Colloquium Details

Bridging CS and Math through the lens of Structure and Randomness

Speaker: Shachar Lovett, University of California, San Diego

Location: TBA

Date: March 25, 2020, 2 p.m.

Host: Michael Overton

Synopsis:

My research is focused on building bridges between different
areas within computer science, and between computer science and
mathematics. In particular, I am studying the role that structure and
randomness play in many computational problems. In this talk I will
focus a specific instantiation of the above paradigm. I will describe a
surprising connection between machine learning, complexity theory and
geometry. More concretely, I will describe how studying the power of
enriched queries in active learning led to a better understanding of the
3-SUM problem in complexity theory and point location problems in geometry.

Based on joint works with Daniel Kane, Shay Moran and Jiapeng Zhang.

Speaker Bio:

Shachar Lovett is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science
department at the University of California, San Diego. He obtained his
PhD from the Weizmann Institute in 2010, has been a postdoc at the
Institute for Advanced Study between 2010 and 2012, and has been a
faculty member at the University of California, San Diego since. He is
interested in the role that structure and randomness play in computation
and mathematics, in particular in computational complexity,
optimization, machine learning and coding theory. He is a recipient of
an NSF Career award and a Sloan fellowship.

Notes:

Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.


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