Kevin Shu's Personal Website


I'm a fifth year PhD candidate in the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization department at Georgia Tech, where I am grateful to be advised by Greg Blekherman. My main interests are on the intersection between convex geometry and algebraic geometry. I like any question that relates to optimization of things with algebraic structure.

In the Fall, I will be starting a postdoc position at Caltech, where I also did my bachelor's degree. In addition to mathematics, I also make computers do things (like rendering this website here), crocheting and rock climbing.

I am trying to write a blog to keep me honest about what I've been reading/thinking about. Check it out here.

I do have a github, but it is not very well curated. That is also where this website is hosted.



Grigoriy Blekherman, Mario Kummer, Raman Sanyal, Kevin Shu, Shengding Sun
Published in International Mathematics Research Notices, 2022
Grigoriy Blekherman, Santanu S. Dey, Kevin Shu, Shengding Sun
Published by the SIAM Journal for Optimization, 2022
Grigoriy Blekherman, Kevin Shu
Published by the SIAM Journal for Applied Algebra and Geometry, 2021
Matilde Marcolli, Kevin Shu
Published in Mathematics in Computer Science, March 2017


Symmetric Hyperbolic Polynomials
Sparse Regression and PCA via Polynomial Roots
Presented at the SIAM Conference on Optimization, 2023.
Hyperbolicity Cones and Sparse Optimization
Presented at the MIT LIDS seminar , 2023.
Symmetrically Hyperbolic Polynomials
Sparse Quadratic Programs via Polynomial Roots
Presented at the MIP and IPCO conferences in 2021.
Won honorable mentions in both poster competitions
Lightning Talk on Hyperbolic Relaxations of Locally Matrices.


The main content of the blog can be found here


There is now an animated version of one of my blogposts on Brickman's theorem available here

The first post on this blog is about this online fractal generator, an example of which is the following:


A PDF copy of my resumé can be found here.


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