Being a Researcher on Many Fronts
Many algorithmers (algorithmus -> algorithmi?) work in different "applied" areas besides the core area of algorithm research. Besides STOC/FOCS/SODA/ICALP/.... and specialized conferences within algorithms like SPAA/SoCG/..., they also publish in SIGCOMM/SIGMOD/SIGGRAPH/.... It has its benefits, but also significant costs. For example, the deadlines for these conferences sometimes come bunched together or they are spread out through the year with narrow gaps making one lurch from one deadline to another. Also critically, one has to pick amongst equals while traveling to conferences when they overlap. I am in a quandary: I have papers in ESA and its satellite workshop (thanks to my coauthors Gagan Aggarwal and Jon Feldman, my first paper on Auctions) in Zurich Sept 11 -- 15, I am giving a talk at SIGCOMM Minenet (detailed program here) in Pisa Sept 11 -- 15, and of course I want to be at VLDB in Korea, Sept 12 -- 15. Alas.