Arya Mazumdar

Associate Professor, UCSD
Coding theory etc. ... 


The Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI)
University of California, San Diego

Research Interests

I work on a range of statistical reconstruction problems, error correcting codes, information theory, and on some foundational topics in machine learning. I am also interested in the trade-offs between computation, communication and convergence rates of distributed algorithms.

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I am a tenured associate professor in The Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI), and an affiliated faculty in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UCSD. From 2015-2021, I was first an assistant, and then an associate professor of Computer Science at UMass with additional affiliations to Center for Data Science and Department of Mathematics and Statistics. During 2019-2020, I was also a senior scientist in Amazon in Berkeley, CA. My research is mainly supported by the NSF via multiple grants, including an NSF CAREER award. Before joining UMass, I was an assistant professor at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. And even before that, I was a postdoctoral scholar (Aug 2011- Dec 2012) at Signals, Information and Algorithms Lab led by Greg Wornell at MIT.

I received my PhD in 2011 from University of Maryland, College Park under the guidance of Alexander Barg. My thesis, Combinatorial Methods in Coding Theory, won a distinguished dissertation fellowship award in UMD, and also an ISIT Jack K Wolf paper award. While a graduate student, I spent summer of 2010 at IBM Almaden, San Jose, CA, and summer of 2008 at HP Labs, Palo Alto, CA doing internships. As of now, I am also serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and as an Area Editor of Foundation and Trends in Communication and Information Theory.

Back in a magical decade, I was born in the then-small-town of Siliguri in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. I spent the wonder-years there and in Jadavpur, Kolkata, till I graduated with a B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering.