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


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.

Avi Wigderson’s 60th Birthday

There is a workshop being organized in honor of Avi Wigderson (incidentally, a founding member of CATCS) on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The website for the workshop is  The organizers are Sanjeev Arora, Boaz Barak, Ran Raz, Peter Sarnak, and Amir Shpilka.

The workshop will take place at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton New Jersey, from Wednesday October 5 till Saturday October 8 2016. The last day will be half a day, joint with FOCS 2016, and will take place at the FOCS hotel.

The workshop is open for everyone and free of charge, but registration is required. Please register at:

A small fund has been established to provide financial support for students. Funds are limited and those interested in applying for financial support must complete the Funding Support section of the registration form no later than August 1, 2016. This date is firm.

Invited Speakers: Scott Aaronson, Dorit Aharonov, Noga Alon, Zeev Dvir, Oded Goldreich, Shafi Goldwasser, Russell Impagliazzo, Gil Kalai, Richard Karp, Nati Linial, Richard Lipton, Laci Lovasz, Alex Lubotzky, Silvio Micali, Noam Nisan, Toniann Pitassi, Sasha Razborov, Omer Reingold, Mike Saks, Ronen Shaltiel, Madhu Sudan, and Eyal Wigderson.

DARPA Proposers Day

If you might be interested in receiving funding from DARPA, here is an announcement for their upcoming proposers day.  Registration deadline is June 3 (physical attendance) or June 13 (Webcast attendance).