5th SIAM Symposium on Simplicity in Algorithms

January 10-11, 2022
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.

Submission deadline: August 9, 2021

Symposium on Simplicity in Algorithms is a conference in theoretical computer science dedicated to advancing algorithms research by promoting simplicity and elegance in the design and analysis of algorithms. The benefits of simplicity are manifold: simpler algorithms manifest a better understanding of the problem at hand; they are more likely to be implemented and trusted by practitioners; they can serve as benchmarks, as an initialization step, or as the basis for a “state of the art” algorithm; they are more easily taught and are more likely to be included in algorithms textbooks; and they attract a broader set of researchers to difficult algorithmic problems. Co-located with SODA 2022.

Paper registration: August 9; Submission deadline: August 16.

ADFOCS 2021: Convex Optimization and Graph Algorithms

July 26 – August 13, 2021

ADFOCS is an international summer school held annually at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII). The topic of this year’s edition is Convex Optimization and its applications on Graph Algorithms. The event will take place online over the span of three weeks from July 26 to August 13 with a daily 2 hour lecture.

We are delighted to have the following speakers:

Alina Ene (Boston University): Adaptive gradient descent
Rasmus Kyng (ETH Zurich): Graphs, sampling, and iterative methods Aaron Sidford (Stanford University): Optimization Methods for Maximum Flow

Registration is mandatory but free.

Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (summer school + conference))

July 4, 2021 – July 7, 2021
Wrocław, Poland and online

The Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM) has by now over 30 years of tradition and is considered to be the leading conference for the community working on Stringology. The objective of the annual CPM meetings is to provide an international forum for research in combinatorial pattern matching and related applications such as computational biology, data compression and data mining, coding, information retrieval, natural language processing, and pattern recognition. The conference will be preceded by a student summer school on July 4, 2021. Registration is free but mandatory.

Workshop on Machine Learning for Algorithms

July 13-14, 2021
Foundations of Data Science Institute (FODSI)

In recent years there has been increasing interest in using machine learning to improve the performance of classical algorithms in computer science, by fine-tuning their behavior to adapt to the properties of the input distribution. This “data-driven” or “learning-based” approach to algorithm design has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of some of the most widely used algorithms. For example, it has been used to design better data structures, online algorithms, streaming and sketching algorithms, market mechanisms and algorithms for combinatorial optimization, similarity search and inverse problems. This virtual workshop will feature talks from experts at the forefront of this exciting area.

International School-conference in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Complexity

May 24-28, 2021

An advanced school for young researchers featuring three minicourses in vibrant areas of mathematics and computer science. The target audience includes graduate, master, and senior bachelor students of any mathematical speciality.

Quarterly Theory Workshop: Algorithms and their Social Impact

March 19, 2021
Virtual (on Gather.town and Zoom)

The focus of this workshop will be on the societal impacts of algorithms. From designing self-driving cars to selecting the order of news posts on Facebook to automating credit checks, the use of algorithms for decision making is now commonplace. Hence it is more important than ever to consider fairness as a key aspect while designing these algorithms to prevent unwanted bias and prejudice. The speakers for this workshop are Rakesh Vohra, Michael Kearns, Samira Samadi, Steven Wu, and Suresh Venkatasubramanian.

This workshop is part of the Northwestern Quarterly Theory Workshop series that brings in theoretical computer science experts to present their perspective and research on a common theme. This particular workshop is co-organized by the IDEAL institute, as part of the IDEAL Special Quarter on Data Science and Law.

2020 Northwestern CS Junior Theorists Workshop

December 17-18, 2020
Virtual on gather.town and zoom

The 2020 Junior Theorists Workshop is part of the Northwestern CS Quarterly Theory Workshop Series. The focus of this workshop will be on showcasing junior researchers in all areas of theoretical computer science. The event will be held online from December 17 to 18 (Thursday to Friday), roughly from 10am to 5pm central time.

This year we have 14 excellent speakers, each delivering a 30 minutes talk. After each hour-long session, there will be an informal poster session intended for Q&A discussion on gather.town. Full details are available on the workshop homepage.

Interested participants *must* register via the link on the workshop homepage and we will send the gather.town link before the event.

IDEAL Special Quarter (Theory of Deep Learning)

September 21 – December 12, 2020
Online (https://www.ideal.northwestern.edu/special-quarters/fall-2020/) https://www.ideal.northwestern.edu/special-quarters/fall-2020/registration

There will be a Special Quarter on Theory of Deep Learning this Fall as a part of IDEAL – The Institute for Data, Econometrics, Algorithms, and Learning, runs jointly with TTIC and the University of Chicago.

The Special Quarter will be entirely online, and take place inside a virtual space on the gather.town platform. All talks, discussions, meetings and other interactions will be inside this virtual space. To register for the special quarter, please complete the registration form below.

2020 Virtual Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop

July 27-31, 2020
Telluride CO (virtual)

We are happy to announce a Virtual Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop 2020 (https://tellurideneuromorphic.org/) this year in replacement of our usual Workshop in Telluride. The workshop will take place from July 27 to July 31 (8am to 10am PDT, or 17:00 to 19:00 CET).

The format will be a week of lectures and tutorials on current topics in neuromorphic engineering (two hours per day) followed by four hands-on, collaborative challenges which will be carried out in the month of August. The results of the challenges will be presented on September 10 and 11, 2020.

The workshop is free to attend and is open to everyone upon registration.