XX Brazilian School of Probability

ICMC/USP, São Carlos, SP, July 4 – 9, 2016

The year 2016 marks the twentieth edition of the Brazilian School of Probability. Over the years, the EBP series has been instrumental in shaping the directions and interests of Brazilian probabilists, and has contributed to the vigorous growth of our area in the country. Strong international participation has been both a major cause and a positive consequence of these developments. The same is true about the continued support EBP has received from funding agencies and major academic institutions in Brazil.

As in previous years, the 2016 EBP will consist of five and a half days of minicourses, plenary talks, contributed talks and poster sessions, all presented in a relaxed atmosphere. This will be our first edition in the São Carlos Campus of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), which is home to one of Brazil’s top ranked Mathematics departments.

Conference Venue

The 2016 EBP will be held in the “Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computacao” at the University of São Paulo at São Carlos. Please check the map below for the exact location (in red). Some nearby hotels are also marked; those marked green have a special EBP fare. 



Plenary Speakers


Group Picture





Registration fee up to June 01st

Researchers and Professors (Ph.D’s) R$ 320.00
Students (Master and Ph.D) R$ 220.00

Registration fee after to June 01st

Researchers and Professors (Ph.D’s) R$ 500.00
Students (Master and Ph.D) R$ 350.00

Local and Scientific committee

Local committee:

Daniel Ahlberg (IMPA)
Paulo Faria da Veiga (ICMC/USP) – coordinator
Sandro Gallo (UFSCar)
Manuel Alejandro González Navarrete (USP)

Scientific committee:

Ines Armendariz (UBA)
Eric Cator (Radboud University)
Maria Eulália Vares (UFRJ)
Paulo Faria da Veiga (ICMC/USP) – coordinator
Roberto Imbuzeiro Oliveira (IMPA) – coordinator
Bernardo Nunes Borges de Lima (UFMG)
Leandro Pimentel (UFRJ) – coordinator
Daniel Remenik (Universidad de Chile)
Luiz Renato Fontes (IME/USP) – coordinator
Ofer Zeitouni (Weizmann/NYU)

Plenary Talks

Daniel Ahlberg (IMPA & Uppsala University)
Random coalescing geodesics in first-passage percolation

Ricardo Fraiman (U. de la República)
Set estimation from reflected Brownian motion

Simon Griffiths (Oxford/PUC-Rio)
Quenched Voronoi Percolation and related Noise

Marcelo Hilário (UFMG)
Independent bond percolation on Z2 with one-dimensional inhomogeneities

Florencia Leonardi (USP)
Neighborhood selection for discrete Markov random fields on graphs

Pierre Nolin (ETH Zurich)
Frozen percolation in two dimensions

Fraydoun Rezakhanlou (UC Berkeley)
Periodic Orbits for Stationary Hamiltonian Systems


Miklos Rácz (Microsoft Research)
Basic models and questions in statistical network analysis

Serguei Popov (Unicamp)
Lyapunov functions for countable Markov chains

Contributed Talks


Short Contributed Talks

Short Contributed

Students Poster Presentation

Students Poster

Poster Session

Poster Session

Call for contributed talks and posters

Deadline: May 10th, 2016.

EBP 2016 will feature poster sections and a limited number of short contributed talks on probabilistic subjects. Interested participants are welcome to submit an abstract following the instructions below.

1. You must be registered at EBP prior to sending your abstract.

2. Submissions should be sent to ebp@impa.br by May 10th, 2016. The body of your email message should contain your name and affiliation, the title of the submitted work, and whether you would like to give an oral presentation. A LaTex source file (in standard format) containing name, affiliation, title and abstract should be attached to the email, along with a pdf generated from the source file.

3. Acceptance for each category of presentation will be communicated by 25th. As noted above, the number of talks is limited and the selection will be done by the organizers. All presentations deemed relevant for EBP which are not selected for oral presentation will be accepted as posters.

