18.-22. November 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia


UTOPIAE Winter of Code

25.-29. November 2019
Trieste, Italy


UTOPIAE Global Virtual Workshop II

The second UTOPIAE Global Virtual Workshop will be organised by the Jožef Stefan Institute between 18th-22nd November 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This workshop will be specifically focused on the UTOPIAE topics, related to programming and optimization.

Optimisation in Space Engineering

Concurrent event OSE5 (5th Workshop on Optimisation in Space Engineering), organized by European Space Agency, the University of Strathclyde, the Jožef Stefan Institute and ESTECO. The goal of the OSE initiative is to provide a forum for space companies, universities, research institutes and organisations to discuss recent advances in space technology and further research in the area of optimisation in space engineering. It will take place on 21st-22nd November 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

UTOPIAE Winter of Code

The workshops will be followed by the UTOPIAE Winter of Code competition, which will be held in Trieste, Italy from 25th-29th November 2019 and hosted by ESTECO. The ESRs will also present their work within the PWGs.



PDF version of the agenda is available here

Detailed agenda - week 1


November 18th 2019 (GVW-II)
8:50-9:00 Welcome
9:00-10:30 Introduction to Algorithms - Sorting (Nino Bašič)
11:00-12:30 Introduction to Programming with Python (Luka Fuerst)
14:00-15:30 Introduction to Mobile Sensing (Veljko Pejović)
16:00-17:30 Introduction to Parallel and Distributed Computing (Uroš Lotrič)
November 19th 2019 (GVW-II)
9:00-10:30 Cloud Computing (Aleš Zamuda)
11:00-12:30 Full-Stack Web Development (Dejan Lavbič)
14:00-15:30 Introduction to Agile Software Development (Dario Campagna)
16:00-17:30 Continuous improvement through scientific thinking (Dario Campagna)
November 20th 2019 (GVW-II)
9:00-10:30 Introduction to Test Driven Development - Part 1 (Dario Campagna)
11:00-12:30 Introduction to Test Driven Development - Part 2 (Dario Campagna)
13:30-15:30 Visit to high school & UTOPIAE presentations
16:00-17:30 How agile can impact on your work? (Dario Campagna)
November 21st 2019 (OSE5)
8:30-9:00 registration
9:00-9:50 Keynote talk (Cèlia Yábar Vallès)
9:50-10:30 Session on distributed optimisation tools
11:00-12:30 Session on space exploration and decision making
14:00-15:30 Session on optimisation techniques under uncertainty
16:00-17:00 Panel discussion
17:00-18:30 Session on optimal control
19:45-21:30 Social Dinner
November 22nd 2019 (OSE5)
9:00-9:50 Keynote talk (Edmondo Minisci)
9:50-10:30 Session on Optimal Control
11:00-12:30 Session on Optimal Control
14:00-15:30 Session on Optimisation of Space System
16:00-17:00 Panel discussion
17:00-18:30 Session on Optimisation for Aerospace Systems and Manufacturing

Detailed agenda - week 2

Winter of Code

November 25th 2019 (WoC)
9:15-9:30 Welcome
9:30-10:00 What It Takes to Craft a Software Product - The ESTECO Example (Paolo Vercesi)
10:00-11:00 VOLTA Workshop (Luca Battaglia, Matteo Francia)
11:15-13:00 VOLTA Workshop (Luca Battaglia, Matteo Francia)
14:00-15:00 VOLTA Workshop (Luca Battaglia, Matteo Francia)
15:00-16:00 Programming session
16:15-18:00 Programming session
November 26th 2019 (WoC)
9:15-9:30 Stand-up meeting
9:30-11:00 Programming session
11:15-13:00 Programming session
14:00-16:00 Programming session
16:15-18:00 Programming session
November 27th 2019 (WoC)
9:15-9:30 Stand-up meeting
9:30-11:00 Programming session
11:15-13:00 Programming session / UTOPIAE lecture at the University of Trieste
14:00-16:00 Programming session
16:15-18:00 Programming session
19:30-22:00 Social Dinner
November 28th 2019 (WoC)
9:15-9:30 Stand-up meeting
9:30-11:00 Programming session
11:15-13:00 Programming session
14:00-16:00 Programming session / Final presentation preparation
16:15-18:00 Final presentation preparation
November 29th 2019 (WoC)
9:15-11:00 Final presentations
Students and professors from Trieste University, Engineering and Architecture Department, are invited to participate
11:15-13:00 Award ceremony & Closing remarks
Bus Schedule:

