Writing for a Broad Scientific Audience

Many results in theoretical computer science are of interest to a broad scientific audience.  One way to reach that audience is to publish in venues aimed at them, such as Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).  What’s the best approach for writing for such venues?  Ryan O’Donnell collected advice from a number of TCS researchers who have successfully published in these venues in the past.  See this document for the summary (also available from Theory Matters under the “Resources” tab).

New TCS Events Calendar

Shachar Lovett and Sasha Kulikov created a website for TCS events, at http://cstheory-events.org.  There is also a link to the site from the the top-level menu at Theory Matters.

From the creators:

The goal of this website is to allow the TCS community to advertise and learn about relevant events (workshops, schools, etc), with a focus on algorithms and complexity. We added the top theory conferences for convenience, but the goal is to mainly focus on events that do not repeat annually and that people may not be aware of them.

If you find any mistakes, want to update existing events, suggest a change  to the website or anything else, please email Shachar Lovett or Sasha Kulikov.

STOC ’17 Workshop Deadline

From Avrim Blum on behalf of the STOC 2017 Theory Fest Workshop Committee:

This year’s STOC conference will be part of a 5-day Theory Fest
ending with a day of workshops.  If you have ideas for a good workshop
topic, submit a proposal!  Proposals can be *just one page long*, and
the deadline for submission is *February 13*.

As stated on the website:

One of the goals of Theory Fest is to create a vibrant ecosystem
of workshops as exists in some other fields of CS, where workshops
may even have their own calls for papers and poster sessions. The
Theory Fest Workshop Day provides an informal forum for
researchers to discuss important research questions, directions,
and challenges of the field. We also encourage workshops that
focus on connections between theoretical computer science and
other areas, topics that are not well represented at STOC, new
directions, and open problems.

For more info, see http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2017/callforworkshops.html


NSF is holding a one-day workshop to help junior faculty prepare their CAREER proposals.  Workshop is March 20, register by January 31.  More details here.

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum provides an opportunity for young researchers to spend a week with winners of the Turing Award, Abel Prize, Nevanlinna Prize, and Fields Medal. Applications are due by February 14, 2017.

ACM Award Nominations

See here for upcoming deadlines for ACM Award Nominations.  Most if not all of the nomination deadlines are November 30, 2016. As usual, the CATCS is available to help with the nomination process (in the form of providing advice, connecting you with others who might help, etc.); just contact a member of the committee.

Note that for ACM Fellow Nominations, the candidate must have been a Professional Member of ACM (not just SIGACT member) for at least 5 years continuously.  

In addition to the awards listed at the site above, note that there are also several SIGACT-specific awards.

New NSF Program (TRIPODS)

Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) is a new program that aims to bring together the statistics, mathematics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the theoretical foundations of data science through integrated research and training activities. Phase I will support the development of small collaborative Institutes. Phase II (to be described in an anticipated future solicitation, subject to availability of funds) will support a smaller number of larger Institutes, selected from the Phase I Institutes via a second competitive proposal process. All TRIPODS Institutes must involve significant and integral participation by all three of the aforementioned communities.

Due dates:

Letter of Intent (required to be eligible to submit Full Proposal): January 19, 2017
Full Proposal: March 15, 2017

Program page: here

Solicitation: here

A webinar on the TRIPODS program will be held on November 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm Eastern Time. Details will appear on the program page.

NSF-Related Funding Opportunities

In general, CATCS maintains lists of both funding opportunities and postdoc/faculty positions.

Simons-Related Funding Opportunities

In general, CATCS maintains lists of both funding opportunities and postdoc/faculty positions.

CATCS/NSF Presentations from STOC ’16

Here are slides from the CATCS presentation at the STOC ’16 business meeting, and here are Jack Snoeyink’s slides from his NSF presentation.