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May. 2020
The Women of Theory of Computer Science rock to our version of I Will Survive!

I Will Survive
Lyrics: Avi Wigderson (IAS)

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
I worried I could never fit this proof on just one slide
But then I spent so many nights thinking why it is so long
And I grew strong
And learned exactly what went wrong

A problem wor-thy, of attack
Just proves its worth by vigorously fighting back
I should have used error correction, should have sampled yet again
I should have stayed the course and found there is so much that I can gain

So do come back, problems galore
I am much more ready to attack you than I was before
I’ll fight you guiltless when at work, forget you guiltless when at home
And if you’re fun then in the pastures of the TCS we’ll roam

So I’ll survive, and I will thrive,
By Nash’s equilibrium, there must be balance to my life
I’ve got all my life to live,
And I’ve got all my Math to give
So I’ll survive,
and I will thrive, hey, hey

It took all the strength I had, I was nearly spent,
Trying hard to mend, the errors, in my argument
I put each pigeon in its hole, consulted every oracle
My upper bound
Turned up below my lower bound

Then I came up, with something new
I thought outside the blackbox, found what others never knew
That polynomials with a small degree have small number of roots
That few cryptogra-phic assumptions no one’s likely to dispute

So do come back, problems galore
I am much more ready to attack you than I was before
As I have wit and I have WIT and having both is pretty neat
Indeed a convex combination that is very hard to beat

So I’ll survive, and I will thrive,
Because (in theory, at least) this is a perfect life
You pick the problems that you love
To fit your brain just like a glove
So I’ll survive,
and I will thrive, hey, hey

Dahlia Malkhi (Calibra, Facebook)
Elette Boyle (IDC, Israel)
Irit Dveer Dinur (Weizmann Institute, Israel)
Julia Chuzhoy (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, USA)
Katrina Ligett (Hebrew University, Israel)
Keren Censor-Hillel (Technion, Israel)
Lisa Zhang (Bell-Labs, USA)
Mary Wooters (Stanford University, USA)
Michal Feldman (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
Nicole Immorlica (Microsoft Research, New England, USA)
Orna Kupferman (Hebrew University, Israel)
Rebecca Wright (Barnard College, USA)
Ronitt Rubinfeld (MIT, USA)
Shafi Goldwasser (Simons Institute at UC Berkeley, USA)
Shubhangi Saraf (Rutgers University, USA)
Shuchi Chawla (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)
Sofya Raskhodnikova (Boston University, USA)
Tal Malkin (Columbia University, USA)
Tal Rabin (Algorand Foundation, USA)
Yael Tauman Kalai (Microsoft Research, New England, USA)
Apr. 2020
Theory Shorts is a documentary web series that explores topics from the Simons Institute’s research programs.

Episode 1, “Perception as Inference: The Brain and Computation,” explores the computational processes by which the brain builds visual models of the external world, based on noisy or incomplete data from patterns of light sensed on the retinae.

Bruno Olshausen

Christoph Drösser

Michaelle McGaraghan

Kristin Kane
Michaelle McGaraghan

Shafi Goldwasser

Caresse Haaser
Christoph Drösser
Lukas Engelhardt

Barry Bödeker

Drew Mason
Omied Far
Michaelle McGaraghan
Matt Beardsley

Christine Wang
Bexia Shi
Lior Shavit

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Arash Fazl
Anders Garm
Jean Lorenceau and Maggie Shiffrar
Beau Lotto
A. L. Yarbus
Bruno Olshausen
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Playlist: 24 videos
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David Blei, Columbia University
Computational Challenges in Machine Learning
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Robert Schapire, Microsoft Research
Simons Institute Open Lecture Series
Apr. 11 – Apr. 15, 2016
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Nov. 2015
Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania
Algorithmic Game Theory and Practice
May. 2015
Dan Boneh, Stanford University
Theoretically Speaking Series

Theoretically Speaking is produced by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, with sponsorship from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College. These presentations are supported in part by an award from the Simons Foundation.
Mar. 2015
Ankur Moitra, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Information Theory, Learning and Big Data
Dec. 2014
James R. Lee, University of Washington
Simons Institute Open Lectures

Full title: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Spectral Graph Theory: A Confluence of Algorithms, Geometry, and Physics
Aug. 2014
Richard Karp, moderator, UC Berkeley
Ron Fagin, IBM Almaden
Russell Impagliazzo, UC San Diego
Sandy Irani, UC Irvine
Christos Papadimitriou, UC Berkeley
Omer Reingold, Microsoft Research
Michael Sipser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ryan Williams, Stanford University