List of Registered Participants


Financial support

The organization of the School has a limited number of fellowships for researchers and students. The deadline to apply for financial support is May 1st, 2016, with answers to be out by June 1st, 2016. All applicants should fill in the registration form.

Students applying for financial support should also submit a short Curriculum vitae to ebp@impa.br, with the words *Support (last name)* in the subject lime. They should also arrange for two letters of recommendations to be sent directly to that email address, with the same subject.

Suggested Accommodations

There is a wide variety of hotels in São Carlos, most of which are listed in www.booking.com and similar websites. We list below some recommended hotels that are within walking distance from ICMC/USP and offer discounted rates for EBP participants.

Hotels with special rates for EBP participants (up to June 10th)

The following hotels have kindly blocked some rooms at reduced prices for EBP participants. If interested, please contact one of the hotels directly to book your room. In order to pay the special conference rate, you must mention that you are an EBP participant at ICMC/USP when making your reservation.

Important: prices and conditions are only guaranteed up to June 10th, and will be subject to availability after that date.

Hotel Anacã
800 m from conference venue
40 blocked rooms
Single rooms: R$ 174,00 + 2% per night
Double rooms: R$ 205,00 + 2% per night

Hotel Indaia Residence
650 m from conference venue
15 blocked rooms
Single rooms: R$ 132,00 per night
Double rooms: R$ 160,00 per night
Triple rooms: R$ 192,00 per night

Hotel Indaiá
210 m from conference venue
12 blocked rooms
Single rooms: R$ 124,00 per night
Double rooms: R$ 148,00 per night
Triple rooms: R$ 176,00 per night

São Carlos Othon Suítes
550 m from conference venue
20 blocked rooms
Single rooms: R$ 140,00 + 2% per night
Double rooms: R$ 160,00 + 2% per night


São Carlos can be reached by taxi or shared shuttle services from the main airports in the São Paulo metropolitan area (VCP and GRU). Other transportation alternatives are as follows.

Coach bus service between São Paulo and São Carlos

São Carlos can be reached via regular coach bus service from the São Paulo bus station (Rodoviária). An Airport Shuttle direct line connects all major airports in São Paulo to the Rodoviária, which is also accessible by subway. Once there, look for the booths of the bus companies COMETA and EMPRESA CRUZ. Tickets cost around 55 reais and travel time is around 3.5 hours. Coach buses usually make some stops on the way to Sao Carlos. If you temporarily leave your bus at a stop, please pay attention to its number and make sure you reboard the correct bus. All our recommended hotels are within walking distance from the São Carlos bus station.

Conference bus from Rio de Janeiro

A conference bus is available at no cost for registered participants leaving from or returning to Rio de Janeiro.

* From Rio de Janeiro to São Carlos: July 3rd, 2016 at 09:00 (departs from IMPA)
* From São Carlos to Rio de Janeiro: July 9th, 2016 at 13:00 (departs from conference venue ICMC/USP)

If interested, please fill out the form at http://goo.gl/forms/meHvsFfSWH55Nbti1 and await for confirmation from the conference organizers.You must fill out this form and provide all the required information in order to use these buses.

Sponsors and Supporting Institutions


Visa Information

The Brazilian visa system operates under a strict reciprocity policy. That means that all citizens from countries which require visas from Brazilians will have to obtain visas to attend the conference. Beware that to attend a scientific conference in Brazil a tourist visa suffices. Source: Consulate General of Brazil

Foreign participants should get in touch with the nearest Brazilian Consulate (click on the map) to find out whether a visa is required.
Here you find the list of nationalities that are exempt from this requirement, see also the official Ministry of Tourism page, that includes the whole of the European Union and Mercosur. Those who do need visa should note that a tourist visa suffices for the conference attendance; for more information about Brazil, visit the official Brazilian Institute of Tourism website.

In case you need an invitation letter, please contact us: dac@impa.br

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