Coding Theory deals with the construction and investigation of error-correcting codes. The research in this field has clear practical relevance since many of the results obtained can be used directly in the design of systems for safe transmission of data along various channels for digital communications. The majority of problems that arise in Coding theory are optimality problems, which are oftentimes equivalent to long-standing problems from abstract mathematics. The main aim of the conference is to bring together leading experts in coding theory, combinatorics and finite geometries from the major European academic institutions in Member States, Associated States, and Third Countries as well as young researchers, to strengthen their contacts and scientific relations, to create possibilities for networking between the research centres in this field. This will be the 3rd conference on Optimal Codes.
The previous two were held in Bulgaria in 1995 and in 1998. These conferences are usually attended by about 20 scientists from Bulgaria, and about 40-50 from other countries, mainly Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Sweden, Russia as well as Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, Denmark, Finland, Japan, USA. Based on our preliminary inquiries we expect about 60 scientists to attend. The International Programme Committee accepts only new unpublished results. All submissions are subjected to the usual refereeing procedure. Each participant is given up to 30 minutes to present his/her results. The eight invited lectures last one hour each. Computer demonstrations are included in the programme by request. The talks are published in a volume of proceedings before the starting date of the conference.