Workshops
Spring 2021

Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science (ITCS) Conference

Jan. 6Jan. 8, 2021

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The 12th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science (ITCS) conference will be hosted by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing from January 6-8, 2021. This event will be held virtually. 

The schedule can be found here: http://itcs-conf.org/itcs21/program.html

ITCS seeks to promote research that carries a strong conceptual message (e.g., introducing a new concept, model or understanding, opening a new line of inquiry within traditional or interdisciplinary areas, introducing new mathematical techniques and methodologies, or new applications of known techniques). ITCS welcomes both conceptual and technical contributions whose contents will advance and inspire the greater theory community.

Theoretical computer science has produced a remarkable wealth of beautiful ideas with tremendous impact on computer science and beyond. Some of the most powerful contributions, such as P versus NP, pseudo randomness, zero-knowledge proofs, PCP, quantum computers, boosting, etc, represent not only major technical breakthroughs, but also distill fundamental computational concepts and make deep connections between different fields and areas. STOC and FOCS played a critical role in nurturing these connections when the field was smaller and more intimate, by providing a forum where essential new ideas could be distilled, rapidly communicated, assimilated, discussed and reinterpreted. With the growth of the theoretical computer science and the corresponding deluge of information, what is the most effective role that a conference can play in facilitating the type of dialog necessary for future powerful contributions to the field? The quest of ITCS is to embody the answer to this question.

Dialog and discussions between sub-areas of ITCS are facilitated by organizing ITCS as a single track conference, with "Chair rants" helping provide the context for each session. Moreover, submissions, refereeing and presentations emphasize the I in ITCS: new concepts or models, new lines of inquiry, new techniques or novel use of existing techniques, and new connections between areas. Communication is further aided by rapid dissemination (four months from submission to conference), and free access via electronic proceedings.