Photo cred to Cynthia Guo

Max Hopkins

EBU-3B
La Jolla, CA, 92092
Office 4232

nmhopkin@eng.ucsd.edu

About

I am a second-year PhD student in the theory group at UCSD, where I am advised by Daniel Kane and Shachar Lovett and supported by NSF and Jacobs Fellowships. I did my undergraduate BA in Mathematics at Harvard University with a minor in Computer Science. In my time there, I was lucky enough to work under Michael Mitzenmacher and Madhu Sudan.

I co-host the weekly UCSD Theory Lunch on Thursday's with Sam Mcguire. The schedule can be found here.

For the last year I have worked on the intersection of learning theory and computational geometry, and have recently become interested in High Dimensional Expanders and their relation to small set expansion.

I like singing, boardgames, squash, and sushi (in no particular order).

Papers


Conference and Workshop Papers

  1. Doppelgangers: the Ur-Operation and Posets of Bounded Height
    Thomas Browning, Max Hopkins, Zander Kelley
    Extended Abstract appeared in Proceedings of FPSAC 2018

  2. Simulated Annealing for JPEG Quantization
    Max Hopkins, Michael Mitzenmacher, Sebastian Wagner-Carena
    DCC 2018 (poster)
    Code

Pre-prints

  1. A Novel CMB Component Separation Method: Hierarchical Generalized Morphological Component Analysis
    Sebastian Wagner-Carena, Max Hopkins, Ana Rivero, Boris Leistedt, Cora Dvorkin
    Submitted to MNRAS, Nov '19

  2. The Power of Comparisons for Actively Learning Linear Separators
    Max Hopkins, Daniel Kane, Shachar Lovett
    Submitted to STOC '20

Manuscripts

  1. Noise Tolerant, Reliable Active Classification with Comparison Queries
    Max Hopkins, Daniel Kane, Shachar Lovett, Gaurav Mahajan
    Submitted to STOC '20

Miscellaneous Writing

Talks

  • UCSD Theory Seminar or Lunch

    • Small Set Expansion in the Johnson Graph through High Dimensional Expansion (Fall '19)

    • High Dimensional Expanders: The Basics (Summer '19)

    • Reasoning in the Presence of Noise (Spring '19)

    • The Power of Comparisons for Active Learning (Winter '18)

  • Undergraduate Talks

    • On the Cohomology of Dihedral Groups (Spring '17)

    • Understanding Doppelgangers and the Ur-Operation (Summer '16)

Teaching

At Harvard
  1. TA for APMTH 106, Applied Algebra, Fall 2017.