I am an Assistant Professor in the CSE Department at Pennsylvania State University. My main research interests include randomized algorithms, Markov chain Monte Carlo, learning and phase transitions in statistical physics.
I am looking for highly motivated PhD students.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016--2018
Georgia Tech
PhD in Computer Science, 2016
UC Berkeley
BS in CS/Math, 2011
Georgia Tech
Random-cluster dynamics in Z^2: rapid mixing with general boundary conditions
A. Blanca, R. Gheissari and E. Vigoda
Submitted.
Swendsen-Wang Dynamics for General Graphs in the Tree Uniqueness Region
A. Blanca, Z. Chen and E. Vigoda
Proceedings of Random 2018, pp. 32:1–32.
Sampling in Uniqueness from the Potts and Random-Cluster Models on Random Regular Graphs
A. Blanca, A. Galanis, L.A. Goldberg, D. Stefankovic, E. Vigoda and K. Yang
Proceedings of Random 2018, pp. 33:1–33.
Structure Learning of H-colorings
A. Blanca, Z. Chen, D. Stefankovic and E. Vigoda
Proceedings of ALT 2018, 83:152-185.
Best Paper Award
Spatial Mixing and Non-local Markov chains
A. Blanca, P. Caputo, A. Sinclair and E. Vigoda
Proceedings of SODA 2018, pp. 1965-1980.
Phase Coexistence for the Hard-Core Model on Z^2
A. Blanca, Y. Chen, D. Galvin, D. Randall and P. Tetali
Combinatorics, Probability and Computing, 2018. To appear.
Random-Cluster Dynamics in Z^2
A. Blanca and A. Sinclair
Probability Theory and Related Fields, 2017, 168 (3), pp. 821-847.
Preliminary version in Proceedings of SODA 2016, pp. 498-513.
Dynamics for the mean-field random-cluster model
A. Blanca and A. Sinclair
Proceedings of RANDOM 2015, pp. 528-543.
Phase Coexistence and Slow Mixing for the Hard-Core Model on Z^2
A. Blanca, D. Galvin, D. Randall and P. Tetali
Proceedings of RANDOM 2013, pp. 379-394.
On Universal Cycles for new Classes of Combinatorial Structures
A. Blanca and A.P. Godbole
SIAM Journal on Discrete Math, 2011, 25 (4), pp. 1832-1842.
I will teach CSE 562 Probabilistic Algorithms in Spring 2019.