Akshar Varma

Photo PhD Student
Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Northeastern University

About me

I am a third year PhD student working with Dr. Ravi Sundaram in the Theory Group at Northeastern University. I am interested in understanding the theoretical aspects of problems arising in Computer Science, in particular problems related to overparametrization and generalization in deep learning.

Before joining NEU, I completed my B.Tech. degree (2013-2017) in Information and Communication Technology from DAIICT, Gandhinagar, India. I also got a minor in Computational Sciences and still have some interest in areas like High Performance Computing, Complex Networks and Modelling and Simulation.


I have worked on the following problems in the past (some ongoing):


My most recent resume can be found here (Updated January 2020).



I was the head Teaching Assistant for the graduate Algorithms (CS5800) course offered in Fall 2019 at Northeastern University, which contained approximately 200 students. I was responsible for problem sets, and was involved in recitation sessions and creating exams. I also taught a few lectures during the course.

In the past (Jul - Nov 2016) I have also been a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate High Performance Computing course offered to juniors. Experiences in teaching this course lead to the development of a web-based platform to aid HPC education. Details can be found in the following journal article. This was joint work with Bhaskar Chaudhury, Yashwant Keswani, Yashodhan Bhatnagar and Samarth Parikh.


Email: first name at ccs dot neu dot edu

Last modified: February 10, 2020