Christopher Umans

Christopher Umans

Professor of Computer Science; Executive Officer for Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Degrees and Appointments

B.A., Williams College, 1996; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2000. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2002-08; Associate Professor, 2008-10; Professor, 2010-; EAS Division Deputy Chair, 2018-20; Executive Officer, 2020-.


Research Group Matters
Alma Rangel-Fuentes
Annenberg IST Center
(626) 395-4560

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Research Overview

Professor Umans is interested in theoretical computer science, and especially computational complexity. He enjoys problems with an algebraic flavor, and this often leads to research questions in derandomization and explicit combinatorial constructions, algebraic algorithms, coding theory, and hardness of approximation.

List of Research Areas

computational complexity, randomness in computation, algebraic complexity and algorithms, hardness of approximation

CMS News about Christopher Umans

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