Archive for July, 2017

Nikhil Devanur, one of the PC Chairs for WINE 2017, presents the following announcement. Please consider sending a paper to WINE this year!

Reminder: The WINE 2017 deadline is in roughly 2 weeks, on August 2. The conference will be held during December 17-20, 2017, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.


The CFP is here. http://lcm.csa.iisc.ernet.in/wine2017/papers.html

Submission server is here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wine2017


Some points to raise awareness.

  1. A selection of papers accepted to the conference is invited to GEB/TEAC.
  2. WINE has had the best paper award for a couple of years now. In some years the committee has chosen not to give the award to any paper, but the option has been there.
  3. WINE is seen as being narrower than EC, and some subset of the EC community doesn’t typically submit to WINE. We would like to broaden the scope of WINE to include all those topics covered in EC. In particular, we welcome and encourage papers from the AI, OR, and Econ communities.
  4. We also welcome experimental papers, and in particular papers that have both a theoretical and an experimental part are strongly encouraged.

We are trying different things to make WINE be a top tier conference, but it all starts with you submitting good papers.



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Anna Karlin, Program Chair for ITCS 2018, asked for the following announcement to be posted on this and other theory blogs. Please consider sending a paper to ITCS this year!

The ITCS 2018 Call For Papers is now available!  

ITCS is a conference that stands apart from all others. For a decade now, it has been celebrating the vibrancy and unity of our field of Theoretical Computer Science. See these blog posts (#1 and #2) for more.

ITCS seeks to promote research that carries a strong conceptual message  (e.g., introducing a new concept, model or understanding, opening a new line of inquiry within traditional or interdisciplinary areas, introducing new mathematical techniques and methodologies, or new applications of known techniques). ITCS welcomes both conceptual and technical contributions whose contents will advance and inspire the greater theory community.

This year, ITCS will be held at MIT in Cambridge, MA from January 11-14, 2018.

The submission deadline is September 8, 2017, with notification of decisions by October 30, 2017.

Authors should strive to make their papers accessible not only to experts in their subarea, but also to the theory community at large. The committee will place a premium on writing that conveys clearly and in the simplest possible way what the paper is accomplishing.

Ten-page versions of accepted papers will be published in an electronic proceedings of the conference. However, the alternative of publishing a one page abstract with a link to a full PDF will also be available (to accommodate subsequent publication in journals that would not consider results that have been published in preliminary form in a conference proceedings).

You can find all the details in the official Call For Papers.

On last year’s ITCS (by the PC Chair Christos Papadimitriou)

This past ITCS (2017) was by all accounts the most successful ever.  We had 170+ submissions and 61 papers, including 5 “invited papers”, and 90+ registrants, all new records.  There was a voluntary poster session for authors to get a chance to go through more detail, and the famous Graduating Bits event, where the younger ones get their 5 minutes to show off their accomplishment and personality.

The spirit of the conference was invigorating, heartwarming, and great fun.  I believe none of the twelve sessions had fewer than 70 attendees — no parallelism, of course — while the now famous last session was among the best attended and went one hour overtime due to the excitement of discussion (compare with the last large conference that you attended).

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