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Undergraduate student Adrian Vladu was recently selected as a finalist in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for 2011.

Adrian’s main academic interests are centered around theoretical computer science, with a focus on algorithms and data structures. He has researched the problem of producing a global ranking of items given pairwise ranking information, when the items to be ranked arrive in an online fashion. This work resulted in a paper published at the 8th Workshop on Approximation and Online Algorithms. The paper was co-authored with Claire Mathieu.

He has also worked in the area of Computational Biology, which resulted in the paper “An Efficient Algorithm for Alignment of Strobe Reads” (with Anna Ritz, Aparna Das, Benjamin J. Raphael), currently in submission.

Upon graduation in May, Adrian will working towards a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science.