Only few bus options are available to reach the venue at the appointed time. Please check the Transfer from Trieste center to Area Science Park section below.


week 1

Jožef Stefan Institute

Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

week 2


Area Science Park, Building B, Padriciano 99
IT-34149 Trieste


week 1

By Plane

The nearest airport Jože Pučnik Airport is located 30km from Ljubljana. Recommended way to get to Ljubljana is by shuttle (9€), but there are also other options like bus, taxi (30-40€) or rent-a-car. All the information is available here.

Other airports:

  • Marco Polo Airport Venezia (230km from Ljubljana)
  • Zagreb Airport (150km from Ljubljana)
  • Trieste Airport (130km from Ljubljana)
  • Klagenfurt Airport (130km from Ljubljana)

All these airports are also accessible by shuttle bus.

By Train

There are direct train connections from many European cities.

Transfer in Ljubljana


Taxi to the meeting venue from anywhere in Ljubljana should cost between 5 and 10€.

Public transport

If you wish to make us of city bus, you need to purchase the Urbana public transport card – purchase of the ticket on the bus is not possible! The Urbana card is available from LPP ticket office at the main bus station, tourist information centres, most of city's newspaper kiosks and post offices and also at the green Urbanomat ticket machines located across the city, mostly next to the bus stops (the machines accept both cash and credit cards). The card costs 2,00€ and can store up to 50€ of credit to be spent on city bus fares. The card can be topped up with cash at all the above-mentioned sales points. 90 minutes long ride costs 1.20€.

Bus stops near the venue:

Map of city bus routes.

week 2

By Plane

The nearest airport is Trieste Airport, located at about 40 km from the city center. Other nearby airports are Venice Marco Polo (151 km), Treviso Airport (147 km) and Ljubljana airport in Slovenia (121 km). The city can be reached from Trieste Airport by train (station Trieste Airport, see timetable), by bus (line E51, see timetable), by taxi or by convenient shuttle services like Science bus and GoOpti which require to be booked in advance. From Marco Polo airport, the city can be reached with a combination of bus and train or by booking in advance the GoOpti shuttle service. From Ljubljana airport, the GoOpti shuttle service is the best option.

By Train

Trenitalia, the Italian national train service, operates frequent services between Trieste and several major cities in Italy with a direct international connection to Ljubljana (Slovenia). For more information, please have a look at their website.

Transfer from Trieste center to Area Science Park

Area Science Park is located in Padriciano, at about 10 km from the city center. It can be conveniently reached by public transportation with the bus line 51 (see timetable). Please note that it is not the airport bus even if the number is the same. Please note that the bus service is not available at regular intervals and there are only few options to reach Area Science Park before the start of morning sessions. Therefore we strongly recommend the options in the table below. Please don’t be late!

Line 51, morningDepartureArrival
From Trieste Central Train Station to Area Science Park8:108:30
Line 51, afternoonDepartureArrival
From Area Science Park to Trieste Central Train Station18:1018:40

Tickets must be purchased before boarding in automatic machines located near the bus stops or news vendors. Upon boarding, the ticket must be validated. The trip takes between 20 and 30 minutes, with Padriciano Area Science Park as the last stop. Please note that Area Science Park has another campus located in Basovizza, do not go down there! Area Science Park in Padriciano can also be reached by taxi.

The lecture room is located in the Area Science Park Congress Center, Building C (see map).


>>>>> The most convenient way to transfer from Ljubljana to Trieste is by GoOpti or FlixBus. >>>>>