In all the conversation about SoCG leaving the ACM, there were many discussions about ownership, paywalls, and money. This leads naturally to questions of ideals. What can and ought a research community be like? What should it cost to realize this? Isn't it enough to bring together researchers and in an unused lecture hall at some university somewhere, provide coffee (and wifi), and create a venue for sharing problems, solutions, and new research in an open and friendly atmosphere? There is a place for large conferences, with grand social events (Who will forget the boat cruise on the Seine at SoCG 2011?), but there is also a place for small meetings run on shoestring budgets that are the grassroots of a research community.
The Fall Workshop on Computational Geometry is such a meeting. It started in 1991, at SUNY Stony Brook and has been held annually every fall since. I first attended a Fall Workshop during my first year of graduate school, back in 2005. This year marks the 24th edition of the workshop, and this time, I will be hosting it at the University of Connecticut. It is organized as a labor of love, with no registration fees. There are no published proceedings and it is a great opportunity to discuss new work and fine-tune it in preparation for submission. It is perfectly timed to provide a forum for presenting and getting immediate feedback on your potential SoCG submissions. I cordially invite you to submit a short abstract to give a talk and I hope to see you there.
Submission deadline: Oct 3 midnight (anywhere on earth)
Conference: Oct 31-Nov 1, 2014.