I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU as a part of the Simons Collaboration on Algorithms and Geometry . I also hold an Adjunct Professor position at Northwestern University, and I will join Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor starting Fall 2015 .

My research interests are broadly in the field of Theoretical Computer Science, particularly, in designing efficient algorithms for problems in Combinatorial Optimization and Machine Learning. I am also interested in using paradigms that go Beyond Worst-Case Analysis to obtain good algorithmic guarantees.

I spent two wonderful years (Fall 2012-Fall 2014) as a Simons Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Theory Group at Carnegie Mellon University. I obtained my PhD from Princeton University in the Department of Computer Science with Prof. Moses Charikar. Prior to that, I finished my bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2007. I spent the first fifteen years of my life in Pondicherry, a beautiful town in Southern India, where Pi Patel hails from.

Prospective Students
Starting Fall 2015, I will be an Assistant Professor in the EECS department at Northwestern University. If you are a bright and motivated student interested in theoretical computer science or theoretical machine learning, I strongly encourage you to apply to the PhD program at Northwestern University.