The list of accepted papers for ITCS (Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science) is up.
1) I have expressed reservations in the past about ITCS, based on the idea that it was creating another conference similar to FOCS and STOC, where instead we should be "fixing" FOCS and STOC, for example by expanding it. I suppose my reservations this year are muted. While the titles don't suggest to me that ITCS is necessarily a home for more "innovative" papers than FOCS/STOC, there seems to be no inclination to expand these conferences, so why not have yet another conference where 40 very good papers can go? (Indeed, why not make it a bit larger? I'm not sure how many submissions there were; hopefully someone can confirm, but I'd guess the acceptance rate was roughly 20-25%?)
2) Another issue was ITCS was in China it's first two years, making it seem a bit "exclusive". (Not to Chinese researchers, of course; and not to authors, who were given funds for the trip. But it is a far distance to go for others.) This year, it will be at MIT, which hopefully will attract people from up and down the East Coast (weather permitting), and help it build up a longer term audience.
3) 5 out of the 40 papers have Quantum in the title. Should this be telling us something?
4) Talk I'm most looking forward to: Compressed Matrix Multiplication by Rasmus Pagh. (I've already read and enjoyed the paper.) But I'm also looking forward to seeing Algorithms on Evolving Graphs, if only based on the title.