AviFest, AviStories and Amazing Cash Prizes.

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Ladies and gentlemen,  a workshop in Princeton in honor of Avi Wigderson’s 60th birthday  is coming on October. It will take place at Princeton on October 5-8 2016 right before FOCS 2016.  Don’t miss the event !

Attendance is free but registration is required. Also there are funds for travel support for students for which you should apply before August 1st. Saturday lectures are joint with FOCS 2016 and will be held at the FOCS hotel (location TBA).

Here is what Boaz Barak, one of the organizers,  wrote about Avi and the event:

Avi is one of the most productive, generous and collaborative researchers in our community (see mosiac below of his collaborators). So, it’s not surprising that we were able to get a great lineup of speakers to what promises to be a fantastic workshop on Computer Science, Mathematics, and their interactions.


Cash Prizes!

Do you want to tell a story about Avi? or about Avi’s mathematics? or about collaborating with Avi? or to send some words of congratulations to Avi? Or something like that? Or something different? Or some reflections on the CS 1980 Technion picture below? or some guesses regarding the picture next to Avi in the very first post of this blog?


Just Contribute a comment and earn a prize of 10 Israeli shekels. (Your only duty would be to remind me about it when we meet.)

The theory of computing – goals and directions: twenty years later!

Here are two cool posts from computational complexity about the old debate, looked at after twenty years. Post 1 Lance Fortnow about the debate; post 2  (Avi’s perspective).


Speakers and Organizers:

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Scott Aaronson – MIT
  • Dorit Aharonov – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Noga Alon – Tel Aviv University
  • Zeev Dvir – Princeton University
  • Oded Goldreich – Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Shafi Goldwasser – MIT
    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Russell Impagliazzo –
    University of California, San Diego
  • Gil Kalai – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Richard Karp – University of California, Berkeley
  • Nati Linial – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Richard Lipton – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • László Lovász – Eötvös Loránd University
  • Alex Lubotzky – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Silvio Micali – MIT
  • Noam Nisan – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Toniann Pitassi – University of Toronto
  • Alexander Razborov – University of Chicago
  • Omer Reingold – Samsung Research America
  • Michael Saks – Rutgers University
  • Ronen Shaltiel – University of Haifa
  • Madhu Sudan – Harvard University
  • Eyal Wigderson – Hebrew University of Jerusalem

And here are the list of confirmed organizers:

  • Sanjeev Arora – Princeton University
  • Boaz Barak – Harvard University
  • Ran Raz – Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Peter Sarnak – Princeton University,
    Institute for Advanced Study
  • Amir Shpilka – Tel Aviv University


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One Response to AviFest, AviStories and Amazing Cash Prizes.

  1. Rupei Xu says:

    A scholar’s greatness is measured by the way how he face his “shortness”, that is more important. For our education, the heroes who have good achieveness got a lot of media attention. However, most of time, in the real world, they have to deal with failures and a lot of frustrations. Avi’s achieveness can be seen by all of us, but I learn more from his attitude how to face “shortness”. When I was still a master student in University of Minnesota Twin Cities about four years ago, Avi gave a public talk about NP Complete Problems in my university, after the talk, I asked him what strong NP was, he was very honestly to tell me he didn’t know without any unhappy look. Last year when I attended a workshop in Simons Institute, Boaz mentioned Avi’s mistake in his paper not only technically wrong but also morally wrong. Avi was the audience there, every one carefully looked at his response, he just gave a happy laughter, which made every one feeling funny and relaxed. Every one can have his weakness, even the greatest scholars, his attitude really inspire me a lot.

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