Quarterly Theory Workshop: Algorithms and their Social Impact

March 19, 2021
Virtual (on Gather.town and Zoom)
https://theory.cs.northwestern.edu/events/quarterly-theory-workshop-algorithms-and-their-social-impact/

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
https://theory.cs.northwestern.edu/events/2020-junior-theorists-workshop/

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.

2020 Virtual Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop

July 27-31, 2020
Telluride CO (virtual)
https://sites.google.com/view/telluride2020/home

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.

Neuromorphic Computing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Perspectives

July 19, 2020
Virtual
https://teuscher-lab.com/dac2020_neuromorphic_workshop/program/

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines, ranging from physical to biological sciences, to discuss the most promising approaches and overarching goals of neuromorphic computing technologies and paradigms that have the potential to drastically improve conventional approaches. The neuromorphic computing workshop aims to establish a forum to discuss current practices; future research needs; and new principles and tradeoffs across the entire neuromorphic information processing stack with the goal to apply them holistically to future machine learning systems.

IDEAL Workshop on Computational vs Statistical Tradeoffs in Network Inference

June 29, 2020
Virtual
https://www.ideal.northwestern.edu/events/workshop-computational-vs-statistical-tradeoffs-in-network-inference/

Network models have been used as a tool to understand the role of interconnections between entities in multiple research areas like sociology, biology, meteorology, economics, and computer science. Moreover emerging technological developments allow collecting data on increasingly larger networks. This leads to both computational and statistical challenges when inferring or learning the structure of such networks. This workshop will cover some of the advances in the last decade on understanding trade-offs between statistical and computational efficiency for many inference problems on large networks. The workshop speakers are Andrea Montanari, Ankur Moitra, and Liza Levina. There will be short talks from 11am-3:15pm CT and a panel discussion 3:25-4pm CT. Participants can register to join on Zoom (see link for details), or watch the live stream.

Logic Mentoring Workshop 2020

July 6, 2020
Online
http://lmw.mpi-sws.org/index.html

The Logic Mentoring Workshop (LMW) will introduce young
researchers to the technical and practical aspects of a career in logic research. It is targeted at students, from senior undergraduates to graduates, and will include talks and a panel session from leaders in the subject.

IDEAL Workshop on Estimation of Network Processes and Information Diffusion

May 14, 2020
Virtual
https://www.ideal.northwestern.edu/events/estimation-of-network-processes-and-information-diffusion/?fbclid=IwAR3HRiqCz8zTQfHt46hF-VF9PHE2F1v4uvQ6V_ggxmzKqFvromZXhVOOygY

Many important dynamic processes are determined by an underlying network structure. Examples include the spread of epidemics, the dynamics of public opinions, the diffusion of information about social programs, and biological processes such as neural spike trains. Data about these processes is becoming increasingly available which has lead to a number of different research communities to tackle related questions independently. What is the source of a rumor? Will a given disease spread widely? Who is the key player? This workshop will cover some new tools being developed to address such questions. The workshop speakers are Devavrat Shah, Lori Beaman, Rebecca Willet, and Arun Chandrasekhar. There will be short talks from 11am-3pm Central and a panel discussion 4-5pm. Participants can register to join on Zoom (see link for details), or stream the video on Panopto.

Workshop on Local Algorithms

July 20-21, 2020
Virtual (8am — 12pm Pacific Time)
https://www.mit.edu/~mahabadi/workshops/WOLA-2020.html

Submission deadline: May 15, 2020
Registration deadline: June 30, 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have decided to hold a virtual and shorter version of WOLA this year. WOLA 2020 will run for two days between 8am – 12pm PT to maximize the attendance. This year, we will only include spotlight talks and short (postdoc/student) talks. Hopefully next year we can go back to a more inclusive format.

* You are all invited and we would love to see you all. If you plan to attend, please register before June 30th.
* In addition, we will have short (5-10 minutes) talks for postdocs and graduate students. If you would like to give such a talk please submit your proposed title and abstract before May 15th.

Please refer to the website to find registration and short talk submission forms.

Workshop in Quantum Information, Complexity & Cryptography

June 11-12, 2020
University of York, UK
https://sites.google.com/york.ac.uk/quicc/quicc

We are organising a two-day event at the University of York in collaboration with York Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security, which brings researchers in Quantum Information, Complexity and Cryptography together. The goal is to cover recent topics in these areas and facilitate interactions between them. The event is generously sponsored by the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research and York CS department. We hope to have mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists alike at the event. We have about 20 travel bursaries to support the attendance of young and early-career researchers, and encourage under-represented groups to apply.