Second Announcement

Second Announcement

SampTA 2017
Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 7

SampTA 2017 Mini-courses for Doctoral Students
Sunday, July 2 – Tuesday, July 4

Tallinn, Estonia

Scientific Program

We are pleased to introduce our Plenary Speakers

David Gross University of Cologne, Germany
Stephane Jaffard Université Paris-Est, France
Michael Lacey Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jose Principe University of Florida, USA
Justin Romberg Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Amit Singer Princeton University, USA
Sergio Verdu Princeton University, USA
Rene Vidal Johns Hopkins University, USA
Laura Waller University of California, Berkeley, USA
Rachel Ward University of Texas at Austin, USA

and Special Invited Sessions

1) Mathematical data processing with optimization (Afonso Bandeira, Dustin Mixon, Deanna Needell)
2) Bilinear inverse problems (Felix Krahmer, Mahdi Soltanolkotabi)
3) Mathematics of deep learning (Helmut Boelcskei, Philipp Grohs, Miguel Rodrigues)
4) Mathematical theory of quantization (Sjoerd Dirksen, Rayan Saab)
5) Low rank matrix recovery and phase retrieval (Radu Balan, David Gross, Xiaodong Li)
6) Shannon sampling 100 years after his birth (Götz Pfander, Ahmed Zayed)
7) Time-frequency analysis (Karlheinz Gröchenig, Jose Luis Romero)
8) Dynamical sampling (Akram Aldroubi, Jean-Luc Bouchot)
9) Sampling and geometry (Stephen Casey, Gestur Olafsson, Jens Christensen)
10) Frames, nonlinear approximations and Hilbert transform (Akram Aldroubi, Shiv K Kaushik, Sumit Sharma)
11) Spectral estimation and acoustics (Luis Daniel Abreu, Peter Balazs)

The General Session of SampTA 2017 attracted altogether over 140 submissions. The preliminary program will be announced in May after the early registration date.

Mini-courses given on occasion of SampTA 2017 for doctoral students on July 2 – 4, 2017

All participants who

  • submitted the 1-page abstract,
  • attended mini-courses lectures on July 2 and plenary lectures on July 3 – 4,
  • presented her/his (may be co-authored) poster on July 4

will be granted a 5 ECTS certificate from Tallinn University.

Abstract submission deadline is April 25 (look at, registration is open until June 6.

Before and during the conference there will be an opportunity for doctoral students and recent PhD graduates to meet and present their work to each other in an informal manner. Mini-courses will begin on Sunday, July 2, at Tallinn University (Narva Street 29), where three lectures will be given by Ahmed Zayed (De Paul University, USA), Götz Pfander (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany) and Mart Min (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia). Other lectures will be given as joint lectures with SampTA participants on July 3 – 4 including 5 plenary lectures, one of them will be given by Sergio Verdu (Princeton University, USA).
In addition, for participants of Mini-courses there will be a special SampTA poster session dedicated to their Ph.D. or/and research on Tuesday, July 4.
Mini-courses are financed partly by the Estonian Doctoral School of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.
In order to apply for the Mini-courses, please, send a one-page abstract of your thesis to the Local Organizing Committee, Maria Zeltser,, by no later than April 25, 2017. Abstract should be sent along with a cover letter with an information about the applicant including a short description of PhD studies, advisor’s name, institution and e-mail. Applicants will be accepted on competitive basis as the number of participants is limited to 25 persons. Acceptance notice will be posted by May 1, 2017.


Registration for SampTA and Mini-courses

(please visit the registration section of this website, all fees include 20% VAT)

Early registration fee (until May 5, 2017, valid with the hotel reservation) is 260 Euros and covers the conference materials including program and booklet of abstracts, Welcome Party on Monday, Conference Dinner on Thursday, a half-day excursion on Wednesday afternoon and refreshments during the conference.

Late registration fee (from May 6 to June 5, 2017) is 320 Euros.

Fee for accompanying person(s) is 90 Euros and covers Welcome Party on Monday, Conference Dinner on Thursday and a half-day excursion on Wednesday afternoon.

In exceptional cases, you may agree with the local organizers to pay the regular fee in cash on the conference site. All payments must arrive free of charge for the conference.

Cancellation policy: Those participants who cancel their participation by June 5, 2017, will receive full refund minus a handling fee of 25 Euros. No refunds for later cancellations. All refunds will be processed after the conference.

Confirmation: Your registration will be confirmed by email.


Presentations at SampTA 2017

Papers accepted, covered by a full registration and presented at SampTA 2017 as talks or posters will be submitted to IEEE Conference Publications Program (CPP) for publication on IEEE Xplore.

