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Department of Mathematics
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive  # 0112
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
Office:AP&M 7456
Phone:(858) 534-6455
Fax:(858) 534-5273
Samuel Buss
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. Mathematics, Princeton University, 1985
B.S. Mathematics, Emory University, 1979
B.S. Physics, Emory University, 1979
Professor Buss received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1985. He has been with UCSD since 1988; he is Professor in the Mathematics Department and holds an Adjunct appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.Professor Buss's research is in the area of logic and theoretical computer science, with particular emphasis on proof complexity and computational complexity. He has also published papers on computer graphics, numerical methods, and bioinformatics. In other activities, he has contributed algorithms and software designs for a number of commercially successful computer games. Professor Buss is an exemplary teacher with an outstanding record of teaching here at UCSD. He was a joint thesis advisor for a student whose Ph.D. thesis won both the Sacks prize in logic and the Ackermann Award in theoretical computer science. Professor Buss was the Chair of the Mathematics Department from 2006 through 2010; he has also served as the Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Affairs and the Vice-Chair for Graduate Affairs. Professor Buss' primary research is in Logic and Theoretical Computer Science. He also works in Numerical Methods and Computer Graphics. He has published in many prestigious journals and conference proceedings, and has written a book on Bounded Arithmetic and a book on Computer Graphics. He serves on the editorial boards of six journals.