Arya Mazumdar

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Coding theory etc. ... 


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

Assistant: Rachel Lavery | email:

Research Interests

I work on error correcting codes, information theory, and a range of statistical reconstruction problems, some of which are related to foundational topics in machine learning. I am also interested in the trade-offs between computation, communication and convergence rate of distributed algorithms.

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I am an associate 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. In 2019-2020, I am on leave from UMass, and a researcher at Amazon AI and Search at Berkeley, CA.


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I am a tenured associate professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass with additional affiliations to Center for Data Science and Department of Mathematics and Statistics. I am on leave from UMass now at Amazon AI and Search, in the Machine Intelligence and Decision Analytics (MIDAS) team at Berkeley, CA. My research is mainly supported by the NSF via multiple grants, including an NSF CAREER award. Before joining UMass, I was an assistant professor at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. 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 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. As of now, I am also serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and as an Area Editor of Foundation and Trends in Communication and Information Theory.

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.