VCLA Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The VCLA honors 10 years of achievements at the International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS).
The Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms (VCLA) was founded in September 2011 and officially opened in January 2012. On August 23, 2022, VCLA’s 10th anniversary was celebrated during the International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS).
VCLA 10th Anniversary
VCLA co-chairs Agata Ciabattoni and Stefan Szeider reviewed the past years in the celebratory gathering and highlighted important events and projects. They also remembered longstanding colleague Helmut Veith, co-founder of VCLA, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. His legacy and commitment to promoting young researchers are honored through the VCLA International Student Awards, which were awarded at the MFCS, and the Helmut Veith Stipend.
The VCLA promotes international scientific cooperation in logic and algorithms research and aims to inspire young people to study in this field. Many activities are aimed at the general public, for example, the annual Logic Lounge. Inspiring and supporting women in their IT careers is crucial for VCLA: The Helmut Veith Stipend is awarded to women who have taken up or will soon take up a master’s degree in computer science taught in English at TU Wien Informatics every year. Moreover, VCLA offers the workshop series “Diary of the Computer Scientist” as part of the project ADA for girls aged 11 to 14, who gain an insight into working in the field by talking directly to experienced female computer scientists.
MFCS 50th Anniversary
VCLA’s founding anniversary was not the only reason to celebrate: The Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science Symposium is one of the longest-standing expert gatherings in theoretical computer science. For its 50th anniversary, the series was hosted by TU Wien, where leading experts like Fedor V. Fomin (University of Bergen), Monika Henzinger (University of Vienna), Marta Kwiatkowska (University of Oxford), Vijay Vazirani (University of California) and ISTA president Thomas Henzinger shared latest insights into groundbreaking research.
Co-located to the symposium, the Algorithms and Complexity Research Unit organized the MATCH-UP 2022, headed by Jiehua Chen. This international and interdisciplinary workshop focuses on “Matching Under Preferences”. Over 80 participants took part in the 2022 workshop on 24-26 August at TU Wien Informatics, making the 6th workshop of the series a great success.