The 10th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science (ITCS) conference will be held at UCSD in San Diego, California from January 10-12, 2019.

ITCS seeks to promote research that carries a strong conceptual message (e.g., introducing a new concept, model or understanding, opening a new line of inquiry within traditional or interdisciplinary areas, introducing new mathematical techniques and methodologies, or new applications of known techniques). ITCS welcomes both conceptual and technical contributions whose contents will advance and inspire the greater theory community.

Important dates

Submission deadline:

Notification to authors:

Conference dates:


September 7, 2018 (11:59pm PST)

October 31, 2018

January 10-12, 2019

Local Organizer

Shachar Lovett, UCSD

Program committee

Scott Aaronson, UT Austin
Eric Blais, Waterloo
Jeremiah Blocki, Purdue
Avrim Blum, TTIC, Chair
Simina Branzei, Purdue
Bernard Chazelle, Princeton University
Amit Daniely, Hebrew University
Sanjoy Dasgupta, UC San Diego
Zeev Dvir, Princeton University
Uriel Feige, Weizmann
Michal Feldman, Tel-Aviv University
Rong Ge, Duke
Venkatesan Guruswami, CMU
Moritz Hardt, UC Berkeley
Russell Impagliazzo, UC San Diego
Brendan Juba, Washington University St Louis
Varun Kanade, University of Oxford
Eyal Kushilevitz, Technion
Yingyu Liang, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Shachar Lovett, UC San Diego
    Sepideh Mahabadi, TTIC
Yishay Mansour, Tel-Aviv University
Rafael Pass, Cornell University
Sofya Raskhodnikova, Boston University
Dana Ron, Tel-Aviv University
Ron Rothblum, Technion
Aviad Rubinstein, Stanford University
Aaron Sidford, Stanford University
Yaron Singer, Harvard University
Mohit Singh, Georgia Tech
Adam Smith, Boston University
Jacob Steinhardt, UC Berkeley
Madhur Tulsiani, TTIC
Vinod Vaikuntanathan, MIT
Thomas Vidick, Caltech
Matt Weinberg, Princeton
Ryan Williams, MIT
Mary Wootters, Stanford University
Mihalis Yannakakis, Columbia University
Shengyu Zhang, CUHK and Tencent


Specific submissions instructions will be up shortly. The font size should be at least 11 point and the paper should be single column. Beyond these, there are no formatting requirements.

Submissions should not have the authors' names on them. Instead, author and institution information is to be uploaded separately. PC members will still be able to access author names in the reviewing process if they feel they need to: for instance, if it is necessary to send the paper to a subreferee, they can make sure the subreferee is not an author, or if your paper improves over the recent work of [1], PC members may wish to see if [1] is you. However, the intent of this procedure is to make it easier for PC members to remove unconscious biases. You are free to post your paper on ArXiv, etc.

Authors should strive to make their paper accessible not only to experts in their subarea, but also to the theory community at large. It is typically wise for the paper to contain, within its first few pages, a concise and clear presentation of the merits of the paper, including a discussion of its significance, innovations, and place within (or outside) of our field's scope and literature. Included here should be an overview (similar to a brief oral presentation) of key technical ideas and methods used to achieve the main claims. The committee will put a premium on writing that conveys clearly and in the simplest possible way what the paper is accomplishing. In particular, authors are encouraged to provide as much intuition as possible. While there is no official limit on the length of a submission, PC members are not responsible for reading beyond the first ten pages. However, the paper should also allow PC members to easily expand their understanding of any specific detail they deem important for evaluating the submission.

Prior, simultaneous, and subsequent submissions

Results published/presented/submitted at another archival conference will not be considered for ITCS. Simultaneous submission to ITCS and to a journal is allowed. Papers accepted to ITCS should not be submitted to any other archival conferences.

Accepted papers

Papers accepted to the conference must be presented at the conference by one or more of the authors. The exact schedule of presentations, including the time allotted for each presentation, will be decided based on the pool of accepted papers. The PC may, for instance, choose to allocate some accepted papers a 20-minute slot and others a shorter slot plus a poster presentation at an evening poster session. Conference attendees will be expected to abide by an anti-harassment code of conduct such as those at recent TCS conferences.

Invited poster presentations

The program committee may invite individuals to present recent work at a poster presentation.

Graduating bits

Participants near to graduation (on either side) will be given 5 minutes to present their results, research, plans, personality, and so on. This is one of the important traditions of ITCS, and not to be missed!


Typical accepted papers will be published in an electronic proceedings of the conference. To accommodate the publishing traditions of different fields, authors of accepted papers can ask the PC chair to have only a one page abstract of the paper appear in the proceedings, along with a URL pointing to the PDF of the full paper on an online archive. This option is available to accommodate publication in journals that would not consider results that have been published in preliminary form in a conference proceedings.


The committee may award a "best student paper" award.