FORC 2020: Call For Papers

Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing

The Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC) is a forum for mathematical research in computation and society writ large.  The Symposium aims to catalyze the formation of a community supportive of the application of theoretical computer science, statistics, economics and other relevant analytical fields to problems of pressing and anticipated societal concern. 


Important Dates

February 11: Submission Deadline
March 23: Notification to Authors
April 1: Camera Ready Deadline
June 1-3: The conference


Any mathematical work on computation and society is welcomed, including topics that are not yet well-established and topics that will arise in the future. This includes the investigation of definitions, algorithms and lower bounds, trade-offs, and economic incentives in a variety of areasA small sample of topics follow: formal approaches to privacy, including differential privacy; fairness and discrimination in machine learning; bias in the formation of, and diffusion in, social networks; electoral processes and allocation of elected representatives (including redistricting). 

The inaugural FORC will be held on June 1-3 at the Harvard Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA), and will have its proceedings published by LIPIcs. The program committee will review submissions to ensure a high quality program based on novel, rigorous and significant scientific contributions. Authors of accepted papers will have the option of publishing a 10-page version of their paper in the proceedings, or publishing only a 1-page extended abstract, to facilitate the publication of their work in another venue. 1-page abstracts will appear on the website, but not in the proceedings. The symposium itself will feature a mixture of talks by authors of accepted papers and invited talks.

Authors should upload a PDF of the paper through Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=forc2020. The font size should be at least 11 point and the paper should be formatted in a single column. Beyond these, there are no formatting or length requirements, but reviewers will only be asked to read the first 10 pages of the paper. It is the authors’ responsibility that the main results of the paper and their significance be clearly stated within the first 10 pages. Submissions should include proofs of all central claims, and the committee will put a premium on writing that conveys clearly and in the simplest possible way what the paper is accomplishing.  Authors are free to post their paper on arXiv, etc. Future details will appear on the conference website: https://responsiblecomputing.org/.

Steering Committee

Avrim Blum
Cynthia Dwork
Sampath Kannan
Jon Kleinberg
Shafi Goldwasser
Kobbi Nissim
Toni Pitassi
Omer Reingold 
Guy Rothblum
Salvatore Ruggieri
Salil Vadhan
Adrian Weller

Program Committee

Yiling Chen, Harvard
Rachel Cummings, Georgia Tech
Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon University
Moritz Hardt, UC Berkeley
Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft Research
Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania
Katrina Ligett, Hebrew University
Audra McMillan, Boston University and Northeastern
Aaron Roth, University of Pennsylvania (Chair)
Guy Rothblum, Weizmann Institute
Adam Smith, Boston University
Steven Wu, University of Minnesota
Jonathan Ullman, Northeastern
Jenn Wortman Vaughan, Microsoft Research
Suresh Venkatasubramanian, University of Utah
Nisheeth Vishnoi, Yale
James Zou, Stanford

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