Tsinghua-MIT-CUHK Research Center for Theoretical Computer Science (CTCS)

The Inauguration Ceremony of Tsinghua-MIT-CUHK Research Center for Theoretical Computer Science took place at the Reception Hall of the Main Building, Tsinghua University on June 21, 2010. Prof. Si Yuan, Vice President of Tsinghua University hosted the Inauguration Ceremony and Prof. Xi Chen, Deputy Secretary of Party Committee and Vice Minister of Education, Academician Binglin Gu, President of Tsinghua University, Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, A.M. Turing Award laureate in the year 2000, member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Susan Hockfield, President of MIT, Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice Chancellor Designate of CUHK all presented at the Inauguration Ceremony and unveiled the plaque of the Research Center. Delegates from the three universities, faculty members and students from the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, Tsinghua University (ITCS) also joined the Inauguration Ceremony.

The Tsinghua-MIT-CUHK Research Center for Theoretical Computer Science is the first joint venture of its kind that MIT has established in China. It is also the first established by Tsinghua University with a top American university in the field of theoretical computer science.

(1) Scope: The Research Center has been co-founded by ITCS at Tsinghua University, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT (CSAIL), and the Institute of Theoretical Computer Science and Communications (ITCSC) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Research Center has been founded for the purpose of conducting collaborative scientific research on theoretical computer science, whose initial research agenda is broadly construed on the theory of computation and will be expanded in time and with success to include additional research areas in computer science, such as computational biology and machine learning.

(2) Activities: Major activities will include student and faculty exchanges, as well as joint research projects. Initially, there will be two undergraduates and two graduates per year from each university. To provide continuity and increase connections, these students will form teams that will work together at each institution. We also encourage joint supervision of the teams by faculty members across universities.