With an advance that one cryptography expert called a "masterpiece," University of Texas at Austin computer scientists have developed a new method for producing truly random numbers, a breakthrough that could be used to encrypt data, make electronic voting more secure, conduct statistically significant polls and more accurately simulate complex systems such as Earth's climate.
David Zuckerman has been selected as a Simons Investigator in Theoretical Computer Science. David's research focuses primarily on pseudorandomness and the role of randomness in computing. He is best known for his work on randomness extractors and their applications. His other research interests include coding theory, distributed computing, cryptography, inapproximability, and other areas of complexity theory.
Professor David Zuckerman has been elected to be an ACM Fellow for his contributions to randomness extraction, pseudo randomness, and their role in complexity theory.
On November 8, 2004 Department of Computer Sciences (UTCS) faculty, graduate students, FoCS members and other guests attended the Fall 2004 Visions of Computer Sciences Lectures.
UTCS recognizes faculty and graduate students who earned awards in honors in 2004.
Professor David Zuckerman has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to conduct his research on "Randomness and Computation."