FOCS 2013
54th Annual IEEE Symposium on
Foundations of Computer Science

October 27–29, 2013
DoubleTree Hotel at the Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, California

FOCS 2013: Call for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

Workshop and Tutorial Day: Saturday, October 26, 2013

Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs: Moses Charikar and Chris Umans

On Saturday, October 26, immediately preceding the main conference, FOCS 2013 will hold a workshop-and-tutorials day. We invite groups of interested researchers to submit workshop or tutorial proposals. The goal of a workshop is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss important research questions, directions, and challenges. Connections between theoretical computer science and other areas, topics that are not well represented at FOCS, and open problems are encouraged as workshop topics. Organizers are completely free to choose their workshop formats (invited speakers, panel discussions, etc.). The program for October 26 may also involve tutorials, each consisting of 1-2 survey talks on a particular area, and we welcome tutorial proposals as well.

FOCS does not have funds to pay travel expenses or honoraria to invited workshop and tutorial speakers, but we do anticipate funds for breaks with snacks and drinks. Workshop and tutorials attendance will be free for all FOCS registrants, and will also be available separately for a reduced registration fee, for those not attending FOCS itself.

Proposal submission:

Workshop and tutorial proposals should be no longer than 2 pages. Please include a list of names and email addresses of the organizers, a description of the topic and the goals of the workshop or tutorial, the proposed workshop format (invited talks, contributed talks, panel, etc.), and proposed or tentatively confirmed speakers if known. Please also indicate the preferred length of time for your workshop or tutorial, along with the minimum acceptable time. We anticipate a 4-5 hour block for each workshop and a 1-3 hour block for each tutorial. Please feel free to contact the Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs at the email addresses below if you have questions about workshop or tutorial proposals.

Submission deadline:

Proposals should be submitted by August 15, 2013, via email to and Proposers will be notified by September 1, 2013, about whether their proposals have been accepted.