Competition: US & Canada
Venkatesan Guruswami is a Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at UC Berkeley and a senior scientist at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. Venkat received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley and previously held faculty positions in Computer Science at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University prior to moving to his current position in January 2022.
Venkat’s research interests lie in theoretical computer science and include error-correction, approximate optimization, and computational complexity. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the ACM and was previously editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Computation Theory. He has served as program committee chair for several conferences, and as president of the Computational Complexity Foundation. Venkat is the recipient of a Simons Investigator award, the Presburger Award, Packard and Sloan Fellowships, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, 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. He is a fellow of the ACM (2017), IEEE (2019), and AMS (2023).