Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Visions in Theory Workshop

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:
  1. Identify broad research themes within theoretical computer science (TCS) that have potential for a major impact in the future,
  2. 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 (; the CCC's Council operates as a committee of CRA.


  1. I spotted that the link is slightly incorrect - should be just

  2. Has quantum computing caused much impact beyond the small community of people who are committed to it as their research interest (e.g., to be listed on par with something like RSA)?