January 5, 2022
Harvard CS Theory Students made an incredible showing in the recent Computing Research Assocation (CRA) awards.
This program recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. Ted Pyne was a Winner, Louis Golowich a Finalist, and Noah Singer an Honorable Mention.
Here is more on Ted and his work, from CRA awards page:
Ted Pyne: Harvard University
Edward (Ted) Pyne is a Senior at Harvard University, where he is pursuing degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. His research interest is in theoretical computer science, where he works to understand the power of randomness in computation. He focuses on the derandomization of space-bounded computation, which addresses the fundamental question of whether randomized algorithms are more powerful than deterministic algorithms. His work includes showing the first known example of a weighted pseudorandom generator (WPRG) that is better than every pseudorandom generator (PRG). He is a co-author on six papers, including papers at ITCS, COCOON, CCC, and SOSA. He has also served as a teaching assistant, where he has received awards for high student evaluations, and is an officer for the Harvard MIT Mathematics Tournament.