The Institute typically hosts two concurrent programs per semester. Programs are selected with a view toward maximizing impact and engagement across the theoretical computer science community, as well as impact on neighboring scientific fields. A typical one-semester program is led by a small group of organizers who are recognized experts in their fields, and involves about 60–70 long-term participants (a mix of senior and junior researchers) who spend a month or longer at the Institute. A program usually includes three week-long topical workshops, each of which attracts an additional group of invited speakers and focuses on a different aspect of the program's scientific scope, as well as an initial boot camp designed to put long-term participants on the same page.
This program will bring together researchers in computational complexity, proof complexity, cryptography, and learning theory to make progress on fundamental problems in those areas using the framework of "meta-complexity" — i.e., complexity of computational tasks that are themselves about complexity.
This extended reunion is for long-term participants in the program Satisfiability: Theory, Practice, and Beyond, held in the Spring 2021 semester. It will provide an opportunity to meet old and new friends. Moreover, we hope that it will give everyone a chance to reflect on the progress made during the semester and since, and sketch in which directions the field should go in the future.
This program will bring together researchers in dynamic graphs, sketching, and optimization towards the common goals of obtaining provably faster algorithms, finding new connections between the areas, and making new advances at their intersection.
This program will bring together researchers from computer science, physics, chemistry and mathematics to address current challenges in quantum computing, such as the efficiency of protocols for fault-tolerant quantum computation, scalable proofs of quantumness, demonstrations of quantum advantage, as well as the development of quantum algorithms.
The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing offers numerous ways for scientists to participate in the life of the Institute.
- Applications for the Simons Quantum Postdoctoral Fellowships.
- Applications for Science Communicators in Residence for Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023.
This program will bring together experts from various fields to study networks, from graph limits, to modeling and estimation, to processes on networks. Application areas include epidemics, spread of information and other economic and social processes.
This program brings together researchers in complexity theory, algorithms, statistics, learning theory, probability, and information theory to advance the methodology for reasoning about the computational complexity of statistical estimation problems.
This program aims to advance our understanding of high-dimensional problems by focusing on the interplay between probability, geometry, and computation.
This program will bring together researchers from computer science, physics, chemistry and mathematics to focus on the two grand challenges of quantum computation: developing the most promising algorithmic applications for quantum computers, and developing methods to test quantum devices.
This program will study fundamental questions on integer lattices and their important role in cryptography and quantum computation, bringing together researchers from number theory, algorithms, optimization, cryptography, and coding theory.