Columbia Theory Seminar, Fall 2004

For Fall 2004, the usual time and place for the meetings will be Thursdays at 10am in the CS conference room. Here is a schedule of seminars:


  • Tuesday, September 14, 2:30pm in the Interschool Lab, joint with Quantum Computing Seminar:   Scott Aaronson: NP-Complete Problems and Physical Reality.
    (Abstract)


  • Thursday, October 7, 10:00am in the CS Conference Room (CSB 453):   Rocco Servedio: On learning random decision trees and DNF formulas.
    (Abstract)


  • Thursday, October 21, 10:00am in the CS Conference Room (CSB 453):   Alex Healy: Using Nondeterminism to Amplify Hardness.
    (Abstract)

  • Thursday, October 28, 10:00am in the CS Conference Room (CSB 453):   Andrew Wan will present "On the (Im)possibility of Obfuscating Programs" by Barak, Goldreich, Impagliazzo, Rudich, Sahai, Vadhan and Yang.
    (Abstract)

  • Monday, November 8, 2:00-3:30pm in the CS Conference Room, joint with Quantum Computing Seminar:   Krysta M. Svore: Local Fault-tolerant Quantum Computation.
    (Abstract)


  • Thursday, December 9, 10:00am in the CS Conference Room (CSB 453):   Fei Li: An optimal algorithm for packet scheduling with agreeable deadlines.
    (Abstract)


  • Thursday, December 16, 10:00am in the CS Conference Room (CSB 453):   Dimitris Achlioptas: A New Look at the Second Moment Method.
    (Abstract)
    Contact rocco_at_cs.columbia.edu if you want to volunteer to give a talk (especially encouraged for students!). The talk can be about your or others' work. It can be anything from a polished presentation of a completed result, to an informal black-board presentation of an interesting topic where you are stuck on some open problem. It should be accessible to a general theory audience. I will be happy to help you choose papers to talk about.
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    Last updated 11/26/2004.

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