Thursday, April 29, 2010


  1. STOC Early Registration closes on April 30. STOC itself is June 6,7,8.
  2. CCC Early Registration closes May 3. CCC itself is June 9,10,11.
  3. EC Early Registration closes on May 6. EC itself is June 7-11.
  4. The IBM Research|NYU|Columbia Theory Day is Friday, May 7, 2010. See here for details.
  5. Call for applications for 2011-11 Computing Innovation Fellows. For details see here.
Predictions that are not on intrade.
  1. CCC will top 100 for attendance. I think so because (1) In prior years when we co-located with STOC we have topped 100: Berkeley-1986 we had 110, and Montreal 2002 we had 140. (2) I suspect there are people who often goto STOC who will go to CCC this year since it is easy to do. (I am the opposite- I always go to CCC (only missed one) and will goto STOC because it is easy to do.) See here for info on attendance at CCC and here for opinions on the attendance at CCC.
  2. STOC and EC overlap may hurt one or both of them. I could be wrong and it may help both of them since you can dash from hotel to hotel depending on the session.
  3. CCC and EC overlap may hurt one or both of them. I could be wrong and it may help both of them since you can dash from hotel to hotel depending on the session.
  4. Lance is going to ALL THREE: STOC, CCC, EC. I hope he's in good shape to do all that dashing. (This is not a prediction since I know that its true.)
  5. Theory Day in New York will be AWESOME! I doubt that can be quantified. Hence it cannot be on intrade. (Alas I cannot go because of other commitments.)
  6. The winners of the Computing Innovation Fellows will deserve it, though some of the people who apply who don't get it will also deserve it.


  1. The CI-fellows announcement is so late this year -- who could possibly apply, except people who already have postdocs?

  2. Or people who don't have jobs yet?

    It doesn't seem reasonable though, since most postdocs don't pay 75K per year plus moving and travel expenses. So many people probably have already agreed to less lucrative deals.

  3. All but the most risk-seeking will have accepted some sort of job offer (research or otherwise) by the time the CIF awards are announced around July 1. So I don't see how this program can possibly achieve its goals of "retain[ing] new Ph.D.s in research and teaching during challenging economic times, and to support intellectual renewal and diversity in computing fields at U.S. organizations." Giving 40 of the people who happened to have ended up in academic post docs hefty raises is not a bad idea, but it seems silly to pretend this program will have significant effect on how many postdocs go to which institutions.

  4. In particular, this year there were *tons* of postdocs in TCS--more than I have ever seen. So just adding more lucrative postdocs doesn't seem to be necessary this year.

    Last year, while there were not quite so many postdocs in TCS, the CI fellows program basically just awarded people who already had academic postodcs a larger salary (they just apply to the institution where they already accepted their postdoc). Thus, it didn't give awards to people who otherwise did not find work. It's just about a higher salary.

  5. Anon #4 is only thinking of TCS. CI Fellows is for all of CS.