FCRC talks

Mental Wilderness

I was at FCRC (the CS conference conglomerate that happens once every 4 years), June 13-19. Here are some of the talks I found particularly memorable.

Personal notes on FCRC talks are at https://workflowy.com/s/wkI79JfN0N and on STOC/CCC/EC talks (very rough) are at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27883775/wiki/math/pdfs/stoc.pdf. Note that neither has been edited.

FCRC award/plenary talks

  • Turing award lecture (The Land sharks are on the squawk box), Michael Stonebraker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbGeKi6T6QI): Stonebraker draws parallels between his work in building Postgres, a relational database system, and his cross-country bike trip. He described numerous challenges and how they were overcome in both situations, concluding that they were both about “making it happen”.
  • Interdisciplinary research from the view of theory, Andrew Yao: Yao comes from the viewpoint of theoretical computer science but has then worked on connections to physics (quantum computation), economics (auction theory), and cryptography (certifiable randomness). Theoretical computer science started with computability…

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