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2012 Summer School on Concurrency

August 22–29, 2012 | St. Petersburg, Russia

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The 2012 Microsoft Research Russian Summer School on Concurrency and Parallelism in Software was held August 22 to 29, 2012, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, organized in cooperation with ITMO National Research University. An annual Microsoft Research event, the Russian Summer School is intended for PhD and master’s students as well as young scientists. This year, we invited eight of the world’s top experts in concurrency and parallelism to lecture at the school. In addition to lectures, the program included practical sessions and homework.


Important Dates

  • Application deadline: March, 30, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: May 30, 2012 

Invited Speakers and Talk Titles

The following experts in concurrency and parallelism lectured during the school.

Event Chairs

The 2012 school was co-chaired by Dr. Judith Bishop (Microsoft Research) and Dr. Bertrand Meyer (ETHZ and ITMO). The organizing committee chair was Dr. Fabrizio Gagliardi (Microsoft Research).


Peter and Paul Fortress, St. PetersburgPeter and Paul Fortress, St. PetersburgAlthough the school ran from Wednesday August, 22 to Wednesday, August 29, students had Sunday free to explore the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg. Just a few of the local attractions include the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and the Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets).


Bronze Horseman, St. PetersburgBronze Horseman, St. PetersburgApplication

Application is now closed. The application deadline was March, 30, 2012

This Russian Summer School is intended primarily for Russian-speaking students residing in Russia. As an exception, Russian-speaking students who reside outside of the Russian Federation may be considered, provided that they do not require a Russian visa.

A maximum of 60 students were selected on the basis of their curriculum, references from their professors/supervisors, and individual letters of motivation. Microsoft Research provided teaching and full accommodation for free; students only needed to pay for their own travel to Saint Petersburg and return. We encouraged all qualified individuals to apply to the school. Last year, 70 students were selected from more than 500 applicants.

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