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Jeff Erickson
Urbana, IL
Professor of computer science at UIUC, computational geometer-topologist, father of two beautiful daughters, unrepentant smartass
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I'm happy to finally announce the publication of an actual dead-tree paperback edition of my Algorithms textbook. The book can be purchased from Amazon (US, UK, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP), for the ludicrous price of $27.50 (or the equivalent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
I'm a bit disappointed that Michael describes al-Nayrizi's and Perigal's (families of) simple perfect squarings of the (flat square) torus as different. They are, in fact, identical—not just “congruent” or “equivalent” or “isomorphic”, but actually indistinguishable. They only look different... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
Today I'm finally releasing a final (or more honestly, “final”) pre-publication draft of my Algorithms textbook under a CC-BY license. This 448-page textbook evolved out of a subset of the algorithms lecture notes I've been maintaining for about 20 years.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
Toronto's Computer Science Department is searching for new tenure-track faculty in computational geometry. Apply at by November 15! Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
SAFETOC As promised, an ad-hoc committee of theoretical computer scientists has been formed to combat harassment and discrimination. Here is the committee's charter: "We are setting an ad-hoc committee to draft a proposal for joint ToC measures to combat discrimination,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
Related to my previous post, here is some information about recent efforts in the computer architecture community toward diversity and inclusion, and against sexual discrimination and harassment, courtesy of my Illinois colleague Sarita Adve. I would love to hear of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
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Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2018 on #metoo (Guest Post) at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
The following guest post comes from a colleague in the theoretical computer science community who wishes to remain anonymous. Please read it. You may see this story on more than one theory blog; that's not an accident. Every #MeToo story... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
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Mar 15, 2010
Since I haven't seen these summarized anywhere else, here is a list of postdoctoral research positions in theoretical computer science I've seen advertised in the last several weeks. The big windfall this year is the brand-new Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship program... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
Günter Rote points out that Elsevier's Journal of Algorithms apparently continues to operate with no editorial board. Maybe. (You may recall that a previous editorial board resigned en masse at the end of 2003 to found ACM Transactions on Algorithms.)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2009 at Ernie's 3D Pancakes
Of course I was being tongue in cheek there as well. Do you think we can convince SIAM to organize SODA in Guanajuato in 2012 (like WAFR 2008)? Me neither.