Department of Computer Science | Institute of Theoretical Computer Science | CADMO

Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with A. Steger, D. Steurer and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 12:15 pm

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: OAT S15/S16/S17

Speaker: Yi-Jun Chang

Distributed Complexity and Automata Theory

In this talk, we consider solving locally checkable labeling (LCL) problems (i.e., the graph problems whose solution can be verified locally, such as maximal independent set and proper k-coloring) in the LOCAL model of distributed computing. Starting in 2016, there is a line of research that aims at understanding the computational complexity of LCL problems on bounded-degree graphs. An interesting finding of this research is the existence of several "gaps" in the complexity landscape. For example, in [Chang, Kopelowitz, Pettie, FOCS 2016], we showed that any LCL problem on bounded-degree graphs has deterministic round complexity either O(log* n) or Omega(log n). However, many of these proofs are "non-constructive" in the sense that they do not provide an algorithm that decides which side of the gap a given LCL problem belongs to. In this talk, we will show that using a connection between LCL and automata theory, it is possible to make some of these results "constructive."

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