SPARS 2015

Signal Processing with Adaptive Sparse Structured Representations

July 6-9, 2015, Cambridge, UK.

Local Information


Great Hall of Trinity CollegeAll the talks will happen at Robinson College in the Auditorium . Coffee breaks and lunches will be served in the main dining hall of the College or in the Garden restaurant.

Robinson College is located at Grange Road in Cambridge, and is on the Uni-4 bus route, but, when arriving by train, it is necessary to get another bus from the railway station to the central bus station first. It is easiest to get a taxi direct from Cambridge railway station to Robinson College.

The workshop banquet will be held on Tuesday 7th July in the Great Hall of Trinity College, which is located approximately 10 minutes walk to the east of Robinson College. It is reached via Burrell's Walk and Garret Hostel Lane, and then turning left into Trinity College just after crossing the river Cam over Garret Hostel Bridge. Alternatively Trinity College can be entered via its main entrance (the Great Gate) on Trinity Street. The college porters (usually in black bowler hats) will provide directions to the Hall. To avoid confusion, note that 'Trinity Hall' is another college which is separate from Trinity College and is not the location of the banquet.

Getting to Cambridge

Cambridge is only 60 miles (100 km) north from central London. There are frequent (two per hour) direct train connections between London Kings Cross station and Cambridge station, and the trip takes 50 to 55 minutes. There are also train services once per hour direct from London Stansted airport to Cambridge - journey time about 40 minutes. London Kings Cross station is adjacent to London St Pancras station (5 minutes walk) which is the terminus for Eurostar trains from Paris, Lille and Brussels - journey times 2 to 2.5 hours via the Channel Tunnel.

There are train and bus services from all the other London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and City) but journey times can be quite a lot longer than from Stansted. Trains are usually quicker than buses, but will involve one or more connections. See for detailed train information and bookings, and for buses.

Accomodation (Robinson College or Hotels)

Limited accomodation has been reserved for SPARS attendees at Robinson College and will be priced at around GBP 70 per night, significantly below that of typical hotels in the Cambridge area. Please see the video at the Robinson College conference website for lecture theatre, catering and accomodation details. Rooms at Robinson College should be booked as part of the online registration process . Please address any queries to the SPARS Conference Office (Laura Reed at

There are a number of hotels within about 20 minutes walking distance of the workshop venue at Robinson College, which may be booked through websites such as etc:

  • Double Tree by Hilton
  • Cambridge City Hotel
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro
  • Royal Cambridge Hotel
  • Lensfield Hotel
  • University Arms Hotel
  • Varsity Hotel and Spa
  • Arundel House Hotel
  • Regent Hotel
  • Gonville Hotel (Best Western)
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