It's not like other departments have stopped hiring in theory. In the past two hiring years alone several schools have hired junior theorists including Carnegie-Mellon, Cornell, Michigan, MIT Math, Penn State, Rochester, Stanford, Washington and Wisconsin. Many universities realize that in order to have a strong CS department one needs a strong theory group and in order to improve or even maintain strength in theory one needs strong young talent.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
The South Has Risen
Who would have thought the next theoretical computer science powerhouse would have come from Atlanta? Georgia Tech this year has hired Santosh Vempala and Adam and Yael Tauman Kalai into an already amazing theory group. In the past few years Georgia Tech has gone from a good theory program to one of the largest and strongest in the country. How did they accomplish that feat? Seeing potential where others haven't, solving two-body problems both inside and outside the department and most importantly having the resources to go after opportunities when they occur. Alas two of their recent hires came at the expense of Chicago/TTI but hey, all's fair in love, war and recruiting.