University of California, Riverside - Department of Mathematics


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General Information:

Groupoidfest 2008 will be held this coming Fall at the University of California, Riverside, on the weekend of November 22-23, 2008.
Most participants will probably arrive on Friday (November 21) and leave on Sunday (November 23) in the afternoon.
Talks will be scheduled for Saturday and Sunday morning.
As has been the tradition, the conference budget of $0 will be evenly split among all participants.
The weather is expected to be nice. Winter has not arrived yet in Riverside. In fact, Fall has not really arrived yet either. The forecast for the weekend is mostly Sunny, with highs around 82, lows around 47, and only a slight chance of rain on Saturday. Bring T-shirts!


Please inform the organizer if you intend to participate in the workshop. Here is the list of participants, and some group photos 1 2 3.

Schedule of Talks and Abstracts:

Groupoidfest talks will commence on the morning of Saturday, November 22, and end at around 1 pm on Sunday, November 23.
There will be a Gfest dinner on Saturday evening. We will go somewhere nice and affordable - Tio's Tacos - rather than fancy.

Here is the list of speakers, talks and abstracts. This is the full conference schedule.

Note: On Friday, November 21, at 3:00 pm, there will be a special colloquium talk at the UC Riverside math department, given by Alan Weinstein from UC Berkeley. All Gfest participants are invited!
At 6:30 pm on Friday we will be going out for a colloquium dinner, and Gfest participants are welcome to join (at their own expense). Reservations for the dinner are required by November 14. We will be going to Mario's Place, an Italian restaurant located at historic downtown Riverside.

Getting to Riverside:


Here are driving directions to the UCR campus, as well as parking information.

Public Transportation:

It is possible to arrive by public transportation from the Los Angeles area. One option is to take the Foothill Transit Silver Streak (Eastbound) to the Montclair Trans Center. From there take the RTA Bus Route 204 to the UC Riverside Campus (via downtown Riverside). Another option is taking the Metrolink Riverside line to downtown Riverside, and then the RTA Bus Route 1 to the UC Riverside Campus.


There are several major airports serving the greater L.A. area which you may want to consider. Ontario airport is the most convenient, offering direct flights to many cities, including hubs of most major airlines.
Ontario International Airport (ONT) - 20 miles, 25 - 50 minutes*
John Wayne International Airport (SNA) - 45 miles, 1 - 1.5 hours*
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 70 miles, 1.5 - 2 hours*
Another option is Palm Springs. For example, there are direct flights to Palm Springs from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) - 55 miles, 1 - 1.5 hours*

*depending on traffic.


A shuttle from ONT to Riverside is about $35 for 1 person one way, and about $10 for any additional person. From LAX or SNA to Riverside a shuttle is about $65 for 1 person one way, and about $10 for any additional person. It is advised to book the shuttle in advance. Here are links to some of the shuttle services from the various airports to Riverside:
Prime Time Shuttles
Super Shuttle
Apollo Shuttle
The following link has more shuttle information, and also includes insturctions for getting from Ontario airport to Riverside by bus.


The On-Campus International Residence Center (IRC) is operated by the UCR Extension Center and offers hotel-like rooms for very affordable rates ($50 for a single room, $25 per person in a shared room). Their availability is limited, so rooms should be reserved well in advance. Please inform the organizer as soon as possible if you wish to stay at the IRC.
Parking at the UCR extension center (where the IRC rooms are located) is available, and requires a parking permit which costs $5/day. Parking on Everton, the street behind the extension center, is free.

The following hotels are located within walking distance of campus, and offer a UCR rate:
Comfort Inn
1590 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 683-6000
Courtyard by Marriott
1510 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 276-1200
Dynasty Suites
3735 Iowa Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 369-8200

For a more luxurious and historically flavored experience, you could consider the Mission Inn, which also offers a UCR rate. However it is not within walking distance from campus.
Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 784-0300

UCR Campus Map:

The math department is located on the second floor of Surge building, which is building number 380 in the UCR Campus Map. Surge building can be found on grid C-6 in this printable version of the UCR Campus Map.


Aviv Censor
Department of Mathematics
University of California, Riverside
Riverside CA 92521
phone: (951) 827-7383