Biography:Umesh Vazirani

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Umesh Vazirani
Alma materMIT, University of California, Berkeley
AwardsFulkerson Prize (2012)
Scientific career
FieldsQuantum computation, Computational complexity
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
ThesisRandomness, Adversaries and Computation (1986)
Doctoral advisorManuel Blum
He is the brother of Vijay Vazirani.

Umesh Virkumar Vazirani is an Indian-American academic who is the Roger A. Strauch Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the director of the Berkeley Quantum Computation Center. His research interests lie primarily in quantum computing. He is also a co-author of a textbook on algorithms.[1]


Vazirani received a BS from MIT in 1981[2] and received his Ph.D. in 1986 from UC Berkeley under the supervision of Manuel Blum.[3]

He is the brother of University of California, Irvine professor Vijay Vazirani.


Vazirani is one of the founders of the field of quantum computing. His 1993 paper with his student Ethan Bernstein on quantum complexity theory(Bernstein Vazirani) defined a model of quantum Turing machines which was amenable to complexity based analysis. This paper also gave an algorithm for the quantum Fourier transform, which was then used by Peter Shor within a year in his celebrated quantum algorithm for factoring integers.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2005 both Vazirani and his brother Vijay Vazirani were inducted as Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, Umesh for "contributions to theoretical computer science and quantum computation"[4] and his brother Vijay for his work on approximation algorithms.[5] Vazirani was awarded the Fulkerson Prize for 2012 for his work on improving the approximation ratio for graph separators and related problems (jointly with Satish Rao and Sanjeev Arora). In 2018, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Mulmuley, Ketan; Vazirani, Umesh V.; Vazirani, Vijay V. (1987), "Matching is as easy as matrix inversion", Combinatorica 7 (1): 105–113, doi:10.1007/BF02579206 . A preliminary version of this paper was also published in STOC '87.
  • Bernstein, Ethan; Vazirani, Umesh (1993), "Quantum complexity theory", Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC '93), pp. 11–20, doi:10.1145/167088.167097, ISBN 978-0897915915 .
  • Kearns, Michael J.; Vazirani, Umesh V. (1994), An Introduction to Computational Learning Theory, MIT Press, ISBN 9780262111935 .
  • "Strengths and weaknesses of quantum computing", SIAM Journal on Computing 26 (5): 1510–1523, 1997, doi:10.1137/S0097539796300933 .


  1. Algorithms: Dasgupta, Papadimitriou, Vazirani
  2. Vazirani, Umesh Virkumar (1986-01-01) (in en). Randomness, Adversaries and Computation. University of California, Berkeley. 
  3. Umesh Virkumar Vazirani at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  4. ACM Fellows Award: Umesh Vazirani.
  5. ACM Fellows Award: Vijay Vazirani.

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