Comp 531 Advanced Theory of Computation

Instructor   Hamed Hatami
TA's   Teaching assistant: (TBA)
Lecture   TBA
Outline TBA
Office hours:   TBA. If you want to meet outside office hours, the best thing is to send me an email, but you can also just drop by my office, and if I'm not busy I will answer your questions.
Lecture notes:   Here is a draf of the Lecture Notes. It will be updated as we go.


This is a rigorous course with an emphasis on mathematical proofs. This course is a continuation of Comp 330 and as a result it requires Comp 330 as a prerequisite. You must be comfortable with basic concepts from logic, linear algebra, Turing Machines, and you must be able to read and write precise mathematical statements.



Homework (80% = 4 x 20%). There will be four homework assignments. The due dates are going to be announced. The homework and the exams will be graded based on correctness rather than effort alone. Each assignment will be posted on the course web page. Your grades will be posted on mycourses.

Late homeworks can be submitted for valid reasons. Some personal circumstances for which accommodation may be warranted include, but are not limited to: Student illness (mental/physical), Family/partner illness, Death in the immediate family or of a person with whom the student has a similarly close relationship, Religious Observances, Pregnancy, Delivery of a child, Parenting issues.

The following are reasons for which an extension request will normally NOT be granted: Employment reasons, Travel/vacation/social plans, Airline flights and schedules, Other assignments and exams due on or about the due date.

Group project. 20%

Other Resources


Academic honesty. McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offenses under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information). Most importantly, work submitted for this course must represent your own efforts. Copying assignments or tests from any source, completely or partially, allowing others to copy your work, will not be tolerated, and they will be reported to disciplinary office.

Submission of written work in French. In accord [sic] with McGill University's Charter of Students' Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.