Jayadev Acharya

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering


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 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. Schmidt2016.“Sample-optimal density estimation in nearly-linear time”.
  • Acharya, Jayadev, C. Daskalakis, G. Kamath2015.“Optimal testing of properties of distributions.”
  • Acharya, Jayadev, A. Orlitsky, A.T. Suresh, H. Tyagi2015.“The complexity of estimating Rényi entropy.”
  • Acharya, Jayadev, H. Das, O. Milenkovic, A. Orlitsky, S. Pan2015.“String reconstruction from substring compositions.”29(3)1340-1371.
  • Acharya, Jayadev, A. Jafarpour, A. Orlitsky, A.T. Suresh2014.“Near-optimal-sample estimators for spherical gaussian mixtures.”

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 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