On July 6, 2017, we will celebrate Manfred Warmuth‘s 60th birthday in a tribute to his many outstandingly influential contributions to the COLT community. The day will start with a special activity in the morning, followed by invited talks in the afternoon. The event is open to all COLT attendees. Watch this space for further details.


10:00 11:00 Morning activity in Oosterpark
11:00 13:30 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 17:50 Invited talks at conference venue

Afternoon program: Invited talks

The invited talks will be held in the Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, room D1.08.

13:30 13:45 Peter Auer (opening remarks)
13:45 14:10 Jake Abernethy
14:10 14:35 Mark Herbster
14:35 15:00 Gunnar Rätsch
15:00 15:25 Yoav Freund and Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi
15:25 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 16:25 Wouter Koolen
16:25 16:50 Volodya Vovk
16:50 17:35 Manfred Warmuth
18:00 20:00 COLT welcome reception

The organizers of the afternoon program: Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi, Yoav Freund, David Helmbold and Robert Schapire.

Morning program: Water rocket salute

A celebration involving Manfred would not be complete without an epsilon-crazy outdoor activity.

Manfred launches water rockets
What would Manfred do?

In the morning of ManfredFest we will have a Water Rocket Salute in honor of Manfred’s birthday. This will take place between 10:00 and 11:00 on the large lawn of the Oosterpark (which is easily reached in 15 mins by tram 9 from the conference venue).

We invite people to build and bring their own water rocket. This is not hard, see these easy instructions:

  • Basic water rocket
  • Fancy water rocket
  • Get the organizers in trouble water rocket
  • We will build a few ourselves and arrange for the required bicycle pumps and water buckets.

    We hope that everyone will come watch, and that those particularly inspired by Manfred will build one at home for the occasion. In any case this will be fun and exciting.

    For questions
    contact the COLT local arrangement chairs.

    Directions to Oosterpark

    The rocket salute will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 on the large lawn of the Oosterpark. Assuming you are near the COLT conference venue, take tram 9 from stop Spui (Rokin), Amsterdam to stop Eerste van Swindenstraat, Amsterdam. Plan your journey with google maps.