Sunday, May 15, 2011

NSF W8F: Last heave

Thanks to efforts of many, and mainly thanks to those who accepted our invitation to come out and brainstorm (without giving a talk, and with minimal information on what the workshop will be. my sincere thanks to them and this is an IOU, collect when you need it), we are near the beginning of the NSF Workshop on Algorithms In The Field (W8F). The webpage has been updated with the list of attendees, schedule, abstracts, breakout meeting rooms, etc.

We have a limited number of talks. These will frame individual issues, large themes, and set us for our discussions. Check out the abstracts, some truly exciting talks on the menu, from FOCS to Education, right things to cheap wins!

We have a fantastic set of attendees. Now all that remains is to bring an open mind, discuss and find exciting ideas, directions, collaborations. Weather is rainy and promises to be that way M-W. We will be away from grading, teaching and admin (in case of academics) and bosses, quarters, or deliverables (in other cases), so let us have fun, solve some problems, or at least pose them.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The workshop is shaping up to be a very interesting event - largely due to Muthu's tremendous organizational efforts. The pre-workshop dinner last night was excellent (even though I only sampled the wine) - anyone who missed, really missed.

The real questions in my mind are (i) how much cross pollination will actually take place as a result of the workshop? (ii) how much focus will there be on problems of significant societal interest (ie. the problems that are inherently cross-domain? (iii) what if any kind of outcome will there be from an NSF perspective? Time will tell. I would say that there is indeed an opportunity for good outcomes on all of the above given the attendee list.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And where are the talk slides and videos being posted?

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul: without you, we would not have pulled off one of the biggest segments. Thank you! And thank you for bringing in John Doyle, who was a creative burst.

Talk slides are up on a password protected site and should be released soon. I am still working thru the videos.

-- Metoo

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Btw, David Eppstein ( has nice reports on the workshop talks.

-- Metoo

2:33 AM  

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