Photo cred to Cynthia Guo

Max Hopkins

La Jolla, CA, 92092
Office 4232


I am a first-year NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the theory group at UCSD, where I am advised by Daniel Kane and Shachar Lovett.

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.

My current research lies in learning theory, but I am widely interested in algorithms and complexity and have previously worked on problems in coding theory and compression. I am especially interested in applications of algebra and combinatorics to computer science.

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


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)

Miscellaneous Writing


  • On the Cohomology of Dihedral Groups

    • Undergraduate Math Junior Talk, May 2017

  • Understanding Doppelgangers and the Ur-Operation

    • UW Math REU, August 2016


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