The Sixth International conference on Fun with Algorithms (FUN 2012) is dedicated to the use, design, and analysis of algorithms and data structures, focusing on results that provide amusing, witty but nonetheless original and scientifically profound contributions to the area. The previous FUNs were held in Elba Island, in Castiglioncello, Tuscany, Italy, and in Ischia Island, Italy, and special issues of Theoretical Computer Science (FUN'98), Discrete Applied Mathematics (FUN'01), and Theory of Computing Systems (FUN'04, FUN'07, and FUN'10) were dedicated to them.

The topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • FUN with biological algorithms
  • FUN with cryptographic algorithms
  • FUN with game-theoretic algorithms
  • FUN with internet algorithms
  • FUN with opimization algorithms
  • FUN with robotics algorithms
  • FUN with string algorithms
  • FUN with combinatorial algorithms
  • FUN with distributed algorithms
  • FUN with geometrical algorithms
  • FUN with mobile algorithms
  • FUN with parallel algorithms
  • FUN with space-conscious algorithms
  • FUN with algorithm visualization

A full paper should be submitted by January 23, 2012 , 11:59 pm, Alofi, Niue, standard time, following the submission link given at the FUN 2012 web site. Manuscripts should not exceed 12 pages. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their work at the conference. The program committee will determine appropriate time allocations for presentations (between 20 and 45 minutes).

Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series. A special issue of Theory of Computing Systems will be dedicated to a selected set of papers.

"Many take to science out of a joyful sense of superior intellectual power, science is their own special sport to which they look for vivid experience and the satisfaction of ambition, many others are to be found in the temple (of science) who have offered the products of their brains on this altar for purely utilitarian purposes. Were an angel of the Lord to come and drive all the people belonging to these two categories out of the temple, the assemblage would be seriously depleted, but there would still be some men, of both present and past times, left inside. Our (Max) Planck is one of them, and that is why we love him." Albert Einstein. Principles of Research.