Johan Håstad

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Johan Håstad
Born (1960-11-19) 19 November 1960 (age 56)
Nationality Sweden
Fields Computer science
Institutions Royal Institute of Technology
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Uppsala University
Stockholm University
Doctoral advisor Shafrira Goldwasser
Doctoral students Gustav Hast
Viggo Kann
Jakob Nordström
Mårten Trolin
Douglas Wikström
Notable awards IMO gold medal (1977)
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award (1985)
Gödel Prize (1994, 2011)

Johan Torkel Håstad (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjuːˈan ˈhoːˈstad]; born 19 November 1960) is a Swedish theoretical computer scientist most known for his work on computational complexity theory. He was the recipient of the Gödel Prize in 1994 and 2011 and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award in 1986, among other prizes. He is a professor in theoretical computer science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden since 1992. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2001.

He received his B.S. in Mathematics at Stockholm University in 1981, his M.S. in Mathematics at Uppsala University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 1986.[1][2]

Håstad's thesis and Gödel Prize (1994) concerned his work on lower bounds on the size of constant-depth Boolean circuits for the parity function. After Andrew Yao proved that such circuits require exponential size, Håstad proved nearly optimal lower bounds on the necessary size through his switching lemma, which became an important technical tool in Boolean function complexity.

He received the 2011 Gödel Prize for his work on optimal inapproximability results. In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3]


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