This is an advanced graduate course in complexity theory, bringing you close to the frontier of current research. After taking this class, you should be able to enjoy most conference talks on computational complexity. Use CS 880 as a jump board into your own research. 
CS 810 provided you with a sound background on the complexity theory from
the 80's and before. The main focus of this course will be research
directions that have been in vogue since the 90's. In particular, we will
cover

There is no existing text. Lecture notes will be made available from the course web page. 
Introductory Complexity Theory at the level of CS 810. In particular, the material from JinYi Cai's lecture notes for CS 810 and Toda's Theorem as covered in Lance Fortnow's survey on counting complexity. 


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