Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing Bears

Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing Bears 2013 February 14, 2013 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing Funded by the Simons Foundation Selected in competition among 18 leading research universities including MIT/Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago Our trump cards in the competition: strong department(s), outreach to diverse fields, ties with

industry, enthusiastic faculty, strong campus support, Calvin Hall Berkeleys Vision for the Simons Institute Create the worlds leading center for research in the theory of computing; Strengthen the fields core and foundations; Set the agenda for a theory of computing that extends far beyond the current reach of the field. The Computational Lens

Many phenomena in the physical, biological, engineering and social sciences, and in the world of commerce, can be viewed as essentially computational in nature, and can be studied with the methods of theoretical computer science. Conferences at Berkeley in 2002 and 2011 highlighted the growing impact of the computational lens on areas such as quantum information science, statistical physics, social networks, economics and game theory, molecular biology, evolutionary biology and machine learning. The computational lens will be a recurrent theme in the programs of the Simons Institute The Computational Lens: Examples

Will the effort to understand the limits of quantum computing lead to a major revision of quantum mechanics? Beyond micro- and macro-, will the understanding of the economic processes underlying information networks require the development of a new nano-economics?

Biological phenomena from evolution down to the living cell are inherently computational in nature and cannot be fully understood without computational models; In statistical physics, phase transitions coincide precisely with the onset of computational intractability. Planned Programs Spring 2013

Symposium on Visions of the Theory of Computing Exploratory meeting on Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity Fall 2013 Real Analysis in Computer Science Theoretical Foundations of Big Data Analysis Spring 2014 Evolutionary Biology and the Theory of Computing

Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity Fall 2014 Complexity and Algorithms in Algebraic Geometry Algorithmic Spectral Graph Theory Symposium on Visions for the Theory of Computing May 29-31, 2013

Bernard Chazelle, Princeton David Haussler, UC Santa Cruz Jeff Hawkins, Numenta

Shafi Goldwasser, MIT Jon Kleinberg, Cornell S. Muthukrishnan, Google Christos Papadimitriou, UC Berkeley Judea Pearl, UCLA John Preskill, CalTech Al Roth, Stanford Ned Seeman, NYU Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study Resources A. Simons Foundation

$6M per year for 10 years (plus prospect of endowment): $4.5M net per year after overhead and building renovation. B. Campus Contributions Calvin Hall;

Two Senior Scientist positions joint with campus departments. Allocation of two FTE of floating faculty release time to participate in the Institute; Graduate Fellowships; Chancellors Visiting Professorship (one semester per year); 50% start-up funds for 7 Institute-related faculty campus-wide. C. Faculty Hiring Prasad Raghavendra joined the faculty in fall 2012; Commitment to hire two Senior Scientists split 50/50 with Institute.

Main Scientific Activities Based around semester-long programs; Typically two programs per semester; Ongoing worldwide solicitation of program proposals; Annual review of proposals by Scientific Advisory Board ; Final selection of programs 1.5 2 years before start date; Programs will be judged on scientific merit and on alignment with mission of the Institute. Anatomy of a Program Approximately 35 long-term participants, including:

3-5 program organizers 6-10 visiting and Berkeley faculty 6-10 postdocs 10-20 visiting and Berkeley graduate students Additional influx of approximately 35 people for each of three week-long workshops. Sample Semester Program Schedule Weeks 2 to 2

Preparatory intensive summer/winter school for graduate students, postdocs and other program participants, taught by program faculty. Weeks 5, 10 and 15 Week-long program workshops (~70 participants each), with proceedings viewable via live webcast. Ongoing Two weekly seminars in-house, plus two broadly accessible Simons Lectures per semester presented at the Banatao Auditorium (4 total per semester). 1 Year after program Week-long follow-up workshop organized by the programs postdocs. Additional Events Biennial Symposium showcasing the Institutes achievements (patterned

after our 2002, 2006/7, 2011 Symposia); Summer workshops (1 day to 2 weeks) on fast-breaking research topics, more speculative topics, or worthy topics that were not selected for full programs; IEEE FOCS Conference (odd years, starting in 2013); Advanced graduate courses on campus linked to programs (in addition to the summer/winter preparatory schools); Impact on Faculty Hiring Two Senior Scientists to be hired in next three years (50% campus, 50% Institute); Total of ten campus positions total over ten years associated with the mission of the Institute

Impact on EECS Research Environment Potential for faculty/student involvement in programs on, e.g.: Image processing Robotics Communication Theory Databases/Privacy Security Computational Science Neuroscience Nanotechnology Machine Learning

.. ~20 programs during the lifetime of a typical grad student; Every grad student should find at least one program thats exciting, relevant, and mind-broadening; Also: stronger ties with natural & social sciences on campus. CALVIN HALL New Initiatives Outreach Public events

K-12 education Collaboration with Industry For further information, contact: Kristin Kane, Managing Director [email protected] +1 510.643.7270 http://simons.berkeley.edu Thank you. Achievements

Appointment of Kristin Kane (Managing Director) and two additional staff Calvin Hall renovation (ongoing) Appointed Scientific Advisory Board and held three meetings Planning of six programs and two workshops for years 2013 2014

Initiated external search for a Senior Scientist Selection of 32 Simons Fellows to participate in Fall, 2013 and Spring, 2014 programs (ongoing) Symposium on Visions of the Theory of Computing (May 2013, planning ongoing) Turing Centenary celebration (September 2012) Website development and branding design (ongoing) Challenges Completing renovation and landscaping of Calvin Hall;

Joint agreements with key IT companies and research organizations; Educational activities with K-12 students and teachers. Governance Board Graham Fleming Structure Vice Chancellor for Research

Scientific Advisory Board Richard Karp Founding Director (1 of 2) Research Support & Accounting (ERSO)

Fundraising Support (URel, CoE, L&S) (fundraising) Executive Assistant Director of Administration Alistair Sinclair Associate Director

Christos Papadimitriou Senior Scientist (1 of 2) Executive Assistant Program Organizers (4 per program) IT and AV Services (Eric Fraser, EECS) Public Affairs

Manager Program Attendees (visiting faculty, UC Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students) (1 of 2) Program Officer

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