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Mathematical Sciences

Prof. Manindra Agrawal

Professor & Dean of Faculty Affairs, Department of Computer Science & Engineering , Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Prof. Manindra Agrawal is the jury’s choice for his outstanding contribution in the field of complexity theory, a branch of mathematics and computer science concerned with the study of algorithms for solving mathematical and related scientific problems, and especially their efficiency and running times. Prof. Agrawal has made significant contributions to the theory of efficient reactions between computational problems, which are part of the program studying the well-known “P vs NP” question in mathematics/ computer science. His joint paper with two of his former students resolves the centuries-old problem of a fast test of primality. In the language of complexity theory, they have proved that recognizing primes is in the ‘class P’ and this constitutes one of the most striking problems now known in this class.

Bio

Born on May 20, 1966 in Allahabad, Prof. Manindra Agrawal received his B. Tech and Ph. D in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He was a fellow at the School of Mathematics, SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai from 1993 to 1995, and a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Ulm, Germany, from 1995 to 1996. He joined the faculty at IIT Kanpur as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 1996. He was appointed as the N. Rama Rao Chair Professor in 2003. He is the recipient of several international awards including the Fulkerson Prize 2006 and the Gödel Prize 2006, and has published and presented papers in reputed journals.

Timeline

1986-1991

1986-1991

B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur; Ph.D. in Computer Science, IIT Kanpur

1996

1996

Appointed Humboldt Fellow, University of Ulm, Germany

1999

1999

Appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur

2002

2002

Appointed Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur; Wins The Clay Research Award by Clay Mathematics Institute, Boston

2003

2003

Wins the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award in Mathematical Sciences

2004

2004

Selected Member, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, USA

2006

2006

Wins the Godel Prize

2008

2008

Wins Infosys Prize in Mathematical Sciences; Appointed N. Rama Rao Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur

2011

2011

Wins the Humboldt Forscheungpreis

2013

2013

Awarded the Padma Shri

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