Since the close of MSR-SVC, I seem to have lost my taste for blogging. I think I finally know why: For me blogging is a social activity. I loved discussing the posts with my down-the-hall colleagues and friends. So, to regain this wonderful feeling, we (Stanford Theory) are opening a new theory group blog - … Continue reading A Social Blogger
Our second TOCA-SV meeting will take place at Google, Mountain View, on Friday May 12. We had a very good first meeting, and we are hoping to continue the momentum. Please come and register.
I'm happy to invite (in the name of the Stanford theory group) applications for the inaugural Motwani Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science, made possible by a gift from the Motwani-Jadeja foundation. Please see application instructions . Please apply by Jan 6, 2017 for full consideration.
The success of TOC is due to the intrinsic intellectual merit of our field but also due to many fruitful connections: connections between subfields of TOC (see Avi Wigderson’s depth through breadth), connection with Mathematics, connections with other fields in Science and Humanities via the computational lens, and connections with industry. All of these powerful … Continue reading TOCA-Revolution Begins: Nov 4
Most of the stories in the research-life story project (including mine) are already processed and often told with some well-packaged perspective the teller wants to share. Today I am sharing a moment as it unfolds: Come next fall, I’ll be joining the Stanford CS Department. I’m very excited. Since the closing of MSR-SV, I’ve been … Continue reading Stanford, Here I Come
A lovely interview with Cynthia Dwork in the New York Times on bias in computations. In particular, discussing our work (joint with Moritz Hardt, Toni Pitassi and Rich Zemel) on Fairness through Awareness. Our Science article, The reusable holdout: Preserving validity in adaptive data analysis (joint with Cynthia Dwork, Vitaly Feldman, Moritz Hardt, Toniann Pitassi and Aaron … Continue reading Outreach on Fairness, Privacy and Data Analysis
It is hard to overestimate the impact of Popular Science books such as “A Brief History of Time” and “Chaos: Making a New Science” on Scientific Research. The indirect impact of popularizing Science and Scientific Education often surpass the direct contribution that most scientists can hope to achieve in their life time. For this reason, … Continue reading Popularizing TOC
Sanjeev suggesting an interesting exercise, in our series on the design of a Theory Festival as part of STOC 2017: --------------- Throughout our conference design process we often observe big shifts in people’s opinions as they engage with the issues and the mathematical constraints. So if you have strong opinions about the theory festival, I … Continue reading Do It Yourself Theoryfestival Design – Guest Post By Sanjeev Arora
Towards the business meeting, another personal post in our series (this one by Sanjeev Arora): -------------- An important part of the plan for theory festival ---which everybody involved agrees upon---is the need for a substantial plenary component. The festival organizing committee would select the plenary program based upon inputs from various sources. Plenary sessions will include about … Continue reading More fun at the theory festival: plenary sessions – guest post by Sanjeev Arora
This post represents my personal opinion (and only my opinion) with respect to turning STOC 2017 into a “Theory Festival.” FOCS and STOC is where the entire theory community is supposed to come together for the benefit of the fruitful exchange of ideas between sub-areas of theory (which as Boaz mentioned, has been one of … Continue reading Can We Get Serious?