[Guest post by Aleksander Mądry]
To me, one of the best things about working in theoretical computer
science has always the exciting rate of progress we make as a community.
On (what appears to be) a regular basis, we produce breakthroughs on
problems that are absolutely fundamental to our field. Problems that
often look impossible to tackle, right up until someone actually tackles
However, as inspiring as all these developments were to me, I also
always felt that we, as a community, could do more to properly recognize
and highlight them, both internally and to the outside world. This kind
of outreach would make it easier for us to capitalize on the
breakthroughs as well as to accelerate the impact of the underlying
ideas on the other areas of computer science, and beyond.
Fortunately, this is about to change!
One of the first decisions of our newly (re-)elected SIGACT committee was to create a committee (as committees are wont to do 🙂 whose mission will be to help promote top computer science theory research. This SIGACT Research Highlights Committee – consisting of Boaz Barak, Omer Reingold, Mary Wootters and myself – will, in particular, work to identify results to be recommended for consideration for the CACM Research Highlights section as well as other general-audience research outlets in computer science and other fields.
Of course, to do a proper job here we require your help! To this end,
the committee solicits two types of nominations:
1) Conference nominations. Each year, the committee will ask the PC
chairs of a broad set of theoretical computer science conferences to
send a selection of up to three top papers from these conferences
(selected based on both their technical merit and the potential
significant interest to non-theory audiences) and forwarding them to the
committee for consideration.
2) Community nominations. The committee will accept nominations from the members of the community. Each such nomination should summarize the contribution of the nominated (and recently published) paper and also
argue why this paper particularly merits a broader outreach. The
nomination should be no more than a page in length and can be submitted
at any time by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-nominations are discouraged.
To be considered in the upcoming round of our deliberations, we need to
receive your nomination by April 30.
Looking forward to learning about all the new exciting research that you
all are doing!