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Valiant receives tenure from Purdue University's Board of Trustees


Associate Professor Paul Valiant

Associate Professor Paul Valiant was awarded tenure by Purdue University's Board of Trustees on April 5, 2024.


Congratulations to our faculty who received promotion from Purdue University's Board of Trustees.


The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions on April 5, 2024. The following promotions are effective with the 2024-25 academic year.


Paul Valiant was awarded tenure as the rank of associate professor. Valiant’s area of research is in algorithms, complexity, machine learning, fluid dynamics, and neuroscience. His algorithmic work concentrates on revealing obscured aspects of probability distributions and crafting instance optimal algorithms, while his machine learning research focuses on improving speed, accuracy, and data efficiency. Additionally, he explores fluid dynamics using innovative techniques like computer-aided proofs and simulations. Valiant also investigates the intersection of machine learning and human cognition, particularly examining the cerebellum's algorithmic role in the brain. Prior to joining Purdue University in 2021, he was a Von Neumann Fellow at Princeton University and was previously an assistant professor at Brown University. He completed an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of California, Berkley in 2012. Prior to that, he completed a postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 2008. 


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Last Updated: Apr 12, 2024 11:47 AM

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