Random Combinatorial Structures

An international conference on random methods in combinatorics

April 21st to 22nd, 2007

Random Combinatorial Structures is a conference associated with the 11th Annual Rowlee Lecture, to be given by Béla Bollobás on April 20th, 2007. The conference will bring together many prominent researchers in the field of probabilistic combinatorics. The main purpose of this meeting is to create an environment in which interactions and research links between established senior faculty and younger researchers (both graduate students and new Ph.Ds) can flourish. We encourage everyone with an interest in this field to attend. Thanks to support from the NSF we will provide lodging and travel support for graduate students and recent Ph.Ds.

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Here is a tentative schedule of talks at RCS. The conference is associated with the Rowlee public lecture by Béla Bollobás on Friday, April 20 at 4pm.

8:30-9:30 Catherine Yan
9:30-10:30 Paul Balister
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-12:00 Zoltán Füredi
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Joshua Cooper
2:30-3:30 Alan Frieze
3:30-4:00 Coffee
4:00-5:00 Boris Pittel
5:00-6:00 Béla Bollobás
9:00-10:00 Prasad Tetali
10:00-11:00 József Balogh


If you plan to participate in the conference, please let us know by emailing the conference email address: rcs@math.unl.edu.

All participants are asked to email us as early as possible in order to aid our conference planning. There is no registration fee.


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Random Combinatorial Structures

Transportation to Lincoln

To fly into the airport in Lincoln, Nebraska, flights are available from United (via Chicago or Denver) or Northwest (via Minneapolis or Detroit). The taxi ride from the airport to downtown is approximately $15. There are also many flights available in and out of Omaha, which is about an hour's drive from Lincoln. Occasionally you can find flights into Omaha which are significantly less expensive than flights into Lincoln. If you arrive or leave from Omaha, you will either need to rent a car, or use the shuttle service between the Omaha airport and Lincoln. This service, called OMALiNK, has nine connections each direction every day. For details about the shuttle go to the web site http://www.omalink.com/

Getting around Lincoln

  • City Campus Map.
  • Downtown Lincoln and the University.
    You can click on these maps to show more detail.
    Downtown is laid out in a grid, with numbered streets going north-south and lettered streets going east-west. To get from downtown to campus by foot, walk to 12th and R on the grid, then continue walking north (12th St. will be pointed due south) until you get to Avery Hall.
  • If you are driving into Lincoln, you will most likely be coming in from I-80. It will be easiest to take the Downtown Lincoln exit, which gets you onto I-180. I-180 becomes 9th street, and at this point you will be on the grid. If you stay in a hotel, you should be able to find the hotel address on the map listed above.


The weather in Lincoln in April can be quite variable. Most likely it will be very pleasant (high temperatures about 60 degrees (F), lows about 40F), but the standard deviation is high, so be prepared for a variety of interesting weather conditions. The conference organizers take no responsibility for the weather. If you'd like to check the forecast before you leave home, here is a link to a weather forecast.


We list below information about several hotels located in downtown Lincoln, adjacent to the UNL campus; we have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn. If you wish to book a room in any of the hotels you should contact them directly; for the Holiday Inn mention "RCS" to get the conference rate.

  • Town House Mini-Suite Motel: 1744 M Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, approximately one mile (20 minute walk) from campus.
    Roughly $50 per night (plus tax) for single or double.
    Contact for reservations: Call 1-402-475-3000 or 1-800-279-1744, or go to their website.
  • Holiday Inn: 141 N. 9 St., Lincoln, NE 68508, approximately a half mile (10 minute walk) from campus.
    Roughly $80 (plus tax) per night for single or double.
    Contact for reservations: Call 1-402-475-4011 or 1-888-HOLIDAY, or go to their website.
  • Cornhusker Hotel: 333 S. 13 St., Lincoln, NE 68508, approximately a half mile (10 minute walk) from campus.
    Roughly $90 per night.
    Contact for reservations: Call 1-402-474-7474, email reservations@thecornhusker.com, or go to their website.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel: 2040 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, approximately a quarter of a mile from campus.
    Roughly $115 (plus tax) per night.
    Contact for reservations: Call 1-402-474-1111 or 1-800-EMBASSY, or go to their website

Social events (and food):

On Saturday night, there will be a conference party at the Courthouse in the Old Federal Building. Maps will be provided at the conference. Breakfast will be provided at the conference both Saturday and Sunday morning. Coffee will be available throughout the day. There is a wide variety of restaurants serving meals all day in the immediate vicinity of campus, in short walking distance from both the conference and all of the accommodation options.

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