Live from the STOC 2016 business meeting:
• Where is everybody?
Only 50 people are here, and there's free beer? Weird.
• 327 registrants (44% students, 16% from the Boston area), which is more than Portland, but less than the previous three years.
• ~200 at the joint workshop day, about the same as a usual STOC tutorial day.
• Only about 20 people registered for both SoCG and STOC. (Oh no. I'm the five percent!)
• STOC/SIGACT is trying to lose money—too large a surplus in previous years—and not quite succeeding.
• 370 submissions (up from 347 last year, only 3 P=NP papers), 92 accepted (25%), 500 external reviewers, 45–47 papers per PC member. Multiple submissions over 100 pages; average submission 30–40 pages.
• Thoughts from Yishay Monsour: Force submissions with more than 10 pages to post a full version on the arXiv? Physical PC meetings are good, but hard to scale as submissions increase (and therefore PC grows).
• No thoughts about what keywords to include in the title, what country/time zone to submit from, how many revisions to submit, or what topics to write about to maximize acceptance probability. Booooring.
• Three best paper awards this year. None of the authors of the first paper are here, so too bad. Eshan Chattopadhyay and David Zuckerman accepted the award for "Explicit two-course extractors and resilient functions", and Laci Babai accepted the award for being isomorphic to Laci Babai.
• Danny Lewin Best Paper award to Lequi Zhu, "A tight space bound for consensus", and Amir Abboud and Greg Bodwin, "The 4/3 additive spanner exponent is tight".
• Laci Babai also awarded the SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize for founding the free online journal Theory of Computing
), the SIGACT proceedings donation program, and other efforts to promote easy access to the CS theory literature.
• Other prizes: Gödel Prize, Paris Kannelakis (Looooooo Beeeeeeee), Presburger Award, Turing Award, ACM Fellows.
• STOC 2017 in Montreal will be the first Theory Festival. STOC 2018, which will be the 50th STOC, is planned for either Santa Monica or downtown Los Angeles. Second half of June. "Colocated" with CCC 2018 in San Diego. So, no voting then, which might explain why nobody's here.
• Time for the Theory Festival! Five-day event (June 19–23, 2017) with slightly larger regular program, multiple-day poster sessions, invited talks on best papers from other conferences, tutorials, workshops, and dancing bears. Yes, +Michael Mitzenmacher
actually promised dancing bears. Twice.
I have 50 witnesses.
• STOC proceedings are open access if you follow the right link, but not if you don't. Sadly, neither Google nor the ACM Digital Library are the right link.
• SIGACT has a metric shit-ton of money. FY 2017 starting balance is about $975,000. Revenue: $20K from SIGACT memberships, $80K from ACM DL downloads, $12K in interest on surplus.
• Pays to reduce registration fees, travel grants to students, STOC PC expenses, programs for women and minorities, SIGACT News
. In bold: SIGACT covers all ACM overhead for SIGACT conferences this year.
Sigh. Ask me if I regret SOCG's decision to leave ACM.
• Me: Why isn't SIGACT News
just free? Michael: Because SIGACT members should get something for their membership fees, but we've thought about it. Laci: Nonsense!
• Jack gives his NSF presentation again. Weird statistics: Computer Science gets 82% of their US federal research support from NSF; Mathematics gets only 61% from NSF. Core program acceptance rate over last 4 years is about 25%, which is significantly higher than other programs. Submit proposals. Volunteer.
• +Tim Roughgarden
on CATCS: Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, https://thmatters.wordpress.com/
, meow, meow, meow, https://cstheory-jobs.org/
, meow, meow, sample proposals, meow, meow, meow, writing tips for general science
journals, improving TCS entries in Wikipedia, award nominations, meow, meow.
• Other business: +Lance Fortnow
advertises ACM Transactions on Computation Theory
, +Boaz Barak
advertises Avi Widgerson's 60th birthday workshop before FOCS, +Michael Bender
advertises SPAA (oh, wait that's SODA).