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17th FRUCT Conference: Practical Information

IEEE  IEEE ComSoc EMC   Yaroslavl State University   ITMO University

The 17th conference of the Open Innovations Association FRUCT provides an unmatched collaboration and education forum for all matters Finnish-Russian technological and educational cooperation in ICT. The conference brings together the best and brightest that the Regional communities have to offer, including core developers, administrators, end users, business executives, and operations experts - the best technical talent and the decision makers and industry experts who are involved in the community.

The conference is targeted to scale up cross-border cooperation between ICT experts and mobile developers from Russian and Finland. The conference program consists of 5 full working days. The first 2 days are reserved for trainings and intensive courses.

The main conference program starts on April 22th and continue for 3 days. The program consists of invited lectures provided by industrial and academic experts, community presentations selected from the open call and demos given by the regional groups, invited FRUCT teams and selected from the open call. The key priority of this conference is community development so a lot of attention will be given to creation of cozy environment and possibilities for social interaction.

We warmly welcome you to take part in the conference, use this opportunity to your research finding and development results, find new friends and partners, and help in development of the regional ICT research and education ecosystem. All FRUCT and IEEE members can enjoy free registration to the event. 

How to get to Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl is the administrative center of Yaroslavl region, located in Central Russia, about 250 km to the north-east of Moscow.

The usual way to reach Yaroslavl is by train. The recommended high-speed trains No. 102, 104, 106 with comfortable seats depart from Yaroslavsky railway station in Moscow every day at 7:35, 14:45, and 19:05. The traveling time is about 3.5 hours. There are also many other trains calling at Yaroslavl but they usually take more than 4 hours.

From St.-Petersburg there are sleeper trains 045 and 337/347 departing at 17:11 and 18:14 and arriving at 5:38 and 6:49. For these trains it is recommended to use “compartment” or “soft” types of coach.

You can get more information and buy e-ticket online on the Russian Railways website. When buying the ticket, please, make sure to select the destination station “Iaroslavl Gl”!

Venue and transporation

The 17th FRUCT conference will be held in the main building of the Yaroslavl State University. The building is located in the centre of Yaroslavl city at the Krasnaya Ploshad (Red Square). The address is: Yaroslavl, Sovetskaya street 14 (map). You can get there from any site of the city using a public transportation that goes to the “Krasnaya Ploshad” stop. 

Yaroslavl has a vast public transportation system with a mild price of 18 roubles for a single ride. You can buy tickets only by cash from conductors inside a vehicle. Route schemes of public transport are available on the Yargortrans web page (in Russian). The current location of municipal transport can be viewed using the ot76 service (in Russian). In order to plan a route inside the city you can use RusAvtobus, Yandex Maps or 2GIS services. The last listed service also allows making explicit search for a place to have a meal, buy food and souvenirs.

The conference venue and some cafes nearby are shown on the map below.


Yaroslavl is an old city (founded in 1010) that has a lot of historic monuments. It is the key town of the historical Golden Ring of Russia. We encourage you to take an opportunity and see old churches, visit the embankment and take picture of yourselves inside the pavilion. The location and brief description of sites can be found in the following web pages: Autotravel, Yarcom and (all in Russian). All conference participants are welcome to take part in the walking guide tour in the historical part of Yaroslavl downtown that will be held after end of main session on April 22 (Wednesday) starting at 18.00, we meeting in the front of the conference main room.

We recommend you to use Tourist Assistant — TAIS — a mobile tourist guide for Android devices. Based on your current location, it provides recommendations about places of interest around. You can see your location in the map, browse information about attraction around, check photos, current weather and create path to place of interest. The information is aggregated from Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikitravel, Panoramio. During FRUCT conference TAIS will allow participants to easily find way to the locations of the main conference. In the main screen please select one of main attractions “FRUCT 17 th Conference”. When the user selects one of the attractions he/she can open map and see path from current location to the FRUCT 17 th conference place.

The conference program is organized as follows:

April 20-21 (Mon-Tue) - free training on "Capabilities of Intel Galileo & Edison: first encounter". The training is given in Russian language (this is the only exception all other session will be held in English). In order to participate in the training you shall take free registration at the event page. For further details please visit the event page.
April 22 (Wed, Morning) - training on Cyber-Physical-Social systems development with Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits. The training program is available at page.
April 22 (Wed, Afternoon) - April 24 (Fri, evening) - the main program of the conference.