Joshua Brakensiek

Photo of Joshua Brakensiek.

I am a third-year PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford University. I am fortunate to be co-advised by Aviad Rubinstein and Moses Charikar. My CV is available here.
I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematical Sciences with a minor in Science, Technology and Society as a Knaster-McWilliams Scholar. While there, my advisor in the Honors Program was the truly excellent Venkatesan Guruswami.


My research interests lie in theoretical computer science, particularly in the application of algebraic and geometric techniques. My most recent work has been in approximation algorithms, particularly for edit distance and constraint satisfaction problems.

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Professional Service

Selected Awards

In high school, I participated in various mathematics and computer science competitions.


I was also a member of Keenan Crane's Geometry Collective.
I am a class of 2012 alumnus of the Research Science Institute.

The following photograph I took of Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona appears in the Mathematical Association of America's 100th anniversary calendar: