Sanjeev Arora: Potential changes to STOC/FOCS: report from special FOCS session

As Boaz advertised, FOCS had a panel-led discussion on “How might FOCS and STOC evolve?” Here is a summary of that session by Sanjeev Arora: -------------------- This blog post is a report about a special 80 min session on the future shape of STOC/FOCS, organized by David Shmoys (IEEE TCMF Chair) and Paul Beame (ACM Sigact … Continue reading Sanjeev Arora: Potential changes to STOC/FOCS: report from special FOCS session

FOCS/STOC: Protect the Venue, Reform the Meeting

by Boaz Barak and Omer Reingold ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The debate about the future of FOCS/STOC has been long and heated. A wide range of criticism (containing at times contradicting complaints) was answered with one simple truth: FOCS/STOC have played and still plays an invaluable role for the TOC community. Indeed, the authors of this proposal have … Continue reading FOCS/STOC: Protect the Venue, Reform the Meeting

Goin’ up, down, all around, it’s like a see saw*

This is my last research life-story (at least for now), possibly concluding this project (though you are all very welcomed to share more as long as this blog lives). My main hope was to give legitimacy to all of us to acknowledge and discuss our uncomfortable feelings and the “non-scientific” challenges of our careers. My … Continue reading Goin’ up, down, all around, it’s like a see saw*

Collaboration, competition, and competition within collaboration

Another instalment on my research-life stories. --------------- The Talmud says: “competition/envy among scholars increases wisdom” (kinat sofrim tarbe chochma). Good or bad, competition is here to stay. Nevertheless, one of the strengths of our community is in its collaborative nature. This is good for science, but in my eyes also makes our life so much … Continue reading Collaboration, competition, and competition within collaboration