Participant Testimonials

Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2017

This was my first time at BIRS and I really enjoyed it. Besides the very interesting talks, I found the landscape, facilities (I used the swimming pool), and food really great. Hope to visit you in the future.

Fabrizio Grandoni IDSIA, University of Lugano

On behalf of all the organizers, I would like to thank you personally and all the other staff at BIRS for the flawless support we received before and during our workshop on Approximation Algorithms and Hardness of Approximation (17w5133). Simply every organizational aspect during our week was excellent: the technical support team made recording lectures, and using technical equipment in the lecture rooms easy and efficient. The guest rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable. The main cafeteria is superb and showcases Banff's natural beauty in a spectacular way. The gym and pool are of the highest standards and provide ample opportunity to regenerate during the workshop. We are grateful to you and to BIRS and all the staff for providing us with this opportunity for having this workshop. We had a very productive week at Banff. Among our participants were many of the field's top researchers. Not surprisingly, many of the talks introduced breakthrough results for the first time, and created much buzz. We left plenty of time around talks (as is suggested by BIRS), and this gave colleagues ample time to collaborate. Overall, the environment provided was truly stimulating, and we thank you for providing leadership in such an important endeavour.

Mohammad R. Salavatipour Computing Science, University of Alberta