Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- 3228 Siebel Center, 201 N. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
- 217-265-0705 (office)
- Support staff.
- Algorithms for Big Data: Fall 2022*, Fall 2020, Spring 2019*, Fall 2014
- Combinatorial Optimization: Spring 2022, Spring 2010* (topics course)
- Approximation Algorithms: Fall 2021, Spring 2018*, Spring 2016*, Fall 2013*, Spring 2011*, Spring 2009, Fall 2006
- Algorithms and Models of Computation: Spring 2021 (with Patrick Lin), Fall 2018*, Spring 2017*, Fall 2015 (with Manoj Prabhakaran), Spring 2015 (with Lenny Pitt)
- Topics in Graph Algorithms: Spring 2020
- Algorithms: Fall 2020 (with Michael Forbes), Fall 2019 (with Michael Forbes), Fall 2016 (with Ruta Mehta)
- (Undergraduate) Algorithms: Spring 2014*, Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
- Graduate Algorithms: Fall 2011*
- Algorithmic Game Theory: Spring 2008
- Introduction to Theory of Computation: Spring 2007
- *: students once in a while think I teach well. My daughter is not as complimentary.
- Scott Fischer Teaching Award (for year 2022-23) from CS Department
- Notes on introductory material, mainly for me to access quickly: induction, graph algorithms, basic probability, fooling sets.
- Notes and slides on graduate level topics: approximation algorithms, combinatorial optimization, algorithms for big data
Research Interests and Publications
- theoretical computer science
- design and analysis of algorithms
- discrete and combinatorial optimization
- approximation algorithms
- mathematical programming
- algorithmic applications
Most of my papers and a few talks are available online. Google Scholar profile.
- Binghui (Alan) Cheng: senior thesis, Spring 2021.
- Shovik Guha: senior thesis, Fall 2019.
- Kent Quanrud: PhD, August 2019 (joint with Sariel Har-Peled). Purdue CS.
- Xilin Yu: MS, August 2019 (thesis supervised by Tandy Warnow). Amazon → Google
- Vivek Madan: PhD, August 2018. Georgia Tech ARC postdoc → Amazon.
- Shalmoli Gupta: PhD, August 2018. Facebook
- Chao Xu: PhD, May 2018 (jointly supervised with Karthik Chandrasekaran). Yahoo! Research → Grab → Voleon → UESTC, China
- Mark Idleman: MS, July 2017. SE in bay area
- Shweta Patwa: MS, May 2017. PhD Student at Duke
- Sanchit Kalhan: senior thesis, Spring 2016. MS at UWaterloo → PhD student at Northwestern
- Alina Ene: PhD, July 2013. Postdoc at Princeton → Univ. of Warwick → Boston Univ.
- Ali Vakilian: MS, July 2013. MIT PhD → Postdoc at TTI Chicago
- Ben Moseley: PhD, July 2012. TTI Chicago → Washington University, St. Louis → Tepper School of Business, CMU
- Sungjin Im: PhD, June 2012. Duke → UC Merced
- Thapanapong Rukkanchanunt: senior thesis, Fall 2011.
- Nitish Korula: PhD, July 2010. Google Research
- Matthew Gregory: senior thesis, Spring 2009.
- Kyle Fox: senior thesis, Spring 2008. UIUC PhD student → ICERM, Brown → Duke → UT Dallas
- Summer interns at Bell Labs: Rajat Bhattacharjee, Amit Chakrabarti, Marcelo Mydlarz (along with Bruce Shepherd), An Zhu
Conference/workshop program committees and organization
- Current and future: STOC 2023
- Past: FSTTCS 2021 (Track A PC Chair), FSTTCS 2020, STOC 2020, Bellairs Workshop 2019, SOSA 2019, FSTTCS 2018, Simons workshop, STOC 2016, BIRS Workshop on Approximation 2014, SODA 2014 (PC Chair), APPROX 2013, IPCO 2013, SODA 2012, BIRS Approx. Workshop 2011 APPROX 2010, COCOON 2010, ISMP 2009, NetCod 2009, ITW 2008, FAW 2008, ISAAC 2007, STOC 2007, APPROX 2007, APPROX 2005 (PC Chair), FSTTCS 2004, APPROX 2004, FOCS 2003, APPROX 2003.
Associate Editor: SIAM Journal on Computing. Jan 2020 -- current.
Associate Editor: Mathematics of Operations Research. March 2013 -- Dec 2018.
Associate Editor: Mathematical Programming Ser A. Jan 2009 -- Jan 2016.
Associate Editor: Journal of Computer System Sciences (JCSS). Nov 2005 -- March 2013.
Area Editor: Springer Encyclopedia on Algorithms.
Guest co-editor for Algorithmica special issue on selected papers from APPROX/RANDOM 2005.
Guest co-editor for JCSS special issue on selected papers from FOCS 2003