ALT Highlights – Equilibrium Computation and the Foundations of Deep Learning

[Guest post by Kush Bhatia and Cyrus Rashtchian, foreword by Gautam Kamath] Welcome to ALT Highlights, a series of blog posts spotlighting various happenings at the recent conference ALT 2021, including plenary talks, tutorials, trends in learning theory, and more! To reach a broad audience, the series will be disseminated as guest posts on different blogs … Continue reading ALT Highlights – Equilibrium Computation and the Foundations of Deep Learning

Google Research Workshop on Deep Learning Theory

[Guest post from Pranjal Awasthi and Rina Panigrahy - workshop looks great! --Boaz] Please join us for a virtual Google workshop on “Conceptual Understanding of Deep Learning”  When: May 17th 9am-4pm. Where: Live over Youtube, Goal: How does the Brain/Mind (perhaps even an artificial one) work at an algorithmic level? While deep learning has produced tremendous technological … Continue reading Google Research Workshop on Deep Learning Theory

Making TCS more connected / less insular

[Announcement from Jelani Nelson --Boaz]TL;DR: https://tinyurl.com/tcs-connections A task force has been convened by CATCS to investigate possibleapproaches to modifying aspects of the TCS community, especially ourpublishing culture, to enhance connections with other areas of CS andbe as welcoming as possible to a broad range of contributions withintheory. This committee will collect and synthesize feedback from … Continue reading Making TCS more connected / less insular

On Galileo Galilei and “denialism” from elections to climate to COVID

Galileo Galileo has many self-appointed intellectual heirs these days. Whether it's a claim that the election has been stolen, that COVID-19 is less fatal than the flu, that climate change or evolution are hoaxes, or that P=NP, we keep hearing from people considering themselves as bold truth-tellers railing against conventional wisdom. We are encouraged to … Continue reading On Galileo Galilei and “denialism” from elections to climate to COVID

Updated Research Masters programs database by Aviad Rubinstein and Matt Weinberg

Guest post by Aviad Rubinstein and Matt Weinberg As explained in Boaz's previous posts [1] [2], the PhD admission process can be challenging for students who discover their passion for Theory of Computer Science late in their undergraduate studies. Discovering TCS earlier is especially challenging for students who aren't exposed to CS in high school, … Continue reading Updated Research Masters programs database by Aviad Rubinstein and Matt Weinberg