Lila FontesAssistant Professor
Computer Science Department
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081
email: fontes at cs.swarthmore.edu
office: Science Center 205B
office hours: by appointment
(also: check your syllabus)
I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Swarthmore College I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Université Paris 7 Diderot. I completed my Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in computer science from the University of Toronto, as a member of the theory group, working under the supervision of Stephen A. Cook and Toniann Pitassi. I did my undergraduate work at Harvard in mathematics, focusing on logic under the supervision of Peter Koellner.
My research area is theoretical computer science, and I am interested in problems involving privacy and communication. More generally, I enjoy using math to explore the limits of computation, which spans a broad range of interests including algorithm design and analysis, proving impossibility results and lower bounds, testing and implementing theoretical results, and solving puzzles.
For the fall 2023 semester I will be teaching CS 41: Algorithms.
For the 2020-2021 academic year I was on sabbatical. During this time I was not teaching; in the Before Times I had plans to travel and work with research collaborators, but COVID-19 threw those plans into disarray (alas).
Solitary reading was still feasible, so I tried reading many interesting nonfiction books. Here is a sample list, in no particular order, on topics that are mostly tech-related: