This is the homepage of the Theory Group in the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley is one of the cradles of modern theoretical computer science. Over the last thirty years, our graduate students and, sometimes, their advisors have done foundational work on NP-completeness, cryptography, derandomization, probabilistically checkable proofs, quantum computing, and algorithmic game theory. The mild weather, celebrated eateries (see here, here, and here), and collaborative atmosphere are known to be conducive to great theory-building and problem-solving.

In addition, Berkeley's Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing regularly brings together theory-oriented researchers from all over the world to collaboratively work on hard problems. The institute organizes a sequence of programs based on topics (see current & future programs and past ones), supported by workshops (see current & future workshops and past ones) and other events.

On Wednesdays, our group comes together for Theory Lunch, an event featuring an informal lunch followed by a whiteboard presentation; this allows for much mingling, including with our friends from Statistics and Math (and, occasionally, Physics and Chemistry). On Fridays, TGIF, the informal student seminar that is off-limits to faculty, provides a comfortable space for students to learn about each other's work.

Some of our current focus is on using computation as a lens to the sciences. Like probabilistic thinking in the last century, computational thinking will give mathematics and, more generally, science a new language to use and the ability to formulate new fundamental questions. We are studying the applications of theoretical computer science in many sciences, including economics (with our work on computational game theory and mechanism design), physics (with our work on random structures and quantum computing), biology, and pure mathematics (especially geometry, functional analysis, and additive number theory). The core problems in algorithms, compexity theory, and cryptography remain, of course, dear to our hearts.

If you would like to join Berkeley's EECS Department as a graduate student, apply to our Ph.D. program.

- Theory Lunch on Wednesdays, 12:00-13:00, Wozniak Lounge
- Theory Seminar on (most) Mondays, 16:00-17:00, Wozniak Lounge
- TGIF on Fridays in the Theory Lounge

- CS 170: Efficient Algorithms and Intractable Problems
- CS 172: Computability and Complexity
- CS 174: Combinatorics and Discrete Probability
- CS 191: Qubits, Quantum Mechanics, and Computers

- CS 270: Combinatorial Algorithms and Data Structures
- CS 271: Randomness and Computation
- CS 273: Foundations of Parallel and Distributed Systems
- CS 274: Computational Geometry
- CS 276: Cryptography
- CS 278: Computational Complexity
- CS 281B: Statistical Learning Theory
- CS 294: PCP and Hardness of Approximation
- CS 294: Graph Partitioning, Expanders and Spectral Methods
- CS 294: Property Testing
- CS 294: Probabilistically Checkable and Interactive Proof Systems
- CS 294: Evolution and Computation
- CS 294: Markov Chain Monte Carlo
- CS 294: Beyond Worst Case Analysis
- CS 294: Mesh Generation and Geometry Processing in Graphics, Engineering, and Modeling
- CS 294: Coding Theory
- CS 294: Special Topic in Cryptography: Secure Computation
- CS 294: Great Algorithms
- CS 294: Recent Advances in Approximability
- CS 294: Pseudorandomness
- CS 294: Theoretical Computer Science’s Greatest Hits
- CS 294: Coding Theory and Complexity
- CS 294: Fourier Transforms and Theoretical Computer Science
- CS 294: Current Topics in Computational Biology
- CS 294-063: Social Choice and Networks
- CS 294-2: Quantum Computation
- CS 294-92: Analysis of Boolean Functions
- CS 294-P29: Seminar on Algorithmic Game Theory
- CS 298: Reading the Classics
- Stat 206A: Polynomials of Random Variables
- Stat 260: Stochastic Processes in Evolutionary Biology

The timetable for this semester's CS courses is here, and next semester's is here.

- Alessandro Chiesa
- Sanjam Garg
- Richard Karp
- Christos Papadimitriou
- Prasad Raghavendra
- Satish Rao
- Jonathan Shewchuk
- Alistair Sinclair
- Yun Song
- Bernd Sturmfels
- Luca Trevisan
- Umesh Vazirani

- Nima Anari
- Frank Ban
- Antonio Blanca
- Tobias Boelter
- Brielin Brown
- Jonah Brown-Cohen
- Paul Christiano
- Lynn Chua
- David Dinh
- Fotis Iliopoulos
- Marc Khoury
- Jingcheng Liu
- Urmila Mahadev
- Pasin Manurangsi
- Peihan Miao
- Anupam Prakash
- Christos-Alexandros Psomas
- Aviad Rubinstein
- Manuel Sabin
- Aaron Schild
- Tselil Schramm
- Jarett Schwartz
- Sara Sheehan
- Jonah Sherman
- Seung Woo Shin
- Akshayaram Srinivasan
- Di Wang
- Guoming Wang
- Benjamin Weitz
- Sam Wong
- TongKe Xue

- Ma'ayan Bresler
- Anand Bhaskar
- Andrew Chan
- Siu Man Chan
- Siu On Chan
- James Cook
- Anindya De
- Ilias Diakonikolas
- Omid Etesami
- Rafael Frongillo
- Luqman Hodgkinson
- Varun Kanade
- Bonnie Kirkpatrick
- Alexandra Kolla
- Henry Lin
- Lorenzo Orecchia
- George Pierrakos
- Daniel Preda
- Grant Schoenebeck
- Meromit Singer
- Yaron Singer
- Piyush Srivastava
- Isabelle Stanton
- Alexandre Stauffer
- Ning Tan
- Madhur Tulsiani
- Gregory Valiant
- Paul Valiant
- Thomas Vidick
- Tom Watson
- Chris Wilkens
- Virginia Vassilevska Williams