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Tanay Mehta is a PhD student in the Complexity Theory and Cryptography programs at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professors Jonathan Ullman and Daniel Wichs. Tanay’s research is focused on the theoretical aspects of computer science and the fundamental limits of computation, and he is interested in finding connections between computer science and mathematics that will lead to new problem solving techniques. Before coming to Northeastern, Tanay earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Southern California.
- BS in Mathematics, University of Southern California
- Hometown: Mumbai, India
- Field of Study: Complexity Theory, Cryptography
- PhD Advisors: Jonathan Ullman and Daniel Wichs
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I am a PhD student interested in the theoretical aspects of computer science, especially complexity theory and cryptography.
What are your research interests?
I am interested in studying the fundamental limits of computation with regards to computational resources such as time and randomness.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
I would like to work in the area of arithmetic circuits, studying computational lower bounds in this model.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
I enjoy finding connections between different areas of computer science and mathematics that lead to new perspectives when solving problems.
What are your research or career goals, going forward?
My goals are to become acquainted with current research and to complete a research project that results in a publication.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
I grew up in Dallas, Texas.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
For my undergraduate degree, I studied mathematics at the University of Southern California.