Santosh Vempala

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Santosh Vempala
Born (1971-10-18) October 18, 1971 (age 43)
Visakhapatnam, India
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Fields Computer Science
Institutions Georgia Institute of Technology
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Doctoral advisor Avrim Blum

Santosh Vempala (born 18 October 1971) is a prominent computer scientist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Vempala attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1997 under professor Avrim Blum.[1]

In 1997, he was awarded a Miller Fellowship at Berkeley. Subsequently, he was a Professor at MIT in the Mathematics Department, until he moved to Georgia Tech in 2006.

Vempala has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, and being listed in Georgia Trend's 40 under 40.[2]


His main work has been in the area of theoretical computer science, with particular activity in the fields of algorithms, randomized algorithms, computational geometry, and computational learning theory, including the authorship of books on random projection[3] and spectral methods.[4]

In 2008, he co-founded the Computing for Good (C4G)[5] program at Georgia Tech.


  1. ^ Santosh Vempala at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  2. ^ “Georgia Trend 40 Under 40,” Georgia Trend Magazine, October 2010
  3. ^ S. Vempala, ``The Random Projection Method", American Mathematical Society, 2004.
  4. ^ R. Kannan and S. Vempala,``Spectral Algorithms, Now Publishers Inc., 2009.
  5. ^ Computing for Good

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