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Call for papers

The symposium, which alternates with the Algorithms and Data Structures Symposium (WADS), is a forum for researchers in the area of design and analysis of algorithms and data structures. We invite submissions of papers presenting original research on algorithms and data structures in all areas, including but not limited to approximation algorithms, parameterized algorithms, computational biology, computational geometry, distributed algorithms, external-memory algorithms, exponential algorithms, graph algorithms, online algorithms, optimization algorithms, randomized algorithms, streaming algorithms, string algorithms, sublinear algorithms, and algorithmic game theory.

Contributors must submit their papers using the Easychair system. Submissions must be of at most 12 pages using 11 point or larger font and with reasonable line spacing and margins. Additionally, a clearly marked appendix may be included; this appendix will not be regarded as part of the submission and will be considered only at the discretion of the program committee. Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work. At the time the paper is submitted to the symposium, and for the entire review period, the paper (or essentially the same paper) must not be under review by any other conference with published proceedings or by a scientific journal. At least one author of every accepted paper is expected to register and present the paper at the symposium. Symposium proceedings will be published in the "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" (LNCS) series of Springer.

A prize will be awarded to the author(s) of the best student-authored paper. A paper is eligible if all of its authors are full-time students at the time of submission. This must be indicated in the submission process.


Conference venue

SWAT 2012 will be organised in Helsinki, Finland.

The venue is the Main Building of the University of Helsinki, in the middle of downtown Helsinki. SWAT is co-located with CPM 2012, the 23rd Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (3–5 July 2012).

See local information for more details; maps and floor plans are also available.


SWAT is co-located with CPM 2012, the 23rd Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (3–5 July 2012). A registration to SWAT 2012 gives you access to all technical sessions and keynote talks in both SWAT 2012 and CPM 2012.

Registration fees:

Early (until 16 May 2012)Late (from 17 May 2012)
Regular250 EUR350 EUR
Student150 EUR250 EUR

Student registrations: A proof of current full-time student status must be provided concurrently with the registration by sending scanned copies of official documents in PDF to Please use the subject line "Proof of student status" and the exact e-mail address you have provided when registering.

What is included: The registration fee includes

In the registration system, you will select your primary conference—SWAT or CPM. For the selected primary conference, the registration fee includes

The registration fee does not include any lunches. See the conference programme for more information.

Registration system: The registration system opens on 9 April 2012. The system is shared by both SWAT 2012 and CPM 2012. Choose SWAT 2012 as the primary conference to have the SWAT proceedings and the SWAT social programme.

The eAGE transaction system of Aalto University is used to process the conference registrations. Payments are processed through the Finnish card payment service provider Luottokunta. The following credit cards are accepted:

Only credit card payments are accepted. In particular, it is not possible to pay with cash, cheque, or bank transfer (with the exception of Finnish bank account holders who may use secure online payment). On-site registration is not encouraged and is possible only with a valid credit card.


To contact the SWAT 2012 organisers, you can email

Program committee:

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SWAT alternates with WADS and has been held biennially since 1988.

  1. SWAT 1988: Halmstad, Sweden
  2. SWAT 1990: Bergen, Norway
  3. SWAT 1992: Helsinki, Finland
  4. SWAT 1994: Aarhus, Denmark
  5. SWAT 1996: Reykjavík, Iceland
  6. SWAT 1998: Stockholm, Sweden
  7. SWAT 2000: Bergen, Norway
  8. SWAT 2002: Turku, Finland
  9. SWAT 2004: Humlebæk, Denmark
  10. SWAT 2006: Riga, Latvia
  11. SWAT 2008: Gothenburg, Sweden
  12. SWAT 2010: Bergen, Norway
  13. SWAT 2012: Helsinki, Finland
  14. SWAT 2014: Copenhagen, Denmark

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