A paper of mine was accepted at AlgoSensors, which will be held in conjunction with ICALP this July. I'll post a summary and copy once the camera-ready version is finished. Right now, I'm working on the logistics of getting to and staying in Rhodes, Greece, an exciting but expensive location. The problem with staying at this conference, as with any conference, is that as a woman in computer science it's hard to find a roommate. The chance that another woman from your school is going is extremely small, since the chance that you're not the only woman in theory in your department is small to begin with. Perhaps this is why all the female students I talked to at STOC were staying with people they knew in the local area, while most of the male students were sharing hotel rooms. Were female students without local connections unable to afford to come? Knowing women from other schools due to the women in computer science conferences helps, but certainly doesn't solve, this problem. And so going to conferences costs (my advisor) more money than it should - more money than it would if I were male.
There is a simple solution to this problem. And, as in the case with many changes I advocate with women in mind, it would help men too (in addition to our advisors' budgets). CRA or ACM could put up an online conference roommate finding board. If one exists, I couldn't find it. Perhaps one of you has the ear of the right person...
In the meantime, if any of you know (or are) a woman going to ICALP and looking for a roommate for the nights of July 8th - 11th, please send her my way.
My night at the cuddle party
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