Workshop on

"Self-Interacting Random Walks"

March 29-31, 2006

EURANDOM, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Programme & Abstracts| Speakers  & Participants |Registration | Practical Information


The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in self-interacting random walks and related areas. This includes, among others, research on random walks in random environments, various reinforced random walks, random walks in random sceneries and time evolutions of stochastic particle systems. Related topics will also be touched.


Rob van den Berg, CWI and Free University of Amsterdam
Marek Biskup, University of California at Los Angeles
David Brydges, University of British Columbia
Andrea Collevecchio, University D'Annunzio
Burgess Davis, Purdue University
Olle Häggström, Chalmers University of Technology
Remco van der Hofstad, Eindhoven University of Technology and EURANDOM
Mark Holmes, EURANDOM
Vlada Limic, Marseille
Henri Matzinger, Georgia Institute of Technology
Brian Skyrms, University of California
Jeff Steif, Chalmers University of Technology
Masaki Takeshima, Osaka University
Pierre Tarres, University of Oxford
Martin Zerner, University of Tübingen


Wednesday March 29, 2006

09.00-09.05   Opening
09.05-09.55 M. Zerner Excited random walks
10.05-10.55 J. Steif Statistical mechanical systems on complete graphs, infinite  exchangeability and finite extensions
11.05-11.30 Coffee/Tea break  
11.30-12.20 R. van den Berg Self-destructive percolation in the plane
12.30-14.00 Lunch  
14.00-14.50 D. Brydges A combinatorial generalisation of Cramers Rule
15.00-15.50 B. Skyrms Learning to Signal
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea break  
16.30-17.20 O. Häggström Optimization, evolution, and the two kinds of applied mathematics

Thursday March 30, 2006

09.00-09.50 H. Matzinger Some recent developments in the LCS-problem and Optimal Alignment
10.00-10.50 M. Biskup A quenched invariance principle for random walk on percolation clusters
11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea break  
11.30-12.20 B. Davis Vertex reinforced jump processes
12.30-14.00 Lunch  
14.00-14.50 V. Limic Attracting edge: does it happen and if so when?
15.00-15.50 P. Tarres Reinforced Random Walks
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea break  
16.30-17.20 M. Holmes

Senile reinforced random walks

18.15 Conference dinner  

Friday March 31, 2006

09.00-09.50 R. van der Hofstad An expansion for self-interacting random walks
10.00-10.50 M. Takeshima Recurrence of once edge-reinforced random walks with exponential weights on trees
11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea break  
11.30-12.20 A. Collevecchio On the transience of processes defined on trees and other graphs
12.30-13.40 Lunch  


There is no registration fee.



Conference Location

the workshop location is EURANDOM,  Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, Laplace Building, 1st floor, LG 1.105.

EURANDOM is located on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, in the 'Laplacegebouw' building' (LG on the map).  The university is located at 10 minutes walking distance from Eindhoven railway station (take the exit north side and walk towards the tall building on the right with the sign TU/e).


For those arriving by plane, there is a convenient train connection between Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Eindhoven, with only one change at Duivendrecht. This trip will take about two hours. For more detailed information, please consult the NS travel information pages or see EURANDOM web page location. 

Many low cost carriers also fly to Eindhoven Airport. There is a bus connection to the Eindhoven central railway station from the airport. (Bus route number 401) For details on departure times consult 

The University  can be reached easily by car from the highways leading to Eindhoven (for details, see our route descriptions or consult our map with highway connections


EURANDOM made preliminary group reservations in

hotel Hampshire Inn, Stratumsedijk 23d/f, Eindhoven. Special price single room  82* euro, double room 92* euro(breakfast included)

If you want EURANDOM to make a reservation, indicate the requested nights in the registration page.

For privat bookings we suggest to consult the web pages of the Tourist Information Eindhoven, Postbus 7, 5600 AA Eindhoven.

On the map below, the hotel is indicated by "1".  EURANDOM is located left of "2" in the
LAPLACE Building, First Floor.


March 29-30-31 lunches are being organised; free of costs for all participants, if ordered on the registration form.

On Thursday evening, March 30 there will be a workshop dinner. For non-invitees an amount of 30 euro is requested, to be paid at arrival in cash (preferably exact amount in euros)


For more information please contact Mrs. Lucienne Coolen, workshop officer of  EURANDOM, at

This workshop is sponsored by

SFB 701: Spektrale Strukturen und Topologische Methoden in der Mathematik


Franz Merkl (University of Munich, Silke Rolles (Technical University of Munich,

Last up-dated 25-02-09

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