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Prof. Venkatesan Guruswami

1997/B.Tech/CS Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Senior Scientist at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Prof. Venkatesan Guruswami received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. He is now a Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Senior Scientist at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, and Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Guruswami was a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley during 2001-02 and previously held faculty positions in Computer Science at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Guruswami’s research interests span many areas of theoretical computer science and related mathematics, including error-correction, approximate optimization, randomness in computing, combinatorics, and computational complexity.

Dr. Venkatesan Guruswami has served the theory of computing community in several leadership roles. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the ACM and editor for TheoretiCS, and was previously editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Computation Theory and on the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Computing, JACM, and IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is Vice Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Mathematical Foundations of Computing and a moderator for arXiv cs.IT. He has been program committee chair for several conferences such as CCC, FOCS, ISIT, FSTTCS and ITCS, and is a former president of the Computational Complexity Foundation.

Dr. Guruswami has a long list of stellar achievements. He is the recipient of a Simons Investigator award, the Presburger Award; Packard, Sloan and Guggenheim Fellowships; the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award; and an IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. He was an invited speaker at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians held in Hyderabad. Dr. Guruswami is a fellow of the ACM, AMS, and IEEE.

To acknowledge his great laurels, IIT Madras and its alumni take immense pride in bestowing this award on Dr. Venkatesan Guruswami.

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