Robert Kleinberg

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Robert David Kleinberg
ResidenceIthaca, NY
Alma materCornell University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsCornell University
Doctoral advisorTom Leighton

Robert (Bobby) Kleinberg is an American theoretical computer scientist and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University.

Early life[edit]

Robert Kleinberg was one of the finalists at the 1989 Mathcounts. He was a member of the 1991, 1992 USA team to International Mathematical Olympiad, winning a silver medal and a gold medal, respectively. He was also a Putnam fellow in 1996.

He graduated from Iroquois Central High School in Elma, NY., where he was valedictorian.

He is the younger brother of fellow Cornell computer scientist Jon Kleinberg.


Robert Kleinberg is known for his research work on Group theoretic algorithms for matrix multiplication, online learning, network coding and greedy embedding, and economic aspects of algorithms (game theory).


Robert Kleinberg received a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in mathematics under Tom Leighton from MIT in 2005. He was a winner of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship, which supported him during his graduate studies. In 2006, he joined the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University as an Assistant Professor. His work has been supported by an NSF Career Award, a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and a Google Research Grant.

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