Charles Viss, PhD receives University of Colorado Denver Graduate School Outstanding Dissertation AwardGraduate School May 29, 2020
The Graduate School honors the recent graduate who produced the best dissertation and dissertation defense out of all graduates from the preceding three semesters. Nominations were submitted by faculty mentors and/or any members of a student's thesis committee and highlighted elements of the dissertation and defense that were truly outstanding. Only one doctoral student at CU Denver receives this honor and the $500 certificate. A separate dissertation award is presented at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Dr. Viss’s dissertation, entitled “Circuits in Optimization”, demonstrated a compelling alternative using circuit walks, and designed and implemented fast algorithms to compute walks for a wide range of applications in data analytics.
Dr. Viss’s dissertation also proved that linear optimization over the set of circuits is possible without enumeration, which makes polynomial-time circuit augmentation algorithms possible. “The result was a big surprise to the community and prompted immediate work and publications by independent research groups,” said Dr. Borgwardt.
Dr. Viss was nominated by Steffen Borgwardt, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Tamon Stephen, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics.
Dr. Borgwardt wrote, “[Dr. Viss] is fully deserving of the highest recognition. His work has made a major impact in a field where it is really hard to do so.”
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