Call for Symposia at AAAS 2015 Meeting

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is soliciting proposals for symposia for its Annual Meeting from February 12-16, 2015 in San Jose, CA.  Deadline is April 25.

This is a great opportunity to get a research area exposed to a broad audience of scientists, engineers, policymakers, educators, and journalists.   CATCS is available to help with the process; let us know if you’re thinking of submitting a proposal!

CCC Call for Visioning Proposals

[A CCC visioning workshop in 2008 led to the TCS vision nuggets hosted here.  It would be great to have another TCS-oriented visioning workshop, perhaps focused on a particular direction in the field.]


From the CCC website:

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) solicits proposals for workshops that will create exciting visions and agendas for research at the frontiers of computing.  Successful workshops will articulate new research visions, galvanize community interest in those visions, and mobilize support for those visions from the computing research community, government leaders, and funding agencies.  Past examples can be found at

Workshop organizers will be expected to bring together a group of scientists and practitioners in the area of interest, and to formulate a program that encourages new ideas, innovative thinking, and broad discussion. Workshops can be of varying sizes, typically ranging from 20 to 100 participants.  CCC will help to support both workshop organization and subsequent communication of the results.  The output of a successful workshop will be one or more white papers and reports for the CCC to post on its website. The CCC will work with the workshop organizers to communicate to other stakeholders and funding agencies.

Proposals are encouraged across the full spectrum of theoretical and applied work related to the creation and application of information technologies as well as their use in addressing important scientific or societal challenges.

Proposals with start dates prior to September 2014 should be submitted by 1 December 2013.

FOCS 2013 workshops

Continuing the tradition of recent FOCS/STOC conferences, FOCS 2013 will have a workshop-and-tutorials day on Saturday, October 26, immediately preceding the main conferences. Chris Umans and I are the workshop chairs. We invite researchers to submit workshop or tutorial proposals. This is an opportunity to expose the FOCS audience to your favorite topic. The proposal is relatively light-weight – no more than 2 pages – so Chris and I encourage you to start thinking of ideas for great workshops/tutorials at FOCS.  The proposal submission deadline is August 15. See the details here: FOCS-2013-workshops-call

Additionally, if you have thoughts on topics for workshops/tutorials you would like to see at FOCS, but do not consider yourself an organizer, feel free to send them to Chris and me. We’ll do our best to find organizers.

Simons Institute Symposium on Visions for the Theory of Computing

The Simons Institute held an inspiring Symposium on Visions for the Theory of Computing at the end of May.  You can read a summary of the talks by Christos Papadimitriou and watch videos of the presentations.

STOC & Related Workshops

The early registration deadline for STOC 2013 (June 1-4 in Palo Alto)  is this Friday, May 3.

Before the main STOC program begins, there are some other notable events:



NSF upcoming deadlines & quantum workshop

Sept 28-29: Workshop on Quantum Information Science at the University of Maryland.  Relates to the new NSF Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science.  See also CCC blog post about the workshop.

Oct. 9:  Computing and Communications Foundations (CCF) Core Programs deadline for medium-sized proposals. This includes the Algorithmic Foundations program, which funds a broad range of research in theoretical computer science.   Large proposals are due Nov. 30 and small proposals are due Dec. 17.

Nov. 13: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP) deadline in Computer Science. (Mathematical Sciences deadline is Nov. 14.)  Open to students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, and have completed at most one year of full-time graduate study.

Nov. 30: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) deadline for medium-sized proposals.  The research supported by this program includes cryptography and privacy.  Small proposals and education proposals are due Dec. 14, and Frontier proposals (> Large) are due Jan. 30.

Dec. 4: CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science.  Provides supplemental sabbatical salary for tenured faculty to make semester or year-long visits to other institutions to work on quantum information science.

Dec. 10: Expeditions in Computing deadline.  Supports ambitious large-scale projects at up to $2m/year for 5 years.  The Center for Computational Intractability (CCI) at Princeton is supported by this program.


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