New blog page of TCS conferences and workshops

2011-10-02 by Aaron Sterling. 3 comments

There is a new page to this blog: Theoretical Computer Science Conferences and Workshops.  It provides names and links to theory venues — with theory broadly defined, including, for example, the theory of programming languages, which is usually considered outside the SIGACT purview  (EDIT: see comments).  This page is the result of dozens of contributions to a community wiki question on CSTheory, and Joe and I would like to thank everyone who participated.

Those interested in lists of TCS venues may also want to check out Microsoft Research’s list of computer science conferences.  That list considers all of CS, not just theory, and provides some added information, like citations per conference.  The list on this blog contains some conferences that the MR list does not.

If you see errors, or can think of useful additions, please comment here or on the new page, or edit the community wiki answer that contains the conference information.  Thanks, and we hope you find this helpful.

Welcome to the Theoretical Computer Science community blog

2011-07-16 by Aaron Sterling. 4 comments

The question-and-answer site cstheory, also known as “Theoretical Computer Science,” was founded in 2010 by community volunteers, and now has over 4500 registered users.  Some of the founding members of cstheory participated in discussion of a proposed solution to the P/NP problem that spanned multiple blogs, led to the creation of wiki pages, and brought together researchers in disparate areas from around the world.  This effort made it clear that the worldwide theoretical computer science community was ready for – and needed – a structured way to ask research-level questions and to consider answers to such questions.  (For more background on cstheory, please see this SIGACT News article.)

This blog is intended for community discussion of topics in theoretical computer science, broadly construed.  While the blog’s parent site (cstheory) requires that questions asked there be “research-level” (e.g., not elementary), posts and comments here can have a wider scope.  We hope to publish both introductory and advanced posts in complexity theory, learning theory, quantum computing, programming language theory, logic, algorithms, and other areas of theory, and theory applied to practice.

We are actively soliciting one-time contributions, and the participation of regular contributors.  If you would like to participate in the blog, please email one of the editors — Joe Fitzsimons or Aaron Sterling — or post your interest on the blog contributor signup sheet.

Editors’ bios:

Aaron Sterling is a PhD candidate in computer science at Iowa State University.  He is currently a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, working with Ming-Yang Kao on the theory of self-assembly.  He authors the blog Nanoexplanations.

Joe Fitzsimons recieved his DPhil from the from the University of Oxford in 2007, and is currently research assistant professor at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, at the National University of Singapore, and a visiting lecturer at University College Dublin. Prior to joining CQT, Joe spent 3 years as a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford, and as a visiting researcher at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo. His research interests lie mainly in the field of quantum computation.