Arya Mazumdar

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
CS 332 | Phone: (413) 545-0359 | email:

Assistant: Rachel Lavery | email:

Research Interests

Information Theory, Machine Learning

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I am an assistant professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, an adjunct professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and affiliated with the Center for Data Science.


Research Support

  • BSF-NSF1618512, Coding and Information - Theoretic Aspects of Local Data Recovery, Role: PI (2016-2019).

  • NSF1642550, NSF1526763 Ordinal Data Compression, Role: PI (2015-2018).

  • NSF CAREER, NSF CAREER Reliability in Large-Scale Storage (2015-2020).

  • NSF1318093 Combinatorial Joint Source Channel Coding, Role: PI (2013-2017).

    • NSF1535566 REU Supplement (2015-2017).


Before joining CICS at UMass, I was an assistant professor at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for three years. I was also a member/long-term visitor (Sep 2014 - Jun 2015) at Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at UMN.

Even before that, I was a postdoctoral scholar (Aug 2011- Dec 2012) at Signals, Information and Algorithms Lab led by Greg Wornell at MIT.

I received my PhD in 2011 from University of Maryland, College Park under the guidance of Alexander Barg. My thesis, Combinatorial Methods in Coding Theory, won a distinguished dissertation fellowship award in UMD, and also an ISIT Jack K Wolf student paper award. While a graduate student, I spent summer of 2010 at IBM Almaden, San Jose, CA, and summer of 2008 at HP Labs, Palo Alto, CA doing internships.

Back in a magical decade, I was born in the then-small-town of Siliguri in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. I spent the wonder-years there and in Jadavpur, Kolkata, till I graduated with a B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering.