Robert Andrews
Email: rgandre2 at illinois dot edu
Office: 3219 Siebel
I will be on the job market for postdoc positions during the 2022–2023 academic year.
I am a finalyear PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign.
I am part of the Theory & Algorithms group, where I am fortunate to be advised by Michael A. Forbes.
I primarily work on algebraic complexity theory, but I am broadly interested in computational complexity.
Research

On Matrix Multiplication and Polynomial Identity Testing
FOCS 2022
Best Student Paper Award
Invited to SICOMP special issue on FOCS 2022
[arXiv  ECCC  FOCS proceedings]

Ideals, Determinants, and Straightening: Proving and Using Lower Bounds for Polynomial Ideals
With Michael A. Forbes.
STOC 2022
Invited to Theory of Computing
[arXiv  ECCC  STOC proceedings]

Algebraic Hardness Versus Randomness in Low Characteristic
CCC 2020
[arXiv  ECCC  CCC proceedings]
Teaching
I have been lucky to work as a teaching assistant for the following courses at UIUC.
 Fall 2022
 CS 473: Algorithms
 Fall 2021†
 CS 374: Introduction to Algorithms & Models of Computation
 Fall 2020¶
 CS 473: Algorithms
 Spring 2019†
 CS 374: Introduction to Algorithms & Models of Computation
 Fall 2018†
 CS 374: Introduction to Algorithms & Models of Computation
 Spring 2018
 CS 579: Computational Complexity
 Fall 2017
 CS 475: Formal Models of Computation
†Included on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.
¶Received the department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant award.
Miscellaneous

Need more RAM? Just invent time travel!
With Mitchell Jones and Patrick Lin.
SIGBOVIK 2019
"Most Frighteningly like Real Research!" award
[SIGBOVIK proceedings]