The Second Symposium on Innovations in Computer Science (ICS2011) opened at Tsinghua’s FIT Building on January 7, 2011. Prof. Yong Qiu, Vice President of Tsinghua University, Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, and Prof. Amy Yuexuan Wang, Deputy Dean joined scholars from such prestigious universities and research institutions as Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kungl Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH), Tsinghua University and Microsoft Research New England at the opening ceremony.
Academician Andrew Yao remarks at the opening ceremony
As one of the top-ranking international academic conferences in theoretical computer science, Innovations in Computer Science (ICS) is initiated by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao and hosted by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences. It seeks to promote research that carries a strong conceptual message (e.g., introducing a new concept or model, opening a new line of inquiry within traditional or cross-disciplinary areas, or introducing new techniques or new applications of known techniques). Last year, ICS 2010 witnessed a great success with the publication of the high-level conference proceedings by Tsinghua University Press. As one of the gifts for the Tsinghua University Centenary Celebration, the success of ICS2010 is of great significance, indicating that Tsinghua University has made a critical step toward a world-class research university.
Prof. Qiu remarks at the opening ceremony
Prof. Yong Qiu, Vice President of Tsignhua said in his address that, Tsinghua University has long attached much importance on information science and has made great achievement in this field. ICS plays a positive role in enhancing the research levels and innovation ability of China’s information industry. And its host, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences headed by Prof. Andrew Yao would surely promote the innovative development of information science and cultivate the next generation of scientific talents in China.
Prof. Bernard Chazelle remarks at the opening ceremony
There are 38 papers accepted by ICS 2011 which represent leading-edge research results covering such fields as computational complexity, allocation algorithms and cryptography. Prof. Bernard Chazelle from Princeton University, who is Chair of the Program Committee, Member of European Academy of Sciences and Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences pointed out that the symposium focuses on innovation and the accepted papers have achieved breakthroughs in several areas.
Prof. Amy Yuexuan Wang hosts the opening ceremony
During the three-day symposium, there will be two invited talks by Prof. Silvio Micali from MIT and Prof. Gil Kalai from Hebrew University. At the Panel Discussion Session on the third day, Prof. Micali will join Prof. Noam Nisan from Hebrew University and Prof. Peter Bro-Miltersen from Aarhus University and other scholars in a high-level discussion with participants.
ICS 2011 has been sponsored by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, National Basic Research Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China and Tsinghua University. And the conference proceeding has been published independently by Tsinghua University Press.
Group photo of ICS 2011