Today, I start as a research scientist at Simons/ Berkeley!
Simons Institute and UC Berkeley
samidavies [at] berkeley.edu
davies [at] berkeley.edu
I like problems in combinatorial optimization---think hypergraph matchings, scheduling, clustering, etc.
I was a post-doc at Northwestern for 2 years. In June 2021, I graduated with my Ph.D. in math from the University of Washington, where I worked between the Department of Mathematics and the theory group in the Allen School. I was advised by Thomas Rothvoss.
More on correlation clustering with Ben and Heather! We showed that with a small tweak, our fast, combinatorial algorithm that worked for the Min Max objective actually produces a constant factor approximate solution for all \ell_p norms.
Heading to a Dagstuhl workshop on scheduling this coming week.
Getting ready to head to EECS Rising Stars in Austin!
I’ll be giving a talk at the TCS Women Meeting at STOC this year as part of the Rising Star talks.
Personal, but work related
I’m vegan. I love to bake, cook, and drink matcha lattes.
I completed my 200 RYT in the summer of 2019. I taught yoga classes at UW for a year or so.
- I was a mentor with the Washington Directed Reading Program during the following quarters: Spring 2019, Fall 2020, Winter 2021. I lead projects with undergraduates outside of the WDRP during the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 quarters.
- I co-taught the course Math in Society to an amazing groups of people during the Summer of 2018 through FEPPS. FEPPS provides college education for incarcerated women, trans-identifying, and gender nonconforming people in Washington. I have tutored and done other work through FEPPS, as well.