"The dog scratched and scratched but it was no use."
About MeI am a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University, where I do research in theoretical computer science. My main research interests lie in computational complexity theory, computational learning theory, property testing, and the role of randomness in computation.
Spring 2024 course:
Unconditional Lower Bounds and Derandomization
Some Professional Activities
A Very Brief And Dry BiographyBefore coming to Columbia I was an NSF Mathematical Sciences postdoc in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. I received my Ph.D in computer science, my MS in computer science, and my AB in Mathematics all from Harvard.
I served as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia from 2018 to 2021.
Spring 2023 office hours: for COMS 4236, Fri 8:30-10:30 (but stay appraised of course announcements since these sometimes need to change).
Come check out the Theory Group at Columbia.
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