Umesh V. Vazirani is a Senior Advisor of the Simons Institute, and the Roger A. Strauch Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the director of the Berkeley Quantum Computation Center. He received his BTech in Computer Science from MIT in 1981 and his PhD in Computer Science from Berkeley in 1985. Vazirani's research interests include computational learning theory, combinatorial algorithms, computational complexity theory and quantum computing. He received the 2012 Fulkerson Prize (with Sanjeev Arora and Satish Rao) for his work on approximation algorithms for sparsest cut.
- The Quantum Wave in Computing, Spring 2020. Workshop Organizer.
- Lower Bounds in Computational Complexity, Fall 2018. Visiting Scientist.
- Summer Cluster: Challenges in Quantum Computation, Summer 2018. Visiting Scientist and Program Organizer.
- Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity, Spring 2014. Visiting Scientist, Program Organizer and Workshop Organizer.