The role of theory

The Kanellakis award is given for significant theoretical contributions that have also shown to have great value in practice. The interesting debate on the role of theory in computer science goes on, with some great blog posts by Michael Mitzenmacher and David Karger as recent highlights. My own addition to the debate is that theoretical computer science offers some strong tools that can guide the long-term development in a number of applied fields. In support of this claim, my car has a “TCS” button - using it is supposed to help keeping the car on track on slippery surfaces!

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