I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University.

I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago hosted by the TRIPODS Institute for Foundations of Data Science. I received my PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University under the supervision of Swastik Kopparty.

I am broadly interested in Algorithms, Probability, Discrete Mathematics, and the Mathematical Foundations of Data Science.


Email: apotu something yorku something ca


Blocking sets, minimal codes and trifferent codes. (with Anurag Bishnoi, Jozefien D'haeseleer, and Dion Gijswijt)

Algorithms for the ferromagnetic Potts model on expanders. (with Charlie Carlson, Ewan Davies, Nicolas Fraiman, Alexandra Kolla, and Corrine Yap)

  • FOCS 2022

On the geometry of stable Steiner tree instances. (with James Freitag, Neshat Mohammadi, and Lev Reyzin)

  • CCCG 2022

Enumerating independent sets in Abelian Cayley graphs. (with Liana Yepremyan)

  • under submission

Approximately counting independent sets in bipartite graphs via graph containers. (with Will Perkins and Matthew Jenssen)

  • SODA 2022

Independent sets of a given size and structure in the hypercube. (with Will Perkins and Matthew Jenssen)

  • Combinatorics, Probability, and Computing, to appear

On the list recoverability of randomly punctured codes. (with Ben Lund)

  • RANDOM 2020

On the AC0[+] complexity of Andreev's Problem.

  • FSTTCS 2019

A spectral bound on hypergraph discrepancy.

  • ICALP 2020, Best Student Paper award

Simplified inpproximability of hypergraph coloring via t-agreeing families. (with Per Austrin and Amey Bhangale)

  • manuscript

Improved efficiency for explicit covering codes matching the sphere-covering bound. (with Yihan Zhang).

  • ISIT 2020

Discrepancy in random hypergraph models.

  • manuscript

Improved Inapproximability of rainbow coloring. (with Per Austrin and Amey Bhangale)

  • SODA 2020

Syndrome decoding of Reed-Muller codes and tensor decomposition over finite fields. (with Swastik Kopparty)

  • SODA 2018

A short note on the joint entropy of n/2-wise independence. (with Amey Bhangale)

  • ISIT 2018

On the size of the image of a linear map on a finite grid. (with John Kim)

  • manuscript

On zeros of a polynomial in a finite grid. (with Anurag Bishnoi, Pete Clark, and John Schmitt)

  • Combinatorics, Probability, and Computing 2018