Workshop, September 9-22, 2013
Core development of LMFDB pages. Particular goals are completing
all remaining work for L-functions of degree at most 2
and designing pages for Hecke character L-functions.
Development of algorithms for arbitrary-precision and rigorous evaluation
of high-degree L-functions. Our ultimate goal is to allow the user to
evaluate any numerical parameters appearing on LMFDB pages, including
special values, zeros, etc., to guaranteed accuracy and high precision
Confirmed participants and hotel dates
|Samuele Anni, 8-15
||Jennifer Balakrishnan, 15-19
|Volker Braun, 15-18
||Alina Bucur, 10-15
|Fabien Cléry, 8-13
|John Cremona, 8-13 & 16-20
||Paul Dehaye, 8-19
|Lassina Dembele, 15-21
||David Farmer, 8-17
|Ralph Furmaniak, 13-22
||David Harvey, 19-22
|Fredrik Johansson, 16-22
||John Jones, 8-16
||Kiran Kedlaya, 10-15
|Patrick Kuehn, 11-22
||Stefan Lemurell, 10-18
|Pascal Molin, 8-18
||Dave Roberts, 8-14
|Michael Rubinstein, 13-18
||Harald Schilly, 8-17
|Haluk Sengun, 11-14
||Nils Skoruppa, 9-14
|Fredrik Strömberg, 9-15
||Drew Sutherland, 20-22
|Mark Watkins, 14-20
All external participants have reservations at the
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
for the dates listed above (including bookings
for double rooms for those of you travelling with your partner).
All rooms are non-smoking and include free wireless internet,
and we have forwarded all additional requests to the hotel.
Getting to Bristol
From London Heathrow:
The best option is the
National Express bus.
You can try booking your tickets in advance on the website, but you might
have trouble without a UK credit card. However, it is not too expensive
to buy tickets on the day from the central bus station in Heathrow.
You should look up the schedule from Heathrow Airport to the Bristol
Coach Station. There are three stops at Heathrow that you can choose
on the website: T1 & T3, which is the central bus station servicing
terminals 1 to 3, and separate stops for T4 and T5. The latter choices
are for people who know specifically that they are flying into one of
those terminals and are able to purchase their tickets online; otherwise
you should make your way to the central bus station either on foot
(from T1 or T3) or by the airport train (from T4 or T5). By the way,
it is usually a lot cheaper to buy a return coach ticket rather than
two singles, so it pays to look into your return travel at the same time.
On average it takes about one hour from the plane landing to arriving
at the central bus terminal, but more if you have to transfer from
T4 or T5. When buying your ticket in advance, a good rule of thumb
is to add two hours to the scheduled landing time. If you happen to
arrive early and there is an earlier coach available, you can ask the
driver if there is space to take you. On the other hand, if your plane
is delayed then you should go to the desk at the central bus station,
and they will give you a later ticket for a small fee. Also note that
Bristol might not be the final destination listed on the board in the
central bus station; other common destinations for coaches servicing
Bristol are Cardiff and Swansea.
On arrival at Bristol Coach Station, exit the doors at the end nearest
to where the coach lets you off, and follow
these walking directions
to the hotel.
From Bristol Airport:
Exit the terminal, follow the signs to the taxi office under the
canopied walkway, and book a taxi to the hotel. Note that there are
two Marriott hotels in Bristol; yours is the Bristol Marriott Royal,
next to College Green. You can pay in advance by card, but if necessary
there is an ATM in the airport lobby.
From Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station:
these walking directions.
From the hotel to Howard House:
these walking directions.
Howard House is the building at the corner of Queens Avenue and Elmdale
Road. If the guard is not present in the lobby when you arrive then
ring the buzzer for the 4th floor. From the lobby,
take the elevator up to 4.
As at past LMFDB workshops, we will discuss specific objectives at the
beginning of each week and work out the detailed schedule as we go.
We plan to operate on a basic 9-5 work day, but all participants will
be supplied with key cards permitting access at any time.
Coffee and tea will be provided each day at 9:30am and 3pm.
Some things to do in Bristol
Here are a few things to do while thinking about how to improve the LMFDB:
- For those around at the end of the workshop, you'll have a chance to
see all 80 Gromits
if you have no idea what the previous sentence means.)
- There is a sightseeing bus that goes around Clifton and surrounding
areas. You pay 12 pounds the first time you board the bus and can use
the ticket for the rest of the day. See
- Bristol's most famous landmark is the
Clifton suspension bridge.
Here are some
walking directions from Howard House.
(These direct you to the bridge office/museum on the far side. The closer
side is a good place to stop for a view and a picnic.)
- Bristol Cathedral,
located next to the hotel, is worth a visit.
- You can take a boat tour of the Bristol harbour; just get on from
the plaza down the hill from the hotel and buy a return ticket.
The harbour boats offer easy access to the
SS Great Britain.