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#### The Advisor/Advisee Relationship

I've always felt a strong advisor/advisee relationship is the single most important factor in a successful PhD career. At its best, the advisor works closely with...

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#### Degree and Sensitivity

Hao Huang's proof of the sensitivity conjecture that I posted on last week relied on a 1992 result of Gotsman and Linial. Let's talk about that result.
Consider...

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#### Local Kid Makes History

The blogosphere is blowing up over Hao Huang's just posted proof of the sensitivity conjecture, what was one of the more frustrating open questions in complexity...

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#### FCRC 2019

Georgia Tech FCRC Participants
I'm heading home from the 2019 ACM Federated Computing Research Conference in Phoenix, a collection of computer science meetings...

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#### The Urban/Rural Collegiality Divide

Just a reminder that Grigory Yaroslavtsev has taken over the Theory Jobs Spreadsheet. Check out who is moving where and let everyone know where you will continue...

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#### Compressing in Moscow

This week finds me in Moscow for a pair of workshops, the Russian Workshop on Complexity and Model Theory and a workshop on Randomness, Information and Complexity...

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#### What Happened to the Surprising Theorems?

Twenty-five years ago Peter Shor presented a polynomial-time factoring algorithms for quantum computers. For Peter, it was a simple translation of a quantum algorithm...

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#### NSF Panels

The government shut down in January led to delays at the National Science Foundation and only recently announcing decisions on grants submitted last fall. For those...

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#### Logic Then and Now

This week I attended the Association of Symbolic Logic North American Annual Meeting in New York City, giving a talk on P v NP.
First I must share the announcement...

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#### Getting Through the Clutter

My daughter showed up at her doctor's office the other day and found it closed. She complained that she had received all these alerts, texts, emails, voicemails...

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#### Multiple Provers

Just over thirty years ago on May 5, 1989, I defended my PhD Thesis Complexity-Theoretic Aspects of Interactive Proof Systems. It's starts off with a parable for...

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#### The Next Chapter

I've accepted a position as Dean of the College of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago starting in August. It's an exciting opportunity...

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#### Geo-Centric Complexity

An interesting discussion during Dagstuhl last month about the US-centric view of theory. Bad enough that all talks and papers in an international venue are inManhattan...

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#### Physics of Everday Life

Based on Scott's review, I read through Stephen Pinker's Enlightenment Now. I can't top Scott's exposition of the book, but it is pretty incredible how far humanity...

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#### Cuckoo Cycles

Guest Blog by John Tromp (Thanks for the opportunity, Lance)
In the past few months, cycle finding has become one of the most widely run
graph theory problems....

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#### Scooped

At Dagstuhl I got a few ideas for future posts but then...
We had some discussions about STOC allowing program committee members to submit papers that I planned...

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#### Back at Dagstuhl

Participants and Their Research Interests
This week I'm in Germany for the Dagstuhl workshop on Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems well timedtypecast...

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#### Captain Einstein

If the president of the United States uses "complexity" in a tweet, I can't leave it alone.
Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer...

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#### QED

Via Scott, John Horgan wrote a blog post following on his 1993 Scientific American article The Death of Proof. The article talked about computer-generated proofs...

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#### Flying Pigs Unsafe at Any Speed

Take a moment and imagine a flying pig. Do you see a pig with tiny wings lazily guiding along. But pigs are not particularly slow animals as anyone has seen a pig...