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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

SUMMER SCHOOL: Advanced Course on the Foundations of Computer Science, 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2011, GERMANY

12th Max-Planck Summer School Advanced Course on the Foundations of Computer Science (ADFOCS 2011) will be held in the week before ALGO'11, Saarbruecken (Germany)

Grant applications: June 30
Early registration: July 15
Late registration: August 15

ADFOCS is an international summer school held annually at the Max Planck Institute of Informatics 
(MPII). It is organized as part of the activities of the MPII, in particular the International 
Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS), MPII's graduate program. The purpose of this summer school 
is to introduce young researchers to topics which are the focus of current research in theoretical
computer science. We bring together three leading researchers in the field and international 
participants at the graduate level and above.

Our invited speakers give three 90-minute lectures with subsequent exercise and discussion sessions.
The topics and lecturers are:

* Designing Approximation Algorithms using Semidefinite Programming Sanjeev Arora, Princeton University

* Additive Integrality Gaps and Discrepancy Theory Friedrich Eisenbrand, EPFL

* Algorithmic Mechanism Design: Fundamental Techniques and Future Challenges Robert Kleinberg, Cornell University

ADFOCS will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken, Germany. 
Saarbruecken is the capital of one of Germany's 16 federal states, the Saarland. It is conveniently
located in the center of Europe, on the border of Germany with France, between Luxembourg, the 
Saar-Mosel valley, Frankfurt, and Strasbourg. Being located on several main train and road routes, 
Saarbruecken is easily reachable from Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Paris, or Luxembourg. Saarbruecken also
has its own international airport.

The registration fee is EUR 120 for *early registration before July 15* and EUR 170 after that date.
The fee covers lunches and social events. It does not include accommodation, but we can help you 
with your reservations. Per-night prices, including taxes and breakfast, typically range from 
EUR 20 (youth hostel, double room) to about EUR 60 (hotel, single room). A limited number of grants
for graduate students or young researchers are available, for application please send a CV and a 
letter of recommendation before *June 30*. Please note that grants roughly cover your registration 
and accommodation fees, but will not be sufficient to cover your travel costs.

The homepage of ADFOCS, providing forms for registration and hotel reservation can be found at

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ADFOCS team by sending an 
email to adfocs at

Organizers: Anke van Zuylen and Christine Rizkallah, MPII Saarbruecken