Santosh Vempala

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Santosh Vempala joined the College of Computing at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2006 as a professor in the Computing Science and Systems Division. He recently spearheaded the creation of the Algorithms and Randomness Center and ThinkTank at Georgia Tech, where he served as its first director from 2006 to 2011. His research interests include algorithms, randomness and geometry. He graduated from CMU in 1997, advised by Avrim Blum, and was then at MIT until 2006, which included a year as a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley. Vempala is a Sloan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and continues to get unreasonably excited when a phenomenon that appears complex from one perspective turns out to be simple from another.

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