The Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC) is a forum for mathematical research in computation and society writ large. The Symposium aims to catalyze the formation of a community supportive of the application of theoretical computer science, statistics, economics and other relevant analytical fields to problems of pressing and anticipated societal concern.
Any mathematical work on computation and society is welcomed, including topics that are not yet well-established and topics that will arise in the future. This includes the investigation of definitions, algorithms and lower bounds, trade-offs, and economic incentives in a variety of areas. A small sample of topics follow: formal approaches to privacy, including differential privacy; fairness and discrimination in machine learning; bias in the formation of, and diffusion in, social networks; electoral processes and allocation of elected representatives (including redistricting).
The inaugural FORC will be held on June 1-3 at the Harvard Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA), and will have its proceedings published by LIPIcs. The program committee will review submissions to ensure a high quality program based on novel, rigorous and significant scientific contributions. Authors of accepted papers will have the option of publishing a 10-page version of their paper in the proceedings, or publishing only a 1-page extended abstract, to facilitate the publication of their work in another venue. 1-page abstracts will appear on the website, but not in the proceedings. The symposium itself will feature a mixture of talks by authors of accepted papers and invited talks.