FOCS 2016
57th Annual IEEE Symposium on
Foundations of Computer Science

October 9 - 11, 2016
Hyatt Regency
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Call for FOCS 2016 Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

  • Workshop and Tutorial Day: Saturday, October 8, 2016
  • Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs: Alexandr Andoni and Aleksander Madry
  • Submission deadline: August 31, 2016
  • Notification: September 7, 2016

On Saturday, October 8th, immediately preceding the main conference, FOCS 2016 will hold a workshop-and-tutorials half-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.

Format: the workshop/tutorial half-day will start at 2:30 pm, and end at 6 pm. Organizers are completely free to choose their workshop formats (invited speakers, panel discussions, etc.). Note that, in the morning, there will be another event affiliated with FOCS’16: "A celebration of Mathematics and Computer Science: Celebrating Avi Wigderson's 60th birthday" Both this event and the workshop/tutorial half-day are held at the FOCS’16 hotel.

FOCS does not have funds to cover travel expenses or honoraria for invited workshop and tutorial speakers. Workshop and tutorials attendance will be, however, free and there is no separate registration for attending them. FOCS will also support a coffee break for the workshops/tutorials attendees but no lunch will be provided.

Proposal submission

Workshop and tutorial proposals should, ideally, fit one page. Please include a list of names and email addresses of the organizers, a brief 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. Feel free to contact the Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs at the email addresses below if you have any questions.

Submission deadline

Proposals should be submitted by August 31, 2016, via email to and Proposers will be notified by September 7, 2016 whether their proposals have been accepted.