Christopher Umans

Professor of Computer Science

Degrees and Appointments

B.A., Williams College, 1996; Ph.D., University of California, 2000. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2002-08; Associate Professor, 2008-10; Professor, 2010-.


Diane Goodfellow, ANB 246, (626) 395-6842

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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

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