What's newsworthy is the shifted submission deadline. Last year, the ICS submit-accept cycle was highly compressed, to make sure it didn't clash with either SODA or STOC. This year, it's in direct conflict with SODA (submission deadline Aug 2), which should make things interesting for the SODA submission levels.
Since the conference is still in some flux (I don't know where it will be next year), it's probably too soon to comment on the timing/deadlines, but I wonder whether it will continue to be a good idea to have SODA and ICS be in direct conflict.
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