Universidad de Cartagena Cra. 6 No. 36-100, de la Universidad, Calle Cartagena,, Cartagena, Bolívar.
Open to all registered participants.
Traditional “Chiva” bus tour: Bocagrande, Cartagena Bay, Monument of the Old Shoes, “La Popa” Monastery, San Felipe Castle –entrance included-, old vaults. . Open to all registered participants (no extra fee), confirmation is compulsory.
The meeting point is at 2:30pm at the old vaults “Las Bovedas Artesanales” There are limited places available, so please return a form included in the registration package to the registration desk as soon as possible. Forms will only be received until 5:00 pm on the first day of the conference (Wednesday June 15, 2016).
Open to all registered participants (dinner fee US$25, COP$75,000), confirmation is compulsory (fill out form on the 1st day of the conference).
The congress dinner will be held in the Restaurant-Bar “El Baluarte San Francisco Javier” located on walls of the historic city center in front of the naval museum and diagonal to hotel Charleston Santa Teresa (see the map). The congress dinner is not included in the conference fee. The cost of the congress dinner is COP$75,000 or US$27. The dinner fee includes: bar entrance, coconut lemonade, soft-drink or water, a main dish (grilled tenderloin or grilled vegetables) with a side dish, chocolate cake, live music and fantastic views. Alcoholic drinks are not included.
There are limited places available. Forms will only be received until 5:00 pm on the first
day of the conference (Wednesday June 15, 2016).
Rethinking the FIFA World Cup final draw
Bloomberg LP. New York, US
The soccer World Cup is the most popular sporting event in the world, even more widely viewed and followed than the Olympic Games. In this talk, we critically examine a number of flaws in the current procedure for the final draw of this tournament: imbalance (the eight groups are not of the same competitive level), unfairness (some teams have a greater chance than others of ending up in a tough group), and uneven distribution (all the possible outcomes of the draw are not equally likely). These flaws result from the way FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, has decided to enforce the geographic constraints that they put on the draw. We explain how, by building eight pots by level organized in an S-curve, and drawing first a continental distribution of the groups and then the teams, we can enforce the geographic constraints without sacrificing balance, fairness, and even distribution. As a result, we describe a new tractable draw procedure that produces eight balanced and geographically diverse groups, is fair to all teams, and gives equally likely outcomes. Monte Carlo simulations demonstrate the superiority of the proposed method over the current system in terms of balance, fairness, and even distribution.