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Hamidreza Jahanjou

Part-Time Lecturer - Silicon Valley


Office Location

Northeastern University - Silicon Valley
6024 Silver Creek Valley Rd
San Jose, CA 95138


Hamidreza Jahanjou is a part-time lecturer in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University’s campus in Silicon Valley. He completed his PhD in Computer Sciences at Khoury College where he was advised by Professor Rajmohan Rajaraman. Hamid earned his master’s degree at Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He has collaborated with several faculty members in research and teaching within the field of theoretical computer science.


  • PhD in Computer Science, Northeastern University
  • MS, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

About me:

Where did you grow up?

Isfahan, Iran

What are your research interests?

Currently, my research involves finding clever ways to solve computationally-difficult problems. Some of these problems arise from practice, such as scheduling problems. Others are worth investigating due to their aesthetic values.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research?

I would like to solve the rectangle coloring problem. When given a set of axis-parallel rectangles on a plane, what is the smallest number of colors needed so that rectangles of the same color do not intersect?

What do you find most interesting about your research?

The most interesting part of my work is understanding what makes some problems inherently more difficult than others despite their similarity. I feel that this question lies at the heart of all research in Algorithms and Complexity Theory. It is also a very natural question: why does a riddle become obvious only after you know the answer?