WAFR 2014

The Eleventh International Workshop on the
Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics
3-5 August 2014, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey





Boğaziçi University

Its history, institutional culture and location make Boğaziçi University a unique university worldwide. Boğaziçi University is a public university located on the European side of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey. It has four faculties and two schools offering undergraduate degrees, and six institutes offering graduate degrees. Founded in 1863, it is the first American higher education institution founded outside the United States, having strong ties to the American educational system through Robert College.


Many of the University’s buildings are located on its South Campus, with the Bosphorus and the historical castle of Rumelihisar as its boundary to the east. This campus encompasses the oldest buildings of the University. The North Campus, Hisar Campus, and Uçaksavar Campus host the relatively recently acquired facilities and are at walking distances from South Campus. The Kandilli Campus, housing the observatory, is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Sarıtepe Campus, near Kilyos on the Black Sea coast is 34 km from South Campus.

Vedat Yerlici Conference Center

The conference will be held in Vedat Yerlici Conference Center. It is located in the Engineering Building in the South Campus.

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Access to Venue

Boğaziçi University is very close to Etiler which is a district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey, and officially a quarter within the borough of Beşiktas, located close to the business districts of Levent and Maslak. Boğaziçi University South Campus can be accessed currently by bus and taxi. An extension to the metro which will connect Boğaziçi University to the main metro network is under construction, and is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2014.

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Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart. With a population of 13.9 million, the city forms one of the largest cities in Europe and is the second-largest city in the world by population within city limits.

Istanbul, with its unique position that connects Asia and Europe, is one of the most important cities on earth. The Bosphorus Strait on which it is positioned is a connecting point of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas to the south, and of the Black Sea and the Danube, Dnieper and Don rivers to the north. Istanbul has always been a junction of trade. Dense and rich forests lie along the northern side of the city, endemic fruits and vegetables flourish in its fertile land, migrating birds and vast fish migrations make Istanbul a habitat for wildlife. What makes Istanbul privileged, and enfolds it with an extraordinary beauty compared to other cities, is probably the vibrant landscape along the Bosphorus. Seasons in Istanbul are generally moderate, thus rendering the city comfortably liveable year-round, yet one can certainly enjoy sunbathing in the hot summer sun, and sometimes winter can bring a cover of snow. With spring comes a feast of purple redbuds along the Bosphorus shores and an array of colorful flowering trees throughout the city. With the arrival of autumn mists, the city retains a more romantic appearance. Istanbulis the largest and most important city of Turkey that may be regarded as the leading open-air museum of Turkish culture.

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