Ian Mertz

Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto
10 King's College Road
Sandford Fleming Building, Room SF4302C
Toronto, ON, M5S-3G4

last_name [at] cs.toronto.edu

about

I'm a fourth year M.Sc./Ph.D. student in the Theory Group at the University of Toronto, where I'm fortunate to be working under the supervision of Toniann Pitassi. Before this I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University.

At the moment my research interests mostly include arithmetic circuit complexity, proof complexity, and catalytic computing. In the future I also hope to work on quantum complexity.

I'm currently in charge of the Theory Student Seminar, so feel free to send inquiries to tssadmin [at] cs.toronto.edu.

You can find my current CV here.

UPDATE: I'll be spending the spring 2020 semester joining my advisor Toni Pitassi at the Instutute for Advanced Study in my home town of Princeton, New Jersey!

publications
Catalytic Approaches to the Tree Evaluation Problem
James Cook, Ian Mertz
In submission
Automating Cutting Planes is NP-Hard
Mika Göös, Sajin Koroth, Ian Mertz, Toniann Pitassi
In submission
Short Proofs Are Hard to Find
Dual VP Classes
Complexity of Regular Functions

TECHNICAL NOTES / MISCELLANEOUS

Catalytic Computing Between L and P
Ian Mertz
Qualifying exam. See also: Catalytic Approaches to the Tree Evaluation Problem. [slides]
Proof Complexity and Automatizability
Ian Mertz
Master's thesis. See also: Short Proofs are Hard to Find. [slides]
Transforming Potential into Promise: A Depth-First Approach
Rajiv Gandhi, David Jacobowitz, Ian Mertz
In production.
teaching assistant
fall 2019 CSC 165 mathematical expression and reasoning for c.s.
winter 2019 CSC 165 (x2) mathematical expression and reasoning for c.s.
winter 2018 CSC 165
CSC 463
mathematical expression and reasoning for c.s.
computational complexity and computability
summer 2017 CSC 373 algorithm design, analysis, and complexity
winter 2017 CSC 463 computational complexity and computability
fall 2016 CSC 165 mathematical expression and reasoning for c.s.
fall 2015 CS 509 foundations of computer science
research
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