Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing
The second annual Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC) is planned to be held on June 9-11, 2021, at the Harvard Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA). (Depending on the feasibility of travel, the Symposium may move to a virtual or hybrid format.) FORC is a forum for mathematically rigorous 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.
Topics that fall in scope include, but are not restricted to, formal approaches to privacy, including differential privacy; theoretical approaches to fairness in machine learning, including the investigation of definitions, algorithms and lower bounds, tradeoffs, and economic incentives; computational and mathematical social choice (including apportionment and redistricting); theoretical foundations of sustainability; mechanism design for social good; mathematical approaches to bridging computer science, law and ethics; and theory related to modeling and mitigating the spread of epidemics. The Program Committee also warmly welcomes mathematically rigorous work on societal problems that have not traditionally received attention in the theoretical computer science literature. Whatever the topic, submitted papers should communicate their contributions towards responsible computing, broadly construed.
The symposium itself will feature a mixture of talks by authors of accepted papers and invited talks. At least one author of each accepted paper should be present at the symposium to present the work (with an option for virtual attendance, as needed).
Dual Submission Policy. Authors must indicate at the time of submission whether they are submitting to the archival-option track or the non-archival track.
Authors are also responsible for ensuring that submitting to FORC would not be in violation of other journals’ or conferences’ submission policies.
PC members and reviewers will be aware during the review process of whether papers have been submitted as archival-option or non-archival. The PC reserves the right to hold non-archival papers to a different standard than archival-option papers.
All questions about submissions should be emailed to the PC chair, Katrina Ligett, at email@example.com
FORC Steering Committee
FORC 2021 Program Committee
Katrina Ligett (chair)
Submission deadline: February 15, 2021 AOE (anywhere on Earth)
Author notification: March 31, 2021
Conference: June 9-11, 2021