APROPOS Winter School in Zürich


14 February (Tuesday)

09:00-9:30 Opening /IBM Intro
09:30-10:30 “Low-power multicore solutions for approximation” Luca Benini (UNIBO)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 “Heterogeneous accelerators for AC/TC” Gianna Paulin (ETH)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 “Transprecision computing: State-of-the-art and available tools” Giuseppe Tagliavini (UNIBO)
15:00:15:30 Coffee break
“Compiler-based precision tuning” Giovanni Agosta (POLIMI)

15 February (Wednesday)

09:00-9:30 Arrival
09:30-10:30 “Transprecision floating point units” Luca Bertaccini (ETH)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 “Hardware design for approximate computing” Georgios Karakonstantis (QUB)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 “Sparsity in Deep Learning” Torsten Hoefler (ETH)
15:00:15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:15 “Exploiting adjustable precision in iterative numerical computations” Enrique Quintana Orti (UPV)
16:15-17:15 “Transprecision Communication & FPGA DevOps” Dionysios Diamantopoulos (IBM)
Some break to get to hotels
19:00 Hiltl Dachterrasse

16 February (Thursday)

09:00-9:30 Arrival
09:30-10:30 “The importance of research in open source business” Paolo Savini (EMBECOSM)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 “Quantization techniques for IoT computing at the edge” Manuele Rusci (KU LEUVEN)
12:30-13:30 Lunch + Closing

Hints prepared by Piotr:

Where is the winter school venue?

The venue is in the IBM Research Zürich in Rüschlikon. You should enter the building by the reception block.

The exact location of IBM Research Campus is here

The closest bus stop is Rüschlikon, Säumerstrasse bus 165

Second one is Rüschlikon, Loorain buses 156, 165

The closest train stop is Rüschlikon, Bahnhof trains S8, S24 and you can continue journey with bus 165

More instructions you can find out at IBM Research website.

To get to Zürich

You can travel to Zürich via direct flights.

Or by train from Italy, Germany, Austria, or France

Spending and currency

The currency is the swiss franc. You can pay almost everywhere with card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay


Switzerland is not in the EU, so make sure that you have a roaming packet from your provider.

Medical Attention

In the event of an emergency, call 112. For medical attention, have your EU health card ready or private health insurance (prefered private).

Public transportation

Zürich is a city with a wide range of public transportation options and coverage.

You can check the transportation info at Google Maps, but I would recommend installing the official ZVV app. Where you can search and buy tickets with your mobile. If you prefer buying tickets, there should be a ticket machine at the most of the bus stops (but not all).

If you are going to travel more by public transport you can buy special 24h or 72h tickets in the Zürich City Guide App

Taking public transport

You can travel freely on the same ticket with bus, tram, or train, and trolley. Just make sure that your ticket is valid or you have bought it via the App. During the control you should show the QR code or the valid ticket.

Zürich is divided into zones. During your stay you probably will be traveling between 110 and 150 (or inside 150).

Regional Specialty

Most of the Swiss regional foods is based on the potatos, cheese, and sausages.

Rösti, a famous fried potato dish.

Fondue Melted cheese dish.

Raclette Melted cheese on potatos.

Wiedkril Grilled Bratwurst.

And of course Swiss Chocolate: Lindt & Sprüngli and Läderach


Search Coop and Migros

Also: Denner

Check the opening hours of every shop. As those are usually closed at 8pm or by 9pm.

Places to Visit in Zürich

Tourist office website: Here

  • Top attractions HERE