Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Super Theory Day at Columbia on May 14

Editor's Note: I don't plan to be an announcement server but this theory day deserves some extra publicity. Despite the self-aggrandizing it looks like quite an impressive event. Five famous speakers and most of them are known to give great talks.

The panel discussion should be quite interesting especially since Karp and Wigderson have had in the past well-publicized differing views on the topic. Read them here and here before you attend the panel.

There will be a super special Theory Day at Columbia on Friday, May 14, 2004. Theory Day, sponsored by Columbia, NYU and IBM Research, is a semi-annual conference which brings together New York Metropolitan area theorists for a day of interaction and discussion.

Why have a special one?

Because we have several reasons to celebrate:

  1. Columbia University celebrates its 250th anniversary.
  2. The Computer Science Department celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  3. The Computer Science Theory group at Columbia celebrates its terrific theory faculty. The most recent addition is Mihalis Yannakakis.
The speakers and panelists will be:

Shafi Goldwasser (MIT/Weizmann)
Richard Karp (UC Berkeley)
Prabhakar Raghavan (Verity/Stanford)
Peter Shor (MIT)
Avi Wigderson (IAS)

Mihalis will chair a panel discussion on the future of CS theory.

To make this Theory Day really special we are planning

  1. to provide lunch to the participants
  2. to provide a commemorative T-shirt.
You will have to RSVP to get either; contact Rocco Servedio.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating theory in the midst of the local celebrations at Columbia.

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