The papers submitted via EDAS, but not accepted by the Technical Program Committee can be presented in a poster session, but without further publication on IEEE Xplore.


Conference Venue

( -> PLAN -> Map of Tallinn)

The conference will take place at Original Sokos Hotel Viru conference centre, Viru väljak 4, Tallinn City-Centre, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia (  The Original Sokos Hotel Viru is located in Tallinn’s city centre, 100 m away from the historical Old Town.



Attention, please: SampTA 2017 is co-sponsored by the Enterprise Estonia ( and as a result, for SampTA 2017 we should have a certain number of overnights of foreign participants. Whatever accommodation you will choose in Tallinn, for booking the room in the hotels listed below or elsewhere, please send the e-mail to the corresponding hotel/guesthouse and CC to the local organizers of SampTA (Andi Kivinukk, with the following information:

name(s), dates of arrival and departure, room type (single or double), reservation code “sampta2017”.

Conference venue is in the central part of Tallinn and close to many hotels. We have pre-booked rooms with reduced prices for time period July (1) 2 – 7 (6-7 nights) in the following nearby hotels: (the list will be updated, look also at

Original Sokos Hotel Viru (conference venue), Viru Väljak 4, 10111 Tallinn (60 rooms, available until May 5)
To get special prices, please book the room from Sokos Hotels official web page using the reservation code BSAMPTA (enter the code in the “Reservation code” field, credit card number is needed, no advance payments).
Don´t forget to enter Tallinn as location and Original Sokos Hotel Viru as hotel.
If any problems, please contact Sokos Hotels Tallinn sales centre for help (+372 6809 300; Please make reservation by 5th May 2017.
–          Standard Class single room with special rate 94 € and twin room 99 € per room, per night
–          Superior Class single room with special rate 114 € and twin room 119 € per room, per night

The hotels Euroopa and Seaport apologize:

In the reservation system the promo code “sampta” is not active, please just write an email to the corresponding address.

Tallinn Hotel Euroopa, Paadi 5, 10151 Tallinn (10 min walk to the conference venue, 50 rooms, available until May 5, but can be extended)

E-mail:, Tel: +372 6699782

–              Single room 83 €, double/twin room 88 €

Tallinn Seaport Hotel, Uus-Sadama 23, 10120 Tallinn (15 min walk to the conference venue, 20 rooms, available until May 5, but can be extended)

E-mail:, Tel: +372 6699784

–              Single room 65 €, double/twin room 70 €

Poska Villa Guesthouse, Jaan Poska 15, 10126 Tallinn (mainly for participants of Mini-courses, 15-20 min walk to the conference venue, available until June 5)

E-mail:, Tel: +372 6013601

–              For time period July 1 – 4 (4 nights): 3 single rooms – 55 €, 1 double room – 85 €

In order to get these special prices, please send an email to, use the acronym sampta2017, probably you will have to pay in advance for one night.


Low-budget accommodations for participants of Mini-courses:

Hotel Dorell, Karu 39, 10120 Tallinn (15 min walk to the conference venue) Phone: +372 6664 333 E-mail:
–          Single standard room 45 (2 rooms)
–          Double/twin standard room 54 (5+6 rooms)
–          Single economy room with shared bathroom among 4 rooms 35 (2 rooms)
–          Twin economy room with shared bathroom among 4 rooms 44 (12 rooms)

Tallinn University Dormitorium (Guesthouse), Karu 17, 10120 Tallinn (15 min walk to the conference venue) (only in Estonian, contact the SampTA local organizers) Phone: +372 6623 751 E-mail:
–          Rooms with 1/2/3 beds 32-42 per room (total sum of beds 28, kitchen, no breakfast)


Nationals of the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national who is a holder of a residence permit of a Schengen state do not need a visa to enter Estonia. The required travel document for entry is a national ID card or passport. For more specific information, please contact the nearest Estonian consulate or embassy, or check the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

Travel to Tallinn

Arriving by Air

Tallinn Airport (Tallinna Lennujaam, is conveniently located at the edge of the town. The conference venue is only about 4 km away. Tallinn offers convenient direct flights to many important European destinations like Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Copenhagen, London, Munich etc.

 Arriving by Ferry

Tallinn is well connected to Helsinki, Finland, via multiple ferries per day (traveling time roughly 2 hours, one way ticket about 30 Euros), look at or

Arriving by Bus

International bus lines (Lux Express and Ecolines, look at offer bus connections between Tallinn and many European cities. Most useful might be Tallinn – Riga (traveling time roughly 4.5 hours, one way ticket about 25 Euros).

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