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Computer Science News Read more from Computer Science News

Complexity breakthrough by Dr Shuichi Hirahara

Dr Shuichi Hirahara, a research fellow affiliated with the Theory and FoundationsLink opens in a new window group and an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, has made a significant advance towards our understanding of the limits and possibilities of efficient computations. In his recent paper "NP-Hardness of Learning Programs and Partial MCSP", published at the 63rd IEEE Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2022), Dr Hirahara established the NP-hardness of learning efficient programs and of estimating the circuit complexity of an explicitly given partial Boolean function. The main result of the paper addresses a question that dates back to the pioneering work of Stephen Cook and Leonid Levin on the theory of NP-completeness from the 1970s.

The new result has been presented at several institutions, including UT Austin, Columbia University, Warwick (Online Complexity Seminar), MIT, and the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley. The latter is running a semester-long program on "Meta-Complexity" that is closely related to Hirahara's recent contributions.

You can read more about it at the popular Computational Complexity Blog, where the discovery has been named "Complexity Result of the Year" (see also Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP).
Fri 03 Feb 2023, 17:36 | Tags: People Highlight Research Theory and Foundations

Statistics News and Events Read more from Statistics News and Events

Honourable Mention for Tom Berrett for Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award

Tom Berrett has received an honourable mention for the Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award 2023

Tue 08 Nov 2022, 17:10 | Tags: Prizes & Awards, Prizes and Awards

Physics Department News Read more from Physics Department News

New Students Joining in 2022

For all those students joining us this autumn, we are pleased to welcome you to the Department of Physics.

Please visit our welcome page for further information.

Tue 23 Aug 2022, 16:02

News Library Read more from News Library

Crystallisation Day 2023 - A Chemistry Outreach Event

School kids get a taste of something a bit different to the conventional concept of Chemistry

Thu 02 Feb 2023, 11:29 | Tags: news, events, Outreach

Life Sciences News Read more from Life Sciences News

Earthquakes in Turkey & Syria

Our thoughts are with staff and students affected by the devastating earthquake that has hit Turkey and Syria. People have asked about how they can respond to this; various charitable organisations are coordinating humanitarian efforts that you can contribute to e.g. The Red Cross

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support, or if you have any concerns about someone else.  Students can contact the Wellbeing & Student Support Services team via the wellbeing portal or by calling 024 7657 5570, access bereavement support from the Chaplaincy, or speak to their personal tutor.  Staff can access support through the Staff Wellbeing Hub, by contacting the Employee Assistance Programme, or accessing bereavement support from the Chaplaincy.  

Tue 07 Feb 2023, 09:40

School of Engineering News Read more from School of Engineering News

Emeritus Professor David Whitehouse receives 'WOW' award

Our Emeritus Professor David WhitehouseLink opens in a new window who, through his internationally recognised work, promoting women has been promoting the name of University of Warwick, has recently won a ‘Wow’ AwardLink opens in a new window – the first of three such awards given to him by the Vice-Chancellor, Stuart Croft, in December 2022.

Thu 02 Feb 2023, 12:15 | Tags: Research

WMG News Read more from WMG News

WMG students take part in training for UK's largest cyber competition

Students at WMG took part in UK's largest cyber security competitionStudents at WMG at the University of Warwick, recently took part in training for Defence Cyber Marvel 2, Western Europe’s largest live-fire cyber exercise. The training was designed to give the students a taste of cyber competitions ahead of the main event due to take place in February.

WMG entered two teams with 21 students in total, and along with three other teams they formed part of an unofficial Blue Team. The Blue Team were faced with the challenge of defending a large network of machines with different operating systems from a Red Team.

The WMG teams had great success in the training competition, placing second and third overall.

Dr Harjinder Lallie, Discipline Group Leader for Cyber Security at WMG, University of Warwick said: “Both teams did really well and should be proud of their performance in the competition. Their approach and attitude was exceptional and acts as a testament to the exceptional students on the degree course.”

The Defence Cyber Marvel 2 training competition was a fantastic opportunity for WMG students, with the University of Warwick being the only university invited to enter.

The students have established themselves as leaders in Capture the Flag (CFT) competitions and their success at the training competition has led to some of our students being selected to take part in the main event for Defence Cyber Marvel. This is an international Blue Team competition (A Network Defence Competition) involving the best cyber defence teams within the UK and NATO. The competition will test the skills of the participants to stop potential cyber-attacks against the UK.

Here are some comments from some of the students who took part:

"We all had a lot of fun, and it was an excellent opportunity to develop blue-team experience".

“It was a great opportunity to test some of the skills and knowledge that we had learnt over the past three years, in a challenging and well-funded environment. We gained invaluable experience and hope to take part in more similar competitions in the future.”

Find out more about the WMG BSc Cyber Security here: BSc Cyber Security (

Read more about WMG’s latest cyber security news here: Latest News (

Wed 01 Feb 2023, 15:05 | Tags: Education Cyber Security

Maths Read more from Mathematics Institute News

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon awarded honorary doctorate

The University of Warwick has awarded the eminent mathematician Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. The award was conferred by the Chancellor Cathy Ashton (The Rt Hon. The Baroness Ashton of Upholland GCMG PC) on 16 January 2023. The Oration can be found hereLink opens in a new window.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is a French mathematician. His research concerns differential geometry and mathematical aspects of theoretical physics. A graduate from the French École Polytechnique, he holds a these d’État in Mathematical Sciences from University of Paris VII. He taught Mathematics at the École Polytechnique for over 25 years and was also Director of the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies. He is a former President of the Mathematics Society of France and the European Mathematical Society. He is also a former President of the European Research Council.

Professor Bourguignon and the Chancellor

Professor Bourguignon and the Chancellor of the University of Warwick

Sun 29 Jan 2023, 21:14 | Tags: Mathematics, honorary degree

News from Medical School Read more from Latest News

Hunterian Professor Award to Dr Hannah James

Dr Hannah James, Specialist Registrar in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at UHCW and PhD graduate from Warwick Clinical Trials Unit has been awarded a very prestigious Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons for her ground breaking surgical education research work.

Dr James recently completed an outstanding body of research for her PhD on the impact of cadaveric surgical training on improving patient outcomes. She becomes the first female Trauma and Orthopaedic (T&O) surgeon to become a Hunterian Professor. Read the full article here

Fri 27 Jan 2023, 10:41 | Tags: news WCTU Research PhD CTU

Psychology Read more from Psychology News

Opportunity to apply for a fully-funded ESRC PhD Studentship with Professor Kim Wade: Suggestibility and False Memory Formation in Psychopathology

Fully-funded ESRC PhD Studentship with Professor Kim Wade: Suggestibility and False Memory Formation in Psychopathology

Details here

Find out more and apply

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Deadline: 27 February 2023

Mon 23 Jan 2023, 09:17 | Tags: postgraduate, research, student, EDandI