Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
This course is intended for graduate students studying the theory of computation.
Most of the prerequisite knowledge for this class is contained in Theory of Computation (18.404). However, this class will be an order of magnitude more difficult.
This class will survey some of the most important developments in complexity theory. After completing the class, students should be able to read and contribute to current research in the field.
A rough list of topics is
There will be 4-5 problem sets during the semester. Each student will also be responsible for editing the lecture notes from two lectures. Some students will write notes for lectures that do not overlap with last year.
There is no required textbook for this course, but there is a list of recommended backgroung readings.
Grades will be determined 80% by the problem sets, and 20% by scribe notes.