Friday, September 11, 2009

Memorial Workshop for Rajeev Motwani

Plans have been in the offing for a memorial workshop for Rajeev Motwani, and now the details are available. Below is the announcement (sent by Ashish Goel):
Dear friends,

As you might know, our dear friend and colleague, Rajeev Motwani, passed away in a tragic accident on June 5, 2009. We are holding a technical workshop titled

Randomized Algorithms: Theory and Applications

at Stanford University on Sep 25th, 2009, from 10am - 2:30pm to honor Rajeev's research in the area of algorithms and their applications. If you did not know Rajeev's research, please see for a brief introduction.

The workshop will take place at the Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall. Workshop attendees are also invited to a memorial celebration starting at 4:00pm at the Stanford Memorial church, followed by a performance by one of Rajeev Motwani's favorite bands, Indian Ocean. The registration URL, web-page information, parking directions, and talk titles will follow in a later email.

Registration will be free, but mandatory. Please feel free to bring this to the attention of any colleagues/students who you think might wish to attend, and send me an email if you have any questions.

Workshop program:

10 - 10:45 am
Welcome remarks
Retrospective by Richard Karp, UC Berkeley
Technical talk by Sanjeev Khanna, University of Pennsylvania

10:45 - 11:30 am
Retrospective by Jeff Ullman, Stanford University
Technical talk by Piotr Indyk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Retrospective by Chandra Chekuri, University of Urbana-Champaign
Technical talk by David Karger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

12:15 - 1:30 pm
Lunch for registered attendees

1:30 - 2:30 pm
Retrospective by Ron Conway, Venture Capitalist
Technical talk by Sudipto Guha, University of Pennsylvania
Technical talk by Aleksandra Korolova, Stanford University

The Scientific committee for the workshop consisted of:
Moses Charikar
Ashish Goel
Richard Karp
Prabhakar Raghavan
Tim Roughgarden
I'll update this post with the registration URL when it becomes available.

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