DIMACS:

DIMACS Fall Mixer Series

First Mixer - Thursday, September 19, 2002

Second Mixer - Tuesday, October 22, 2002

DIMACS invites you to its Fall Mixer series. All DIMACS members, visitors, postdocs, and students are invited to join us Thursday, September 19 at DIMACS, hosted by the DIMACS staff and on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at Telcordia Technologies hosted by Jon Kettenring. The purpose of this mixer program is to introduce the new postdocs, graduate students and DIMACS visitors to each other and to DIMACS visitors from the different DIMACS institutions.


September 19, 2002 Mixer at DIMACS, Rutgers University

On September 19, we have an exciting program, featuring talks by a number of DIMACS people. The program is still in preparation, but one of the high points will be a talk by Carl Pomerance from Bell Labs. The topic of his talk will be "What's New in Primality Testing", and he will describe the new deterministic time, primality test of Agrawal, Kayal, and Saxena. A second important talk by Giovanni Di Crescenzo of Telcordia is entitled Randomness-Optimal Characterizations of Two NP Proof Systems. This talk will discuss quantitative aspects of randomness in two types of proof systems for NP.

There will also be talks by Sorin Alexe, a RUTCOR graduate student, Irit Dinur, a Post Doc from NEC, Manoj Prabhakaren and Edith Elkind - both Princeton graduate student. Full details of the program, including titles of talks and abstracts may be found at: http://dmac.rutgers.edu/Events/2002/mix1.html

The program starts with lunch at 12:15pm in Room 401 of the CoRE Building at Rutgers. In order to plan for the luncheon, we would appreciate your letting us know in advance of your intention to come or lunch. Please RSVP to Christine Spassione (spassion@dmac.rutgers.edu) by September 15. Those who do not RSVP are still welcome, but we would appreciate your giving us your intentions in advance. Further details will appear in a later email.


October 22, 2002 Mixer at Telcordia

This mixer will be held at the Auditorium (Room MCC 1D237R) of the Morristown location of Telcordia Technologies (address: 445 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960-6438). Directions can be obtained from:

http://www.telcordia.com/aboutus/locations/mcc_direction.html

The featured speakers at the October 22 mixer are Professors Amit Sahai of the Computer science Deptartment at Princeton, and Eric Allender from the Rutgers Computer Science Department. The respective titles of their talks will be Software Obfuscation, and Power from Random Strings. In addition to this, there will be talks by Gabriela Alexe, Michael Capalbo, Graham Cormode, Subhash A. Khot, Ashkay Vashisht, and Xuerong Yong.

A lucheon will be served. In order to plan for this luncheon, we would appreciate your letting us know in advance of your intention to come for lunch. Please RSVP to Joseph Fulinello (973-829-4598), e-mail address: jfulinel@telcordia.com. Those who do not RSVP are still welcome, but we would appreciate your giving us your intentions in advance.

Since visitors must be signed in at the entrance, it is suggested that you arrive at the building by 10:30 am, so that the meeting can start on time. People arriving later should call Joseph Fulinello (Extension 4598) from the front desk.


If there are any questions concerning the DIMACS Mixer Series, please contact Eric Luhrs at elurhs@dmac.rutgers.edu. We look forward to meeting you all this Fall at the mixers!