Friday, August 20, 2004

"Conclusions and Open Problems" (by Adam Klivans)

Unless Lance has been involved in some unfortunate roller coster accident, this is most likely my last post. It remains to be seen whether I will be allowed to keep my posting privileges here on the board (place your bets on "No"). What I've taken away from this experience, more than anything else, is that posting every day is a tremendous time sink. Lance, kudos to you for the almost daily missive.

At the end of most technical talks is the obligatory "Conclusions and Open Problems" slide, usually the least thought out moment of the presentation, which consists of a brief summary of the talk and a list of the most obvious (difficult) open problems. For the last few years, COLT has glorified the open problems section and allocates about an hour of time for a presentation of open problems. The open problems themselves must be submitted months beforehand and are refereed (how rigorously is anyone's guess); accepted problems appear in the proceedings. A list of this year's open problems can be found on the COLT 2004 program schedule -- the session was held on Friday evening.

Are there any other computer science conferences where open problems are refereed and given their own slot in the program? It always seems to work out well at COLT, and while I am aware of open problems being presented at rump sessions at various conferences, I don't know of other venues which require advance submission of problems.

With that, gentle reader, I return you to Lance's wise embrace. If I ever get to guest blog again, I will reveal what's hidden in Lance's "Private" directory here on Some "lost" theorems apparently-- here's an aborted post entitled "Soon I will be famous: a simple proof that NP = coNP" -- and here's another unfinished note with some not so nice things to say about Algorithms. And what's this? A love letter to Jessica Simpson? Oh if only we had more time.

1 comment:

  1. As it turns out, this year's Fall Workshop on Computational Geometry will have a special session on Open Problems.

    An excerpt:
    To promote a free exchange of questions and research challenges, there will be a special focus on Open Problems, with a presentation on The Open Problems Project, as well as an Open Problem Session to present new open problems. Submissions are strongly encouraged to include stand-alone open problems, which will be collected into a separate webpage and considered for inclusion in The Open Problems Project.