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Women in Theory (WIT) workshop 2008

Princeton, NJ June 14-18, 2008 WomenInTheory2008@gmail.com

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We thank the following for their generous support of this workshop:

CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing researchThe D. E. Shaw group
Toyota Technological Institute - ChicagoIBM Watson Research Center - New York
National Science Foundation - Theory of ComputationMicrosoft ResearchCenter for Theoretical Computer Science at Princeton University

About the workshop

The Women in Theory (WIT) Workshop is intended for graduate and undergraduate students in the area of theory of computer science. The workshop will feature technical talks and tutorials by senior and junior women in the field, as well as social events and activities.

The motivation for the workshop is two fold: first to deliver an invigorating educational program. The second goal is to bring together theory women students from different departments and foster a sense of kinship and camaraderie.

Organizing Committee: Boaz Barak, Princeton (local co-chair); Moses Charikar, Princeton (local co-chair); Irit Dinur, Weizmann Institute; Shafi Goldwasser, MIT and Weizmann Institute; Tal Rabin, IBM Research (chair)

List of confirmed speakers (partial): Dorit Aharonov, Hebrew University; Shuchi Chawla, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Julia Chuzhoy, TTI; Irit Dinur, Weizmann Institute; Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research; Joan Feigenbaum, Yale; Shafi Goldwasser, MIT and Weizmann Institute; Sara Laschever; Tal Malkin, Columbia University; Eva Tardos, Cornell; Tiffani Williams, Texas A&M; Lisa Zhang, Bell-Labs;


Call for Participants

Female graduate and undergraduate students interested in attending the workshop are encouraged to apply by sending their CV and name of one professor we can contact for reference to WomenInTheory2008@gmail.com no later than February 1st, 2008. Professors can also nominate students by sending the student's details and a 1-2 paragraph recommendation letter to WomenInTheory2008@gmail.com . Female students from underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Postdocs as well as faculty and researchers are welcome to apply and attend on a space available basis. However, our funding is limited and we will not be able to provide support for travel and accommodation.

Some grants to assist with travel costs may be available- please indicate in your email whether you need such grants.

Notification of acceptance to the workshop will be by March 1, 2008.


Travel Information

All talks will be in the Friend Center, adjacent to the computer science department at Princeton University. It is on the corner of Olden and Williams streets. Click here for map of Princeton campus with WIT locations highlighted - see also this interactive map of campus and this interactive map of Princeton with restaurants and workshop related locations.

To get to Princeton by train from Newark Airport, take the New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor line to Princeton Junction station, and change there to the shuttle train (also known as "dinky") to Princeton. Note: You should buy a ticket all the way to Princeton (not just to Princeton junction), and retain the ticket to get on the shuttle. You can buy a cheaper roundtrip ticket as long as you don't use it in peak hours (for the Newark to Princeton direction the peak hours are afternoons on Monday to Friday, and for the reverse direction the peak hours are mornings on Monday to Friday). More travel information by car/plane/train can be found on this page.

Parking:

On Sunday, parking is free on the streets, and there are several spots on Olden Street, Williams Street and Prospect Ave. You can also use lot 10 (Sunday only), which is close to the location of the workshop Friend Center.

Monday onwards, you can park for free in either lot 21 or lot 23, and from there you take a shuttle, see map. Alternatively, there is metered parking on the streets. Several spots on Olden St and Williams St are 10 hour spots and are particularly convenient. If you use lots 21 or 23, you need to print out this form and place it on the windshield of your car.


Travel to New York

We have a free evening 4:30 onwards on Sunday. Some of you may want to take this opportunity to visit New York. For your convenience, here is information on getting to the city via public transport.

Here are the train times from Princeton dinky station to Penn station:
(Sunday schedule)
5:01 - 6:35
5:27 - 6:52
returns:
9:01 - 10:16
9:14 - 10:36
10:03 - 11:17
10:14 - 11:37
Round trip fare is 22.50
For more information, see the NJ Transit web site.

You can also catch a bus from Nassau St (short walk from workshop). Buses leave on the hour and get to Port Authority bus terminal (near Times Square) in 1hr 45min. To get to the bus stop, walk on Olden Street towards Nassau St and turn left on Nassau St. The buses have "Coach USA" written on them.
For return trip, buses leave on the hour from Port Authority (until midnight) and get to Princeton downtown in 1hr 30 min. You have to buy the return bus ticket before you board the bus. Bus fare is about 12.50 one way.
For more information, see the suburban transit website.

It's better to use the train to get back, since the Princeton dinky train station is closer to the dorms.


Accommodations

Housing is in Scully Hall in the south side of Campus, on Poe field between Washington Rd. and Elm Dr. (see map above). There will be a dorm registration desk open at Scully from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, where you can pick up your room keys. If you don't make it at this time, but get to campus between 8:30am and 5pm on Saturday, call 609-258-6117, and someone will meet you at Scully with your key. Guests arriving outside of office hours should pick up their key at Public Safety, which is located at 200 Elm Drive.

The dorms include basic linens (sheets, towels, pillow, blanket), but not wash cloths or toiletries.

Checkout

On Wednesday, you can leave your room key with Mitra Kelly at the desk and conference services will pick them up at 2:15pm. After 2:15pm, you have to hand them into 71 University Place (see the annotated campus map) but can use the mail slot (envelopes will be provided for the mail slot tomorrow).