TOCA-SV Inaugural Meeting

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TOCA-SV Inaugural Meeting

By Moses Charikar, Omer Reingold and Greg Valiant of Stanford, Ravi Kumar and D. Sivakumar of Google

When and where

Date and time

Friday, November 4, 2016 · 10am - 5pm PDT


Tresidder Oak Lounge Building: tresidder memorial union (02-300), 2nd Floor 459 Lagunita Dr Stanford, CA


The inaugural meeting of a new forum for stronger and continuous collaboration between CS theoreticians in academia and industry in the Silicon Valley area. We will hear talks from students, faculty and industrial researchers. We will discuss ways to facilitate collaborations and will socialize.

Attendance is free, but please register. Parking lots are available at Stanford and the Stanford shuttle from the Palo Alto caltrain station is another option.

10:00-10:30 light breakfast
10:30-12:00 talks:
  • 10:30-11:15 Surya Ganguli, Stanford
    Toward theories of deep learning
  • 11:20-11:40 Vitaly Feldman; IBM Almaden;
    Generalization and adaptivity in stochastic convex optimization
  • 11:40-12:00 Sanjam Garg, Berkeley
    Recent Advances in Cryptographic Program Obfuscation
  • lunch
  • 12:30: short presentations by students:
    Amir Abboud, Vaggos Chatziafratis, Nathanaël Fijalkow, Ofir Geri, Andrea Lincoln, Vatsal Sharan, Jacob Steinhardt, David Wajc, Joshua Wang
2:00-2:40 talks:
  • 2:00-2:20 Mary Wooters, Stanford;
    A few different notions of locality in error correcting codes
  • 2:20-2:40 Sushant Sachdeva, GoogleA simple Laplacian Solver via Sparse Gaussian Elimination
2:40-3:40 Panel discussion on industry-academia collaboration:
  • Andrei Broder, Google; Moses Charikar, Stanford; Henry Corriga-Gibbs, Stanford; Dahlia Malkhi, VMware; Luca Trevisan, Berkeley;
3:40-5:00 Happy Hour

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