NSF Workshop on Algorithms In The Field (8F)

Premise: Computer Science (CS) is rapidly evolving. We need to understand the evolving CS systems and their algorithmic foundations. This needs close collaboration between the researchers in algorithmic foundations and expert researchers in various areas. The premise is that researchers from different communities should work jointly “in the field”, constantly informing each other, inventing in their respective areas, and forging systems that are simultaneously validated by both algorithmic and systems communities (and without needing to make independent research threads meet ex post).

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a working vision for examples of Algorithms in the Field, near term goals and directions for research in the future. The outcome of this workshop will be a report contributed by the participants that will inform the academic community and future funding programs. Scientifically, we hope bringing people with widely varied research interest together with algorithms researchers will lead to happy collisions, and unexpected directions of research.

Details: The workshop will be held at DIMACS, NJ, May 16--18, and attendance is by invitation only. Many NSF programs within CISE from CCF to IIS and CNS will be represented.  Topics of interest in systems include networking, databases, data mining, machine learning, social networks, massive data, robotics and graphics among others; all areas of algorithms are of interest including parallel, linear-algebraic, randomized, approximate, graphs, scheduling, etc. See the list current confirmed invitees here. There will be a handful of talks, and a few breakout sessions for focused discussions in depth.

Participation: If you are interested in participating or have suggestions/questions, please email nsfw8f@gmail.com with the subject: "NSF Workshop on 8F". Local students who are interested in participating (with support for hotel, meals and limited local transportation), please email nsfw8fstudents@gmail.com with the subject "
NSF Workshop on 8F" with a CV.  For logistic and operational details, see DIMACS page.

Organizing & Advising Committee (OAC):
Hari Balakrishnan (MIT)                                               Paul Barford (Wisconsin)
Tanya Berger-Wolf (U. Illinois)                                      Inderjit Dhillon (UT, Austin)
Tina Eliassi-Rad (Rutgers)                                           Christos Faloutsos (CMU)
Phillip Gibbons (Intel)                                                  Joseph Hellerstein (Berkeley)
Michael Jordan (Berkeley)                                           S. Muthukrishnan (Rutgers)
George Varghese (UCSD)                                           Suresh Venkatasubramanian

Local arrangements: (MassDAL, Rutgers Univ)
Priya Govindan                                                         Darja Krushevskaja
Qiang Ma                                                                 Aleksandar Nikolov
Brian Thompson                                                       Jinyun Yan