Christopher Umans

Christopher Umans

Professor of Computer Science; EAS Division Deputy Chair

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-.


Research Group Matters
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246 Annenberg IST Center

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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

EAS News about Christopher Umans

  • Ching-Yun (Chloe) Hsu Receives 2017 Henry Ford II Scholar Award »
  • Professor Umans Receives Northrop Grumman Prize for Excellence in Teaching »
  • Professor Umans Named Simons Investigator in Computer Science »

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