About the Author
is a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he conducts research and teaches classes in applied algorithms. He has won a number of awards for his teaching and research on applied algorithms. He received his PhD from The University of California at Berkeley; his undergraduate degree is from IIT Kanpur. He has worked at Google, Qualcomm, IBM, and several software startups. When not designing algorithms, he plays with his children, Laila, Imran, and Omar.
Amit Prakash is a Member of the Technical Staff at Google, where he works primarily on machine learning problems that arise in the context of online advertising. Prior to that he worked at Microsoft in the web search team. He received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin; his undergraduate degree is from IIT Kanpur. When he is not improving the quality of ads, he indulges in his passions for puzzles, movies, travel, and adventures with his wife.