Computer Science 4910
Introduction to Complexity Theory
May 2022

Title:   Intro to Complexity Theory
Instructor:   Cezar Câmpeanu
Email:   ccampeanu < at > upei < dot > ca
Office:   CASS 408
Tel:   (902)566-0485
Course web site:  

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General description:   This course introduces formal languages, computability, and complexity. Topics include: formal languages, computability, complexity related to various computability models

Topics of the course

  1. Mathematical Review
  2. Basic Concepts and Notations
  3. Formal languages; Chomsky hierarchy.
  4. Automata, Regular Expressions, and Regular Languages
  5. Rewriting systems
  6. Decidability, Computability, and Complexity
PREREQUISITE:   CS 2920 and Math 2420
    No prerequisite waiver for those who failed the above courses. Do not insist on circumventing the SMCS rules.
Essential to review:   elementary symbolic computation(logarithms, trigonomery, polynomials, matrices, exponentials), induction, derivatives, order relations, comparing real valued functions, graph theory.
Time and Location:   web/office
    This course is taking place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lnu Epekwitk (Island Mi'kmaq), a district of Mi'kma'ki, the Mi'kmaq Nation.
ACADEMIC HONESTY:   This course is committed to the principle of academic integrity. Submitted work is expected to reflect an individual effort. Copying or cheating on assignments or tests will be dealt with harshly. Students should read Academic Regulation 20 in the UPEI Calendar at page 61 (
Avoiding Plagiarism:   The following link will help you identify and. avoid plagiarism
Individual Work Expectations:   You are expected to write your own code, your own proofs, your own examples, and so on. Unless explicitly specified in the assignment's text, the submitted work should be all yours.
Grading scheme:
Assignments Midterm Examination Final Project
35% 35% 30%
Course Resources:
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  2. Assignments
  3. Handouts
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