New Challenges in Machine Learning – Robustness and Nonconvexity

June 23, 2017
STOC 2017, Montreal, Canada
https://users.cs.duke.edu/~rongge/stoc2017ml/stoc2017ml.html

Submission deadline: May 27, 2017

Machine learning has gone through a major transformation in the last decade. Traditional methods based on convex optimization have been replaced by highly non-convex approaches including deep learning. In the worst-case, the underlying optimization problems are NP-hard. Therefore to understand their success, we need new tools to characterize properties of natural inputs, and design algorithms that work provably in beyond-worst-case settings. In particular, robustness and nonconvexity are two of the major challenges.

Discrete Geometry and Convexity BÁRÁNY 70

June 19-23, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
http://www.renyi.hu/conferences/barany70/

The aim of the conference is to celebrate the scientific achievements of professor Imre Bárány, a pioneering researcher of discrete and convex geometry, topological methods, and combinatorics. The conference will consist of invited 45 minute talks by prominent mathematicians whose work has special connections to that of Imre. The topics to be covered include: discrete and combinatorial geometry, convex geometry and general convexity, topological and combinatorial methods.

STOC’17 Workshop on TCS and Mechanism Design

June 23, 2017
Montreal
https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~smattw/STOC17BMD/

Submission deadline: May 12, 2017
Registration deadline: May 21, 2017

Mechanism Design is a subarea at the intersection of economics and algorithms that has in recent years benefited tremendously from TCS-centric approaches and the TCS toolkit. The goals of this workshop are to highlight recent theoretical advances in mechanism design, and to provide an overview of current/future research directions that are accessible to TCS researchers. The workshop will focus on the following three themes: Learning and Mechanism Design; Duality in Mechanism Design; Simple versus Optimal Mechanisms.

We are soliciting posters on any topic related to mechanism design.

The Summer Research Institute 2017

June 14-20, 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland
https://suri.epfl.ch/

The Summer Research Institute (SuRI) is an annual event that takes place at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. The workshop brings together renowned researchers and experts from academia and industry. It features a number of research talks by speakers from all around the world and is conducive to informal discussions and social activities.