(Posted by request of Vijay V. Vazirani. Flame him for any spelling or grammar mistakes, or if you don't like the content.)
Another reason to goto FOCS: There will be a theory day on Saturday Oct 24:
- 50th Anniversary of Foundations of Computer Science, and
- 20th Anniversary of the ACO Program at Georgia Tech
- Richard Karp, University of California, Berkeley
- Mihalis Yannakakis, Columbia University
- Noga Alon, Tel Aviv University
- Manuel Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
ACO is a multidisciplinary PhD Program in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
(Back to Bill. Flame him for any spelling or Grammar mistakes or if you don't like the content.) (1) Lance pointed out that you DO NOT need a paper to goto FOCS (or any other conference). This is even more true for Theory Day's where typically there are only 4 or 5 speakers. What if only those who were presenting went? What if they gave a theoryday and nobody came? (2) What do you think of having theory days or workshops or whatnot adjacent to a conference? I think its a great idea since it saves on travel time. Does it get more people to goto the conference? Does it get more people to goto the theory day or workshop? Is there any downside? For the user I suspect NO DOWNSIDE. For the organizers it may add some complications.