17 July 1982|
|Died||5 June 2012
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Thesis||Lower bound techniques for data structures (2008)|
|Doctoral advisor||Erik Demaine|
Mihai Pătraşcu (17 July 1982 – 5 June 2012) was a Romanian computer scientist at AT&T Labs in Florham Park, New Jersey, USA. As a high school student, Pătraşcu won multiple medals at the International Olympiad in Informatics. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completing his thesis under the supervision of Erik Demaine in 2008.
Pătraşcu’s work was concerned with fundamental questions about basic data structures. Pătraşcu received the Machtey Award for the best student paper at the Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science in 2008, and the Presburger Award from the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science in 2012, for breaking “many old barriers on fundamental data structure problems, not only revitalizing but also revolutionizing a field that was almost silent for over a decade.”
- Chan, Timothy M.; Pătraşcu, Mihai; Roditty, Liam (2011). "Dynamic connectivity: connecting to networks and geometry". SIAM Journal on Computing 40 (2): 333–349. doi:10.1137/090751670. Preliminary version published in FOCS 2008, doi:10.1109/FOCS.2008.29.
- Pătraşcu, Mihai (2011). "Unifying the landscape of cell-probe lower bounds". SIAM Journal on Computing 40 (3): 827–847. doi:10.1137/09075336X.
- Chan, Timothy; Pătraşcu, Mihai (2010). "Transdichotomous results in computational geometry, I: Point location in sublogarithmic time". SIAM Journal on Computing 39 (2): 703–729. doi:10.1137/07068669X.
- Pătraşcu, Mihai; Thorup, Mikkel (2010). "Higher lower bounds for near-neighbor and further rich problems". SIAM Journal on Computing 39 (2): 730–741. doi:10.1137/070684859. Preliminary version published in FOCS 2006, doi:10.1109/FOCS.2006.35.
- Demaine, Erik; Harmon, Dion; Iacono, John; Pătraşcu, Mihai (2007). "Dynamic optimality—almost". SIAM Journal on Computing 37 (1): 240–251. doi:10.1137/S0097539705447347. Preliminary version published in FOCS 2004, doi:10.1109/FOCS.2004.23.
- Pătraşcu, Mihai; Demaine, Erik (2006). "Logarithmic lower bounds in the cell-probe model". SIAM Journal on Computing 35 (4): 932–963. doi:10.1137/S0097539705447256.
- Staff profile, AT&T Labs, accessed 2012-04-25.
- Ghenea, Cristina (June 23, 2009), "Craiova: Mihai Pătraşcu, informaticianul care a cucerit America", Adevărul (in Romanian).
- Mihai Pătrașcu at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Presburger Award 2012, European Association for Theoretical Computer Science, retrieved 2012-04-25.
- Mitzenmacher, Michael (June 6, 2012). "Sad Passing: Mihai Pătraşcu".
- Fortnow, Lance; Hajiaghayi, Mohammad Taghi (June 7, 2012). "Mihai Pătraşcu (1982-2012)".
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