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Workshop on Local Algorithms (WOLA) 2020

Announcement Regarding COVID-19: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have decided to hold a virtual and shorter version of WOLA this year. WOLA 2020 will run for two days between 8am - 12pm PT to maximize the attendance. This year, we will only include spotlight talks and short (postdoc/student) talks. Hopefully next year we can go back to a more inclusive format.

Local algorithms --- that is, algorithms that compute and make decisions on parts of the output considering only a portion of the input --- have been studied in a number of areas in theoretical computer science and mathematics. Some of the related areas include sublinear-time algorithms, distributed algorithms, streaming algorithms, (massively) parallel algorithms, inference in large networks, and graphical models. These communities have similar goals but a variety of approaches, techniques, and methods. This workshop is aimed at fostering dialogue and cross-pollination of ideas between the various communities. The workshop will feature a small number of longer spotlight talks that, in part, survey approaches by various communities, as well as short, focused talks on recent, exciting results.

The first WOLA was held in the Fall of 2016 at MSR New England, the second WOLA was held in the summer of 2018 at MIT, and last year the third WOLA was held in the summer of 2019 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

When: July 20th - July 21st, 2020 (8am-12pm Pacific Time)
Where: The workshop will be held virtually.

Organizing Committee:
Register
All researchers interested in Local Algorithms are invited to attend. Attending the workshop is free, but please register via this form before June 30th, 2020.
Call for Short Talks
This year we will have short (5-10 minutes) talks for postdocs and graduate students. If you would like to give such a talk please submit your proposed title and abstract via this form before May 15th.
Spotlight Speakers
TBD
Schedule
TBD