Tuesday, August 07, 2018

2018 Women@McKinsey Dissertation Award to GSSI alumna Yllka Velaj

GSSI alumna Yllka Velaj has been selected as co-recipient of the 2018 Women@McKinsey Dissertation Award (https://www.mckinsey.it/womenmckinsey-dissertation-award), which is given to a female researcher for a master or doctoral thesis on themes related to Advanced Data Analytics or Machine Learning. Yllka receives the award for her PhD thesis "Information spreading with network augmentation" that she completed at the GSSI under the supervision of Pierluigi Crescenzi (University of Florence) and Gianlorenzo D'Angelo (GSSI). The award comes with a job offer by McKinsey & Company, and with financial support to attend the Open Data Science Conference 2018, which will be held in London in the period 19-22 September 2018.

Citing the explanation of her work given by Yllka in the CWI press release:
"Understanding the dynamics that regulate the diffusion of information in complex networks has been one of the main goals in the field of complex network analysis. The problem, which is also known as influence spreading or information diffusion problem, is motivated by many applications in different fields: from marketing to epidemiology, going through the study of adoption of innovations and the analysis of social networks. In my PhD thesis, I designed new efficient algorithms which use a given budget to suggest new links to be added to the network in order to maximize the diffusion of information”.

Yllka is an Italian scientist of Albanian origin. She obtained her BSc in Computer Science and her MSc in Distributed Systems and Computer Networks from the University of L'Aquila. She was a PhD student in Computer Science in the joint PhD GSSI-IMT programme at the Gran Sasso Science Institute. After one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chieti-Pescara, in May 2018 she joined the Networks & Optimization group at CWI in Amsterdam as a winner of the fellowship programme promoted by ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.

Yllka's research interests include combinatorial algorithms, network analysis, algorithm engineering and recently also algorithmic game theory.

Congratulations to Yllka, her supervisors and the CS group at the GSSI as a whole.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Call for expressions of interest for a Full Professor Position in Algorithms at the Gran Sasso Science Institute

This call for expressions of interest for a Full Professor Position in Algorithms at the Gran Sasso Science Institute might be relevant for you or for some of your colleagues. Please distribute it as you see fit. The announcement is also here.

Gran Sasso Science Institute  Computer Science Group
Expression of Interest for a Full Professor Position in Algorithms
The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI  http://www.gssi.it) is a new, ambitious Centre for Advanced Studies and PhD School established in L'Aquila (Italy).
The Computer Science Group at the GSSI (http://cs.gssi.it/) invites expressions of interest for a permanent position in Algorithms at the level of Full Professor.
Candidates must have an excellent publication record, a clear potential to promote and lead research activities, and a specific interest in teaching skilled, internationally-recruited students at the postgraduate level.
Applications Applicants should submit their expression of interest by sending
  • a motivation letter,
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a list of publications and
  • a brief research statement.
Applications (and questions regarding the application process) must be submitted in electronic form, preferably by Friday, 7 September 2018, to eoi-cs@gssi.it.
Disclaimer Please note that this is not a job advertisement. Based on the received expressions of interest, the Gran Sasso Science Institute will decide whether to open an official call for a full professor position in algorithms and which selection procedure to follow.
Additional information
  1. Duties: Teaching postgraduate courses, leading internal seminars and tutoring PhD students. All activities are in English.
  2. Salary: The salary will be determined on a personal basis, also taking into account past positions covered abroad. An indicative figure of the gross amount for the starting (minimum) salary is 72,431 € per year. Net income may vary depending on income taxes, local taxes, retirement plan, health care deduction and tax exemptions. Professors who have held a tenured position outside Italy for more than three years (at the corresponding level) might be eligible for a partial recognition of past services, depending on specific legal constraints.

Friday, June 22, 2018

PhD positions at IMT Lucca, Italy

I have been asked to distribute the appended call for applications for PhD positions at IMT Lucca, which, as readers of this (lately rather inactive) blog might recall, is one of the Italian institutions close to my heart. If you have some strong student looking for a PhD position or you would like to embark in PhD studies yourself in one of the research areas covered at IMT Lucca, do consider this excellent opportunity. Lucca is a lovely town in Tuscany and has a very high quality of life. This (by now somewhat dated) video gives a good introduction to IMT Lucca.
UPCOMING DEADLINE: August 3rd, 2018 at 12:00 pm CEST

MORE INFORMATION: http://phd.imtlucca.it
We are pleased to inform you about the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca's two PhD Programs and their specialized tracks

Cognitive and Cultural Systems PhD Program
  • - Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH)
  • - Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences (CCSN)
Systems Science PhD Program
  • - Computer Science and Systems Engineering (CSSE)
  • - Economics, Networks and Business Analytics (ENBA)
  • No tuition fees, free room and access to IMT Canteen
  • A grant of €15,300 gross/year
Candidates can apply if they obtain their (minimum) 4-year undergraduate degree NO LATER than October 31st, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Child care at STOC 2018

Ilias Diakonikolas and David Kempe (STOC 2018 Local Arrangements Chairs) have asked me to post the following announcement, which will be of interest to potential STOC 2018 participants. Kudos to the STOC 2018 local arrangement chairs for organizing the first STOC providing subsidized, pooled childcare.

