Sarah Cannon, M.Sc.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sarah Cannon earned a B.A. in mathematics at Tufts University in 2012 and an M.Sc. in mathematics and the foundations of computer science from the University of Oxford in 2013. Her current research as a Ph.D. student in the Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO) program at the Georgia Institute of Technology studies randomized algorithms, with a focus on establishing provable bounds for the mixing time of Markov chains. Sarah has published numerous articles, spanning graph theory, computational geometry, self-assembly and Markov chains, typically involving planar geometry. For example, a recent result (SODA15) proved the existence of a phase transition for the mixing time of a local Markov chain on weighted dyadic tilings, a family of rectangular dissections. Sarah received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Clare Boothe Luce Outstanding Graduate Fellowship and was previously named a Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher.

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