Jayadev Acharya

Jayadev Acharya

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Frank H T Rhodes Hall, Room 382


I joined Cornell in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering, after spending two years as a postdoc at MIT. I was promoted to Associate Professor in June 2022. I obtained my Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego, and my B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Research Interests

I am interested in information theory, algorithmic statistics, and machine learning. In particular, I am interested in understanding the trade-offs between resources (e.g., data, memory, time, etc) for problems in statistical learning. During my graduate work, I worked on compression and statistical estimation, with particular emphasis on problems over large domains.

Selected Publications

  • Acharya, Jayadev, I. Diakonikolas, J. Li, L. Schmidt. 2016."Sample-optimal density estimation in nearly-linear time".
  • Acharya, Jayadev, C. Daskalakis, G. Kamath. 2015."Optimal testing of properties of distributions."
  • Acharya, Jayadev, A. Orlitsky, A.T. Suresh, H. Tyagi. 2015."The complexity of estimating Rényi entropy."
  • Acharya, Jayadev, H. Das, O. Milenkovic, A. Orlitsky, S. Pan. 2015."String reconstruction from substring compositions."29(3): 1340-1371.
  • Acharya, Jayadev, A. Jafarpour, A. Orlitsky, A.T. Suresh. 2014."Near-optimal-sample estimators for spherical gaussian mixtures."

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Kenneth A. Goldman ’71 Excellence in Teaching Award (College of Engineering) 2022
  • MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship(MIT)2014
  • Shannon Graduate Fellowship(UCSD)2012
  • Jack Keil Wolf Student Paper Award(ISIT)2010


  • B.Tech..(Electronics and Communication Engineering),IIT Kharagpur,2007
  • M.S.(Electrical and Computer Engineering),University of California, San Diego,2009
  • Ph.D.(Electrical and Computer Engineering),University of California, San Diego,2014


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