We are pleased to announce that we will provide pooled, subsidized child care at STOC 2018. The cost will be $40 per day per child for regular conference attendees, and $20 per day per child for students. For more detailed information, including how to register for STOC 2018 childcare, see

http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2018/childcare.html

Ilias Diakonikolas and David Kempe (local arrangements chairs)

Friday, April 06, 2018

ERC Advanced Grants to TCS Researchers

The ERC has announced the latest batch of ERC Advanced Grant recipients. The list of TCS and cryptography researchers who have been honoured with this prestigious accolade includes Peter Bürgisser (hat tip to Artur Czumaj), Jean-Sebastien Coron, Joan Daemen, Herbert Edelsbrunner, Javier Esparza, Joost-Pieter Katoen, Stefano Leonardi and Peter Sewell. Congratulations to all of the grant recipients!

Feel free to suggest additions to the list in the comments section.



Thursday, April 05, 2018

Eight four-year PhD positions in Computer Science at the Gran Sasso Science Institute

The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), based in l’Aquila, Italy, has just issued a call for eight four-year PhD positions in Computer Science. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of € 16,159.91 gross. (An additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period abroad if approved by the GSSI.) In addition, the following facilities and benefits apply:
• all PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI guest house and, starting from the second year, another accommodation or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement in L’Aquila);
• all PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers (1 per day, working days, except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules);
• all PhD students will have tuition fees waived;
• all PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities.

For further details see the call for applications at

http://www.gssi.infn.it/phd/docs/2018/CallPhDXXXIV.pdf.

The deadline for applications is the 20th of June, 2018, at 6 pm (Italian time zone).


Friday, February 23, 2018

Ful professorship at Aalborg University

I have been asked to advertise this full professor position at Aalborg University.  For what it may worth, I strongly recommend CS@Aalborg as I working place. 

FULL PROFESSORSHIP AT AALBORG UNIVERSITY
At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Computer Science, a permanent Full Professorship in Computer Science is open for appointment starting August 1, 2018 or soon thereafter. The position is enabled by a generous grant from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation and supports the focus areas “Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems” and “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence”.
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Mon Apr 02 00:00:00 CEST 2018
JOB DESCRIPTION
The objective of the position is to strengthen the department’s activities on combining theory and applications in the area of distributed, embedded, and intelligent systems.  Here, current research and teaching span topics such as semantic theories; algorithms and tools for verification and validation; model-driven development, analysis and optimization; and probabilistic models and algorithms for decision making and machine learning.
The position includes funding to recruit an assistant researcher within the research field of the professorship. The assistant researcher position is for four man-years and is funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.
The formal announcement including information about qualification requirements may be found at http://www.stillinger.aau.dk/vis-stilling/?vacancy=953383
You may obtain further professional information from Professor Kim Guldstrand Larsen, phone +45 2217 1159, email: kgl@cs.aau.dk
Cs at aalborg university
The Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University is ranked #1 in Denmark according to the Leiden Ranking.
The research at the department features a broad range of synergistic activities within research and education in the general area of computer science, including curiosity-driven research and targeted research in collaboration with industrial partners, as well as traditional university education, with a unique problem- and project-based focus, and continued education and knowledge dissemination. For more information see www.cs.aau.dk.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Noam Nisan receives the EATCS Award 2018

I just saw that the EATCS Awards Committee consisting of Artur Czumaj, Christos Papadimitriou and Jean-Eric Pin (chair) has selected  Noam Nisan as the recipient of the EATCS Award 2018 "for his decisive influence on a range of areas in computational complexity theory and for algorithmic mechanism design, an elegant and rigorous computational theory that aptly informs economics."

The laudatio for the award, which will be presented to Noam at ICALP 2018 in Prague, is available here. Congratulations to Noam!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Most Influential POPL Paper Award 2018: "Multiparty asynchronous session types" by Kohei Honda, Nobuko Yoshida and Marco Carbone

I heard the great news that the paper Multiparty asynchronous session types by the late Kohei Honda, Nobuko Yoshida and Marco Carbone has received the Most Influential POPL Paper Award 2018. See


This award is given annually to the author(s) of a paper presented at the Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL) held 10 years prior to the award year. The papers are judged by their influence over the past decade.

The citation for the award is available from the above-mentioned web page, but I repeat it here for ease of reference:

Session types are a type-based framework for codifying communication structures and verifying protocols in concurrent, message-passing programs. Previously, session types could only model binary (two-party) protocols. This paper generalizes the theory to the multiparty case with asynchronous communications, preventing deadlock and communication errors in more sophisticated communication protocols involving any number (two or more) of participants. The central idea was to introduce global types, which describe multiparty conversations from a global perspective and provide a means to check protocol compliance. This work has inspired numerous authors to build on its pioneering foundations in the session types community and has initiated many applications of multiparty session types in programming languages and tools. It has also influenced other areas of research, such as software contracts, runtime verification and hardware specifications.

