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 https://www.math.ias.edu/avi60  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).

Breakthrough Prize

Nominations for the Breakthrough Prize are due May 31.  The mathematics prize is relevant for TCS researchers.

National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship Competition

A new-ish faculty fellowship program through the DoD, which looks suitable for TCS researchers working in quantum computation and network science.

Note there are information Webinars about the program on May 24th and 31st.

Call for AAAS Session Proposals

AAAS is a science-wide annual conference with a significant media presence. As such, it’s a great opportunity to get wider exposure of your research area. Some TCS proposals have been successful in the past, for example a recent session on differential privacy.  Here is the call; deadline is April 22.

Some funding opportunities

NSF Algorithms in the Field (see here)  — awards that encourage closer collaboration between theoretical computer scientists and systems and domain experts.  Deadline March 3, 2016.

NSF Expeditions in Computing (see here) — this is for large-scale projects (up to $10 million over 5 years).  There have been a couple of TCS-related such awards in the past (e.g., the center for computational intractability at Princeton). Preliminary proposals due May 2, 2016.

Simons Foundation Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences (see here).  This new program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Simons Symposia deadline on Friday

The deadline for applying for Simons symposia is on Friday.

TCS has successfully applied for these in past, for example on the topics of Boolean Function Analysis, and Approximation Algorithms.

Program Director opening for the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program

More details here.

NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award

See here for details. Deadline is October 23rd. Recent computer science winners include Mung Chiang, Scott Aaronson, and Robert Wood.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award. The Waterman Award is NSF’s highest honor. Each year, the Foundation bestows the award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

Simons Institute Research Fellowships

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley invites applications for Research Fellowships for academic year 2016-17.

Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are an opportunity for outstanding junior scientists (at most 6 years from PhD by Fall 2016) to spend one or both semesters at the Institute in connection with one or more of its programs.  The programs for 2016-17 are as follows:

* Algorithms and Uncertainty (Fall 2016)
* Logical Structures in Computation (Fall 2016)
* Foundations of Machine Learning (Spring 2017)
* Pseudorandomness (Spring 2017)

Applicants who already hold junior faculty or postdoctoral positions are welcome to apply. In particular, applicants who hold, or expect to hold, postdoctoral appointments at other institutions are encouraged to apply to spend one semester as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution.

Further details and application instructions can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu/fellows2016.  Information about the Institute and the above programs can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu.

Deadline for applications: 15 December, 2015.