Monday, June 26, 2017

STOC General Comment Page

The 2017 STOC is over, and I thought it went very well.  The new format ran with what seemed to me to be minimal to non-existent glitches, and overall it sounded like people enjoyed it.  The local arrangements were terrific -- much much thanks to Hamed Hatami and Pierre McKenzie who made the whole thing look easy.  (It's not.)   I'd have liked a few dozen more people, but I'm hoping we'll see some positive momentum going into next year.

A heads-up to mark you calendars now that STOC 2018 will be held June 23-27, in Los Angeles.

I'm putting this post up to see if anyone wants to make general comments about the TheoryFest/STOC 2017 experience.  Feedback is always useful, and if there's any constructive criticism and/or wild enthusiasm for any parts of the 2017 STOC, we'll keep that in mind as we go forward next year.  Please, however, be respectful to those who did the work of putting everything together.

And for those who went commenting here doesn't absolve you from filling out the survey that will be sent out, though!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Last Week For STOC Sign-Ups

A reminder that this year's STOC is supersized, with (completely in the STOC package) multiple workshops, tutorials, and special speakers.   But for those of you (like me) who put these things off until the last minute, the last minute is now actually here.

The hotel reservation deadline is Friday, May 19.  Again, here is the link for information.  If you're looking to lower the hotel cost, we have a page for room sharing.

Finally, early registration ends Sunday, May 21.  Here is your final link for info.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Super-Important Things to Do Right Now for STOC 2017

STOC 2017 is just around the corner, which means that several deadlines are just around the corner.

The student travel support request deadline is this Thursday, May 11.   Here's the link to the application.

The hotel reservation deadline is Friday, May 19.  Again, here is the link for information.

Finally, early registration ends Sunday, May 21.  Here is your final link for info.

We'll see you there!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

STOC Theory Fest Announcements

There's a lot of new information up at the STOC web page http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2017/ about the amazing theory fest June 19-23 in Montreal.  In particular, most importantly --

Conference Registration is OPEN

Also
- The STOC program is posted.     
- The schedule of invited paper talks is posted.
- There is a call for posters.

Astoundingly, even with this action-packed five-day program schedule, we've kept registration prices way low -- $380 US if you register early for ACM members.  (You can conveniently register in US or Canadian dollars.)

Take a look at the program at http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2017/stocprogram.html ;  you'll see that you really want to be there this summer.  Then go to http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2017/registration.html to register.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize Call, 2017

Call for Nominations
2017 SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize

The Theory community benefits in many ways from the dedicated service, above and beyond the call of duty, of many of its members. Among other contributions, the field's members underpin the operation of conferences, journals, prizes, funding agencies, and other community activities, help ensure funding for the field, and promote the recognition of the field by external communities. The SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize is intended to recognize and promote their contributions, as well as to raise awareness of the need for and importance of such service, for the health of our community.

The prize is given annually to an individual who has made substantial service contributions to the Theoretical Computer Science community. (From 2002 to 2012, the award was given biennially.) It is presented at the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, and comes with a $1,000 prize, a travel grant of up to $700 to attend the conference, and complimentary conference registration.

Eligibility

The prize can be awarded to an individual for a single contribution or for a series of contributions over a career. All living individuals are eligible with the exception of previous awardees, the sitting SIGACT Chair, an individual who nominated a majority of the current selection committee members, or a member of the current selection committee.

Selection Committee

The winner is selected by a three-member committee. The SIGACT chair appoints the selection committee to serve staggered terms over three award cycles. The 2017 selection committee members are László Babai, Lance Fortnow (chair) and Avi Wigderson.

Nominations

Nominations can be made by any member of the Theory of Computing community and should contain a statement of no more than 500 words explaining why the candidate deserves the award. The nomination can also include an additional separate listing of service activities, additional support letters, and other supplemental material such as a pointer to the candidate's CV. The nomination must include the name, affiliation and e-mail address of the nominator. Nominations are to be submitted electronically in PDF format by April 2, 2017, to the chair of the selection committee, Lance Fortnow, at fortnow@cc.gatech.edu. Please put "SIGACT Distinguished Service Award Nomination" in the subject line.

Past Winners


  • 2016: László Babai
  • 2015: Avi Wigderson
  • 2014: Lance Fortnow
  • 2013: Lane Hemaspaandra
  • 2012: Sampath Kannan
  • 2010: Hal Gabow
  • 2008: Richard Karp
  • 2006: Tom Leighton
  • 2004: Rockford J. Ross
  • 2002: Alan Selman
  • 2001: Michael Langston
  • 2000: S. Rao Kosaraju
  • 1999: Fred S. Roberts
  • 1998: Ian Parberry
  • 1997: David S. Johnson