Congratulations to the authors of the paper and to the concurrency community at large, whose work over the last ten years contributed to this award and, most importantly, to significant scientific advances that are now embodied in programming languages and tools that are already having practical impact (see the work with Cognizant, Red Hat, and VMWare on Scribble, and with the OOI), and that I believe will find increasing application in years to come. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Five Postdoctoral positions in Computer Science at Gran Sasso Science Institute

Five Postdoctoral positions in Computer Science at
Gran Sasso Science Institute in L'Aquila (Italy)
http://www.gssi.it/
Deadline:  2 March 2018 at 6 p.m. (Italian time zone)


The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI, http://www.gssi.it/), a recently established international PhD school and a centre for advanced studies in computer science, mathematics, physics and social sciences offers 18 postdoctoral research positions, five of which are dedicated to computer science and more specifically to themes that are strongly connected to the pillars of the PhD program in computer science:

- Algorithmic foundations of social and computer networks.
- Software systems and services.
- Specifications and analysis of concurrent reactive systems

The research grants are awarded for two years and their yearly amount is € 36.000,00 gross.

Candidates who are preparing their doctoral thesis are eligible to apply; however, they must have obtained their PhD degree before taking up their appointment with GSSI. Selected candidates are expected to start their appointments no later than 1 November 2018.

The application must be submitted through the online form available at www.gssi.it/postdoc/ by 2 March 2018 at 6 p.m. (Italian time zone).
Each application should include the following material:

- the CV of the applicant,
- a research statement,
- up to 3 publications and
- the name and email of two references.

For more information, please consult the Call for Applications at www.gssi.it/postdoc/ or write an email to info@gssi.it.

Prospective candidates are also welcome to contact Luca Aceto (luca.aceto AT gssi.it) or Michele Flammini (michele.flammini AT gssi.it). 

Friday, January 12, 2018

PhD positions at the School of Computer Science, Reykjavik University

The School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University is advertising PhD scholarships. See https://en.ru.is/scs/ph.d-studies/ for details.

The Icelandic Centre of Excellence in Theoretical Computer Science is one of the research centres within the school and is seeking PhD candidates in the following fields: logic and concurrency (contacts: Anna Ingolfsdottir and Luca Aceto), algorithms and distributed computing (contacts: Eyjólfur Ingi Ásgeirsson and Magnús Már Halldórsson), combinatorics and automated proofs (contact: Henning Ulfarsson), types and programming-language semantics (contact: Tarmo Uustalu).

Friday, January 05, 2018

Call for nominations for the 2018 Alonzo Church Award

Catuscia Palamidessi asked me to post the call for nominations for this year's Alonzo Church Award for Outstanding Contributions to Logic and Computation. I encourage all members of the community to nominate their favourite paper or small group of papers in logic and computation published within the past 25 years.


The 2018 Alonzo Church Award for Outstanding Contributions to Logic and Computation
Call for Nominations
Introduction
An annual award, called the Alonzo Church Award for Outstanding Contributions to Logic and Computation, was established in 2015 by the ACM Special Interest Group for Logic and Computation (SIGLOG), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), and the Kurt Gödel Society (KGS). The award is for an outstanding contribution represented by a paper or by a small group of papers published within the past 25 years. This time span allows the lasting impact and depth of the contribution to have been established. The award can be given to an individual, or to a group of individuals who have collaborated on the research. For the rules governing this award, see: http://siglog.org/awards/alonzo-church-award/.
The 2017 Alonzo Church Award was given jointly to Samson Abramsky, Radha Jagadeesan, Pasquale Malacaria, Martin Hyland, Luke Ong, and Hanno Nickau for providing a fully-abstract semantics for higher-order computation through the introduction of game models, see: http://siglog.org/winners-of-the-2017-alonzo-church-award/.
Eligibility and Nominations
The contribution must have appeared in a paper or papers published within the past 25 years. Thus, for the 2018 award, the cut-off date is January 1, 1993. When a paper has appeared in a conference and then in a journal, the date of the journal publication will determine the cut-off date. In addition, the contribution must not yet have received recognition via a major award, such as the Turing Award, the Kanellakis Award, or the Gödel Prize. (The nominee(s) may have received such awards for other contributions.) While the contribution can consist of conference or journal papers, journal papers will be given a preference.
Nominations for the 2018 award are now being solicited. The nominating letter must summarise the contribution and make the case that it is fundamental and outstanding. The nominating letter can have multiple co-signers. Self-nominations are excluded. Nominations must include: a proposed citation (up to 25 words); a succinct (100-250 words) description of the contribution; and a detailed statement (not exceeding four pages) to justify the nomination. Nominations may also be accompanied by supporting letters and other evidence of worthiness.
Nominations should be submitted to catuscia@lix.polytechnique.fr by March 1, 2018
Presentation of the Award
The 2018 award will be presented at ICALP 2018, the International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming. The award will be accompanied by an invited lecture by the award winner, or by one of the award winners. The awardee(s) will receive a certificate and a cash prize of USD 2,000. If there are multiple awardees, this amount will be shared.
Award Committee
The 2018 Alonzo Church Award Committee consists of the following five members: Thomas Eiter, Javier Esparza, Catuscia Palamidessi (chair), Gordon Plotkin, and Natarajan Shankar.