2nd Estonian Summer School in
Computer and Systems Science (ESSCaSS'03)

II Eesti Arvuti- ja Süsteemiteaduse Suvekool (EASTS'03)

Taagepera Castle, August 10-14, 2003.


Background and objectives

Estonian Summer School on Computer and Systems Science is a newly established series of regional summer courses, primarily promoting interdisciplinary education of graduate students specialising in but not limited to computer science, systems engineering, software engineering, mechatronics and artificial intelligence. The pilot event took place in August 2002 and attracted 36 participants (including 21 post-graduate students and 12 lecturers from the University of Tartu and the Tallinn Technical University).

The summer schools are organised by the Estonian Centre of Excellence in Dependable Computing (CDC) and is a joint initiative of the Institute of Cybernetics (Tallinn), the Tallinn Technical University and the University of Tartu for steering and promotion of graduate education in computer science and information technology. The series of summer schools is complementary to a series of international winter schools, also run by CDC. The winter schools started in 1996 and have been focused more narrowly on theoretical research issues in computer science.

Although the first summer school comprised only Estonian post-graduate students, the organisers would encourage PhD students from other countries to participate. The school has a distributed student session - from the submitted presentations a reasonable number (e.g. 10-15) of 20 minutes presentations are selected by the organising committee.

The summer schools have the following main objectives:

  • Experienced lecturers introduce new ideas, approaches and developments related to computers and their usage, including topics in computer science, systems engineering, software engineering, mechatronics, robotics, artificial intelligence;
  • PhD students get an opportunity to present their research results, and receive comments, recommendations, and assessment from their fellow students and lecturers.


The programme of the school consists of short courses by renowned specialists and student sessions.

The list of courses to be presented in ESSCaSS'03 are:

Walter Dosch
University of Luebeck, Germany
Bran Selic
IBM Software Group - Rational Software, Kanata, ON, Canada
Vladimir Vlassov
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

The participants of the school are encouraged to propose short presentations (20 min) and/or posters (details can be found here). The programme will be selected based on abstracts of 300-500 words. Submissions in all of the areas of computer science, systems engineering, software engineering, artificial intelligence, robotics and mechatronics are welcome. Presenting work in progress is encouraged, but so is also presenting work submitted for formal publication elsewhere.


The venue is the newly renovated Taagepera Castle in Southern Estonia close to Latvian border. Taagepera is the southernmost manor in Estonia. The manor is named after the von Stackelbergs who dwelled there from 1674 to 1796. The current main building was built during 1907-1912 and is an example of Jugend style. Nowadays the manor houses a hotel, restaurant and conference center.

Tallinn, Estonia's capital, is famous for its pictoresque medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are direct flights to Tallinn from London, Frankfurt, Paris, Hamburg, Vienna, Moscow, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Prague ferries from Stockholm and Helsinki. From Vilnius, Riga, the Eurolines coach service is the practical travel option. Please check the web page for further travel instrucions.

Travel from Tallinn to Taagepera and back

The bus to Taagepera will leave at 17.00 on August 10 to Taagepera. The journey will take about 3 h. The return bus from Taagepera to Tallinn will leave at 14.30 on August 14 from Taagepera and will reach its destination around 17.30.

Travel guide for those travelling by car

The travel time from
  • Tallinn to Taagepera ~3h (Viljandi - Karksi-Nuia - Ala - Taagepera);
  • Tartu to Taagepera ~1h (Rõngu - Pikasilla - Tõrva - Ala - Taagepera);
  • Riga to Taagepera ~3h (Riga - Valka - Valga - Tõrva - Ala - Taagepera);


Important dates:
  • Registration deadline: June 7, 2003.
  • Notification: June 16, 2003.
  • Participation fee is due: June 25, 2003. (details below)
The registration is closed.

Those students who wish to give a presentation should submit an abstract of their talk using the registration form. The length of the abstract should be 300-500 words.

The participation fee is 220 EUR (3400 EEK) and that includes school materials, full board and lodging for the duration of the summer school and transportation to and from Tallinn by bus.

Participants from Tallinn Technical University and University of Tartu may be able to get their costs paid by their universities and are expected to contact their supervisors about this.

For participants from abroad, there is a limited number of grants available that cover the participation fee. To apply for a grant, please contact the organizers by email.

The bank transfer with the registration fee of 220 EUR (3400 EEK) should be performed using the following credentials:

ESSCaSS 2003 Participants name
Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn Technical University
Akadeemia tee 21
12618 Tallinn

Account no. 221007122812
Liivalaia 8
15040 Tallinn
(Please bring the receipt with you.
NB! All transaction costs should be paid by the payer.)


  • eVikings II - Establishment of the Virtual Centre of Excellence for IST RTD in Estonia;
    FP5 IST accompanying measures project IST-2001-37592.
  • Estonian Information Technology Foundation (via the Tiger University programme).
  • Ministry of Science and Education (via the centres of excellence in research programme).


Chair: Jaan Penjam (Institute of Cybernetics)
Members: Juhan-Peep Ernits (Institute of Cybernetics),
Sven Laur (University of Tartu),
Merik Meriste (University of Tartu),
Leo Mõtus (Tallinn Technical University),
Tarmo Uustalu (Institute of Cybernetics),
Jüri Vain (Tallinn Technical University).


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