran, Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan
  • Currency is Dram (AMD)
  • Alphabet looks like Ա Բ Գ Դ Ե Զ Է Ը Թ
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    Conference Location

    The conference will take place in the town of Dzoraget, north of the capital Yerevan. Dzoraget is also halfway between Yerevan and Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia), about a 2.5-hour drive from each capital.

    We will spend the week in the Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel, which is located on the banks of Debed river, and has a few popular hiking routes nearby. It hosts a spa, a restaurant, a large terrace, an indoor swimming pool, a conference hall, and common spaces where we can work.


    Hotel Pricing

    Conference participants will be staying either in double rooms (one double bed) or twin room (with two twin beds). Pricing is as follows (by occupancy)

  • Single occupancy: 30,000 AMD (~ 63 USD)

  • Double occupancy: 38,000 AMD (~ 80 USD)

    This means that if you stay in a room alone, you pay 30,000 AMD, while if you share a room with a second person, you each pay half of 38,000 AMD.

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    Getting to the hotel

    There are two easy ways to get to Dzoraget. Either

  • fly into Yerevan and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, or
  • fly into Tbilisi and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Note that this means you will need to cross a border, which may cause some delays.
  • For the trip from the Yerevan airport to the hotel, we will organize taxis to take you from the hotel straight to Dzoraget. We will ask you to fill in your flight information sometime in April.

    If you decide to fly into Tbilisi and need help organizing for a taxi, contact the organizers; one of them may be able to help.

    Flying into Yerevan

    The Zvartnots International Airport (code: EVN) is a 15-minute taxi ride to the center of town, and is an easy airport to get to. The major airlines with direct flights to Yerevan include

  • Air France from Paris
  • Aeroflot from Moscow
  • SN Brussels from Brussels
  • KLM from Amsterdam
  • Austrian Airlines from Vienna
  • Visa

    Do you need a visa?

    Citizens of most Western countries do not need a visa to enter Armenia, or can obtain a visa upon arrival.

    For example, citizens of the following countries do not need entry visas: USA, UK, France, Australia. See the full list here or use the this online tool.

    Check the website of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information.

    If you find that you need a visa, in most cases you can either obtain one upon arrival, or are eligible to apply for an e-visa online. Please note that the former case may be applicable only at the Zvartnots International Airport (and not at land crossings), so check before assuming otherwise.

    Also remember: if you decide to fly into Georgia first and cross the Armenia border by land, make sure you have the proper documents to enter Georgia as well.


    Hiking Information

    Tuesday June 4th

    On June 4th we will have a hike of about 12km along the route that connects Odzun Church (built in the 5th century) to Kobayr Monastery (built in the 10-13th centirues). We will have guided excursions on both sites accompanied by English-speaking guides. Lunch break will be held at a spot overlooking the Debed canyon. This will take about 5-5.5 hours, and we plan on being back to the hotel by 3:30-4pm. The transportation from and back to the hotel will be provided, and each person will have to carry their own lunch/water.

    Thursday June 6th

    On June 6th, there will be two options available for hiking.

    Short option: This will be a 10km route from Sanahin Monastery to Haghpat Monastery, both built in the 10th century. There will be a guided tour for both monasteries. This will be an easy hike and you can leave after breakfast and either have lunch on the route or get back to the hotel, to be decided by participants. The transportation from and back to the hotel will be provided.

    Long option: The second option is to climb Mount Lalvar. The perks of this hike are the view overlooking the Georgian landscape on one side and the Armenian on the other. This will be about a 22km hike, and will take up the full day. This means we will have to get started early at around 8am.

    Participants wanting to take part in either hike should inform the organizers of which hike they intend to join; this will help in organizing the transportation.

    Contact the Organizers

    Bruce Reed


    Perouz Taslakian


    Liana Yepremyan