I got this email and was NOT asked to blog
about it, but should have been:
Visions for Theoretical Computer Science
Theoretical Computer Science (TCS) aims to understand the intrinsic
capabilities and limitations of efficient computation. This subfield of
computer science has a record of producing unexpected discoveries of
high impact, such as public-key cryptography and quantum computation;
and of raising deep scientific questions, such as the P vs. NP question.
On May 17, 2008, the TCS community will engage in a CCC-sponsored
"visioning" workshop at the University of Washington in Seattle. The
goals of the visioning workshop will be to:
Identify broad research themes within theoretical computer science
(TCS) that have potential for a major impact in the future,
Distill these research directions into compelling "nuggets" that can
quickly convey their importance to a layperson.
The nuggets produced in the workshop will serve to highlight the
importance of sustained support for long-term, fundamental computing
research, and to inspire the TCS community in its future efforts.
All researchers interested in theoretical computer science are
encouraged to provide input for the visioning process. Since space is
limited, those interested in attending should apply as soon as possible.
(Ideas are welcome even from those who cannot attend.) More information
is available at the workshop's website
Organizing Committee: Bernard Chazelle (Princeton), Anna Karlin (U.
Washington), Richard Ladner (U. Washington), Dick Lipton (Georgia Tech),
Salil Vadhan (Harvard).
About the Computing Community Consortium
The National Science Foundation created the Computing Community
Consortium with the goal of stimulating the computing research community
to imagine, articulate, and pursue more audacious research
visions-visions that will capture the imagination and change the world.
The CCC is funded through an NSF award to the Computing Research
Association (www.cra.org); the CCC's Council operates as a committee of