FOCS 2021 is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Mathematical Foundations of Computing.

Conference Info

IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2021) – Now Taking Place Virtually

The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. After evaluating the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to transform the IEEE FOCS 2021 conference into an all-digital conference experience – IEEE FOCS 2021 will now be an online event. ThereforeIEEE FOCS 2021 will no longer take place in Denver, Colorado and will instead take place virtually. The conference dates remain the same – February 7-10, 2022. Proceedings will not be cancelled, and publications will continue as planned. 

Important Dates

  • Conference: February 7-10, 2022
  • Early Registration: Before February 6, 2022
  • Paper submission deadline: 5pm EDT, June 3, 2021
  • Notification: End of August, 2021 (note that this is after SODA submission deadline)
  • Final version due: November 15, 2021 
  • Test of Times Awards Nomination Deadline: October 31, 2021

NSF Awards

You can find information on funding opportunities for eligible students and postdoctoral fellows here

Conference Program

You can find the conference program here

Accepted Papers

You can find a list of accepted papers here

Best Paper Awards

Best Paper:

Nutan Limaye, Srikanth Srinivasan and Sébastien Tavenas. Superpolynomial Lower Bounds Against Low-Depth Algebraic Circuits

Machtey Award for Best Student Paper:

Xiao Mao. Breaking the Cubic Barrier for (Unweighted) Tree Edit Distance

Test of Time Awards

The test of time awards have been announced here

Program Committee

Alex Andoni Columbia
Pranjal Awasthi Google
Yossi Azar Tel Aviv University
Arnab Bhattachryya National University of Singapore
Zvika Brakerski Weizmann Institute of Science
Anindya De University of Pennsylvania
Uriel Feige Weizmann Institute of Science
Ankit Garg Microsoft Research India
Anna Gilbert Yale
David Gosset University of Waterloo
Joshua Grochow University of Colorado Boulder
Johan Håstad KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Daniel Hsu Columbia
Prateek Jain Google India
Russell Impagliazzo UC San Diego
Pritish Kamath Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Anna Karlin University of Washington
Tali Kaufman Bar-Ilan University
Ravi Kumar Google
Silvio Lattanzi Google Zurich
Yin Tat Lee University of Washington
Lorenzo Orecchia University of Chicago
Merav Parter Weizmann Institute of Science
R. Ravi Carnegie Mellon University
Susanna Rezende Czech Academy of Sciences
Noga Ron-Zewi University of Haifa
Aviad Rubinstein Stanford
Barna Saha UC Berkeley
Daniel Spielman Yale
Piyush Srivastava Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Daniel Stefankovic University of Rochester
László Végh London School of Economics
Cynthia Vinzant North Carolina State University and IAS
Nisheeth Vishnoi Yale
Amir Yehudayoff Technion – Israel Institute of Technology