Christos Papadimitriou giving a talk at the EPFL
on 30 June 2009.
Christos Harilaos Papadimitriou (Greek: Χρήστος Χαρίλαος Παπαδημητρίου; born August 16, 1949, Athens) is a Greek Computer Scientist and Professor in the Computer Science Division at the University of California, Berkeley, United States.
Papadimitriou studied at the National Technical University of Athens, where in 1972 he received his BA in Electrical Engineering. He continued to study at Princeton University, where he received his MS in Electrical Engineering in 1974 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1976.
Papadimitriou has taught at Harvard, MIT, the National Technical University of Athens, Stanford, and UCSD, and is currently Professor in the Computer Science Division at the University of California.
In 2001, Papadimitriou was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and in 2002 he was awarded the Knuth Prize. He became fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering for contributions to complexity theory, database theory, and combinatorial optimization. In 2009 he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. During the 36th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP 2009), there was a special event honoring Papadimitriou's contributions to computer science. In 2012, he, along with Elias Koutsoupias, was awarded the Gödel Prize for their joint work on the concept of the price of anarchy.
Papadimitriou is the author of the textbook Computational Complexity, one of the most widely used textbooks in the field of computational complexity theory. He has also co-authored the textbook Algorithms (2006) with Sanjoy Dasgupta and Umesh Vazirani, and the graphic novel Logicomix (2009) with Apostolos Doxiadis.
His name was listed in the 19th position on the CiteSeer search engine academic database and digital library.
- He co-authored a paper with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
- At UC Berkeley, in 2006, he joined a professor-and-graduate-student band called Lady X and The Positive Eigenvalues.
- Elements of the Theory of Computation (with Harry R. Lewis). Prentice-Hall, 1982; second edition September 1997. greek edition
- Combinatorial Optimization: Algorithms and Complexity (with Kenneth Steiglitz). Prentice-Hall, 1982; second edition, Dover, 1998.
- The Theory of Database Concurrency Control. CS Press, 1986.
- Computational Complexity. Addison Wesley, 1994.
- Turing (a Novel about Computation). MIT Press, November 2003.
- Life Sentence to Hackers? (in Greek). Kastaniotis Editions, 2004. A compilation of articles written for the Greek newspaper To Vima.
- Algorithms (coauthored with Sanjoy Dasgupta and Umesh Vazirani). McGraw-Hill, September 2006
- Logicomix, An Epic Search for Truth (coauthored with Apostolos Doxiadis, with artwork by Alecos Papadatos and Annie di Donna). Bloomsbury Publishing and Bloomsbury USA, September 2009.