Overview

Harvard has had a long history of groundbreaking research in the theory of computation (ToC, also known as Theoretical Computer Science). This field addresses the mathematical laws that govern efficient computation, whether by man-made devices or natural phenomena. Today ToC had vastly expanded to touch many problems not just in computer science and engineering, but also pure and applied mathematics, as well as the natural, life and social sciences. Members of the ToC group at Harvard are pursuing both the fundamental questions of computation, as well as its applications to many areas, and are closely collaborating with colleagues across all of these fields.

  • ToC Faculty

Events and Seminars

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Harvard TOC
 
 
Showing events after 9/2. Look for earlier events
Friday, September 9
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar
Monday, September 12
1:00pm
 Theory Seminar - Sushant Sachdeva
Friday, September 16
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar: Oded Regev [H]
Friday, September 23
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar: No seminar? (MIT Holiday)
Monday, September 26
1:00pm
 Theory Seminar - Barna Saha
Friday, September 30
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar [M]
Friday, October 7
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar: No seminar? (FOCS and Avi's event)
Friday, October 14
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar [H]
Monday, October 17
1:00pm
 Theory Seminar - Huacheng Yu
Friday, October 21
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar [H]: Sebastien Bubeck
Friday, October 28
1:30pm
 Harvard/MIT/MSR joint Seminar [M]; Larry Guth
Showing events until 10/31. Look for more
 
 

Our Research Areas

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Barak, Mitzenmacher, Nelson, Rabin, Singer, Valiant

Computational Complexity

Barak, Nelson, Sudan, Vadhan, Valiant

Logic in Computer Science

Lewis

Error-Correcting Codes

Elkies, Mitzenmacher, Sudan, Vadhan

Cryptography

Barak, Rabin, Vadhan

Learning Theory & Cognitive Computation

Valiant

Randomness in Computation

Barak, Mitzenmacher, Nelson, Rabin, Sudan, Vadhan

Computational Neuroscience

Valiant

Computational Algebra & Number Theory

Elkies, Rabin, Sudan, Valiant

Parallel Computation

Rabin, Valiant

Streaming Algorithms

Mitzenmacher, Nelson

Computational Mechanism Design & Game Theory

Chen, Singer, Parkes

Data Privacy

Chen, Vadhan

Graphics and Discrete Geometry

Gortler

Approximability of Optimization Problems

Barak, Singer, Sudan