Ali Vakilian
I am a PhD student in Theory of Computation group, CSAIL, at MIT and I am fortunate to have Erik Demaine and Piotr Indyk as my advisors.
Prior to my PhD studies at MIT, I was lucky to be advised by Chandra Chekuri during my master's studies at UIUC. I received my bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.
Research Interests:
  • Streaming/Sketching Algorithms
  • Approximation Algorithms and Combinatorial Optimization
  • Graph Theory and Combinatorics

CV [Last update: November 2017]

Email: vakilian[at]mit[dot]edu
Manuscripts
Conference Papers
Journal Papers
Honors and Awards
Talks
  • Set Cover in Sub-linear Time. SODA 2018. Slides
  • Fractional Set Cover in the Streaming Model. APPROX 2017. Slides
    Northeastern University Theory Lunch, October 2017. Slides
  • Towards Tight Bounds for the Streaming Set Cover Problem. PODS 2016. Slides
    TTI at Chicago, June 2017.
  • On Streaming and Communication Complexity of The Set Cover Problem. DISC 2014. Slides
  • Improved Approximation Algorithms for Degree-bounded Network Design Problems with Node Connectivity Requirements. STOC 2014. Slides
  • Improved Approximation Algorithm for Min-Cost k-connected Spanning Subgraph Problem. UIUC Theory Seminar, February 2013.
  • Prize-collecting Survivable Network Design in Node-weighted Graphs. APPROX 2012. Slides
    UIUC Theory Seminar, September 2012. Slides
  • Node-weighted Network Design in Planar and Minor-closed Families of Graphs. UIUC Theory Seminar, February 2012. Slides
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