I’m happy to announce that the Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) department will be continuing to grow this year. The ad for our faculty search is now up, so spread the word!
As you’ll see, the ad is intentionally broad. We are looking for strong applicants across computer science and applied math. We look for impressive, high-impact work rather than enforcing preconceived notions of what is hot at the moment, and we are definitely welcoming of areas on the periphery of computing and applied math too — candidates at the interface of EE, mechanical engineering, economics, biology, physics, etc. are definitely encouraged to apply! One of the strengths of our department (and Caltech in general) is the permeability of the boundaries between fields.
I’m hoping that most of the people who read this blog have already heard, but in case they haven’t — next Fall, the Simons Institute is hosting a semester-long program on Algorithms and Uncertainty, which I am co-organizing with Avrim Blum, Anupam Gupta, Robert Kleinberg, Stefano Leonardi, and Eli Upfal.
It should be a very interesting semester, and we’ve already lined up a long list of interesting long-term participants. The planning for the workshops is just beginning, but there will be three main events: an initial “Boot Camp” and then two workshops: “Optimization and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty” and “Learning, Algorithm Design, and Beyond Worst-Case Analysis”.
More info about all of the events will be posted here as it becomes available.
The reason for posting about this now is that a call recently went up for Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships, which are for junior researchers within six years of their PhD. Please spread the word about the application — the deadline is December 15, 2015.