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Why Conferences?

An undergrad thesis from North Carolina State University tries to tackle the question as to why computer science has used conferences as its main and most prestigious...

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The Death of Expertise

Four years ago I tried to catch up with deep learning and this summer I aimed to try to catch up again. Who would've thought 2017 is ancient history.I watched the...

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The hierarchy and GapP

There is a great but little-known theorem from the early 90's by Seinosuke Toda and Mitsunori Ogihara (buried as Lemma 2.3 in their paper) that shows the polynomial...

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The Long Road

Guest blogger Varsha Dani tells us why it's never too late.This week, I am starting as an Assistant Professor at RIT and I am super excited about it. What's the...

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Trusting Scientists

 A tweet that made me think. If you think you don't trust scientists, you're mistaken. You trust scientists in a million different ways every time you step onJuly...

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Recognizing Faces

I sometimes have trouble recognizing faces, matching faces to people I've interacted with in the past. It's not a disease like prosopagnosia, I can certainly tell...

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Pole Vault Live Blogging

As I write this I'm watching the women's pole vault final in the Olympics. Of the 15 women who made the finals, only four remain after two heights.To expand ontweet...

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Covid Stats

A stat often quoted: About 97% of hospitalized coronavirus patients have not been vaccinated.  People take this as proof that once vaccinated no worries. But I...

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Technical Difficulties

After returning from vacation last weekend (hello North Dakota--my 49th state visited), all sorts of odd problems arose. This blog stopped working, a P v NP paper...

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Intersecting Classes

If you have two complexity classes that have complete sets, the intersection might not, for example NP ∩ co-NP. The world of total-function classes acts differently...

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Collusion Rings

Grigory Yaroslavtsev now maintains the Theory Jobs Spreadsheet, a crowd-sourced listing of where your favorite CS theorists have taken new positions. Read his blog...

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The Future of Faculty Hiring

Faculty hiring in computer science is a process long due for an overhaul. The pandemic certainly changed some of the dynamics moving most of the interviews online...

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What happened to self-driving cars?

In 2014, I wrote a blog post about a fake company Elfdrive. With a near record-setting investment announced last week, the self-driving car service Elfdrive is...

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Does the university matter?

As we come out of a pandemic with online teaching and research collaborations, how much do we actually need the university?Theoretical research in computer science...

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Emerging from the Pandemic

The City of Chicago yesterday agreed with the latest CDC guidelines that those of us fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in most settings. Lollapalooza...

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Cryptocurrency, Blockchains and NFTs

 I first wrote about bitcoin in this blog ten years ago after I gave a lecture in a cryptography class I taught at Northwestern. Two years later I had a follow-up...

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Negotiations

So you got an offer to be an assistant professor in the computer science department at Prestigious U. Congratulations! Time to negotiate your offer with the chair...

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The Million Dollar Sermon

Illinois Tech has one of the greatest origin stories for a university. In 1890 Frank Gunsaulus, a pastor on the south side of Chicago, gave a sermon where he said...

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Ordering Beauty

First, congratulations to fellow complexity theorist and blogger Scott Aaronson for receiving the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for "groundbreaking contributionsMaradona...

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Quantum Stories

Scott Aaronson wrote last month about the hype over quantum computing. I'd thought I'd drop a few stories.I was once asked to review a grant proposal (outside the...
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