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Jayadev Acharya

  • Jayadev Acharya
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Address: 304 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
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I joined Cornell in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering, after spending two years as a postdoc at MIT. I obtained my Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego, and my B. Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Research Interests

I am interested in information theory, algorithmic statistics, and machine learning. In particular, I am interested in understanding the trade-offs between resources (e.g., data, memory, time, etc) for problems in statistical learning. During my graduate work, I worked on compression and statistical estimation, with particular emphasis on problems over large domains.

Selected Publications

  • Acharya, Jayadev, I. Diakonikolas, J. Li, L. Schmidt. 2016. "Sample-optimal density estimation in nearly-linear time".
  • Acharya, Jayadev, C. Daskalakis, G. Kamath. 2015. "Optimal testing of properties of distributions."
  • Acharya, Jayadev, A. Orlitsky, A.T. Suresh, H. Tyagi. 2015. "The complexity of estimating Rényi entropy."
  • Acharya, Jayadev, H. Das, O. Milenkovic, A. Orlitsky, S. Pan. 2015. "String reconstruction from substring compositions." 29 (3): 1340-1371.
  • Acharya, Jayadev, A. Jafarpour, A. Orlitsky, A.T. Suresh. 2014. "Near-optimal-sample estimators for spherical gaussian mixtures."

Selected Awards and Honors

  • MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship (MIT) 2014
  • Shannon Graduate Fellowship (UCSD) 2012
  • Jack Keil Wolf Student Paper Award (ISIT) 2010


  • Btech. (Electronics and Communication Engineering), IIT Kharagpur, 2007
  • MS (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of California, San Diego, 2009
  • Ph D (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of California, San Diego, 2014