Geometric Data Processing Group

Optimal Transport: Advances and Applications


The workshop has been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19.


This workshop aims to foster collaboration between theoreticians in optimal transport and applied researchers that use optimal transport in machine learning, scientific computing, and other domains. OTAA is an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and interact with colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds, institutions, and areas of interest.


The talks and tutorials at the workshop are open to the general public. If you plan to attend other parts of the conference or are joining us from outside the MIT neighborhood, please register here: Registration.

We will cover travel and accommodation for everyone scheduled to give a talk at the conference.

Funding is also available to support travel and housing for workshop attendees, with preference to students and postdocs; please indicate on the registration form if you wish to be considered for this support, and we will follow up with budgeting information.


The conference will be held at the Samberg Conference Center and the Stata Center, both on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.

Tentative schedule:

We will continue to add items to the schedule as our invited speakers confirm.

Monday, May 18 (Samberg Conference Center)
9:30am-10:30am Talk: Katy Craig
10:30am-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am-12:00pm Talk: Quentin Berthet
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm Talk: Stefanie Jegelka
2:00pm-2:30pm Coffee Break
2:30pm-4:00pm Tutorial Session #1
Tuesday, May 19 (Samberg Conference Center)
9:30am-10:30am Talk: Lénaïc Chizat
10:30am-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am-12:00pm Open Problem Session #1
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm Talk: Robert McCann
2:00pm-2:30pm Coffee Break
2:30pm-4:00pm Student Talks #1 (3x)
Wednesday, May 20 (Stata Center)
9:30am-10:30am Talk: Youssef Marzouk
10:30am-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am-12:00pm Tutorial Session: Jean Feydy
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-? Outing
Thursday, May 21 (Stata Center)
9:30am-10:30am Talk: Bruno Levy
10:30am-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am-12:00pm Open Problem Session #2
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm Student Talks #2 (3x)
2:30pm-3:00pm Coffee break
4:00pm-5:00pm Poster Session
6:30pm Dinner
Friday, May 22 (Stata Center)
9:30am-10:30am Talk: Facundo Memoli
10:30am-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am-12:00pm Talk: Philippe Rigollet
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

Organizers and support:

This conference is possible thanks to the generous support of the QCRI-CSAIL Computer Science Research Program. The local organizers are:

Feel free to email the organizers with any questions or ideas for conference events.