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Luc Devroye

School of Computer Science
McGill University
3480 University Street
Montreal, La-La Land H3A 0E9
+1(514) 398-3738
(Note: My institutional emails should not be used)
McConnell Eng. Bldg #300N

3425 Redpath
Montreal, Canada H3G 2G2
+1(514) 849-1564

(Office hours)

Biography. Born in Tienen, Belgium, too long ago. Grew up in Tienen and went to the University of Leuven (Belgium). Got married to Bea. Studied for two years at Osaka University (Japan). Obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas in 1976 under the supervision of Terry Wagner. Joined the School of Computer Science at McGill University in 1977 as a young snotnose. Recognized by his peers as a slum dog in 2008, an inglorious basterd (sic) in 2009, an artist in 2012, and a parasite in 2019. Thanks to a wonderful bunch of students and colleagues all over the world, still hanging in there. Fighting against income inequality, bureaucracy and (internet) mob justice. Fighting for truly universal healthcare, and free education for all. Will never retire.


Scribbles ⦿ More scribbles ⦿ And more ⦿ ArXiv ⦿ Dropbox ⦿ Books
Research lab: CARP
Analysis of Algorithms Home Page ⦿ AofA 2012 ⦿ Analysis of Algorithms 2022 Easychair ⦿ Workshop and conference schedule ⦿ Type design (link pages)
McGill: DMO Seminar ⦿ DMO Home Page ⦿ CRM ⦿ ISM
NSERC ⦿ NSERC Research Portal ⦿ Old NSERC Research Portal ⦿ NSERC Award Engine ⦿ CCV (Canadian Common CV) ⦿ FQRNT ⦿ TOMACS login ⦿ Journal of Mathematical Statistics and Learning login ⦿ Mathematical Statistics and Learning ⦿ TheoretiCS dashboard ⦿ Research Gate ⦿ Overleaf ⦿ IMS login
MathJobs login
Publishing: Jim Pitman's views (same as mine) ⦿ Support Pitman's effort ⦿ Gowers against Elsevier ⦿ Custodians online ⦿ Liberté, égalité, fraternité ⦿ No blind refereeing ⦿ Ten reasons why conference papers are bad (by Donald Geman) ⦿ Ten commandments ⦿ Abolish conference papers ⦿ Bring on the drugs
NSERC: Stop using the common CV
CiteSeer.IST ⦿ Google Scholar ⦿ Webmaster tools ⦿ Google Book Search
Vašek Chvátal's home page
A model for research: Weizmann Institute / Daniel Zajfman
Philippe Flajolet: 1948-2011


Feed lots and manure collection:

  • Undergraduate roughage on algorithms and data structures: COMP 252. I taught this in the Winter term of 2022, and will start up my tractor again for COMP 252 in January 2023. . Ed Discussion.
  • Undergraduate roughage on data structures and algorithms: COMP 251. I am not scheduled to fertilize this yard in the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Graduate oats on probabilistic analysis of algorithms: COMP 690. These juicy bits are available every year in the Fall term, including in September 2021. Next offering: September 2022.

My current racehorses: Erin McLeish
My current ponies: Marcel Goh, Anna Brandenberger, Rosie Zhao, Jad Hamdan.
Retired racehorses: Tommy Reddad (Canada), Xing Shi Cai (Sweden and China), Claude Gravel (Quebec and Japan), Nicolas Fraiman (USA and Uruguay), Omar Fawzi (France), Jamie King (Canada), Nicolas Broutin (France), Perouz Taslakian (Canada and Armenia), Ebrahim Malalla (Bahrein), Henning Sulzbach (Germany and UK), Abbas Mehrabian (Iran and Canada).
Future ponies: McGill's admission system is broken. Please contact me by email if you are interested in working with me and have a strong mathematical and probability background.
NII (internship program at National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo)
The Aaron Swartz Library (open to all McGill herbivores)

McGill University

Search within McGill ⦿ My McGill (internal) ⦿
School of Computer Science ⦿ Colleagues ⦿ McGill University ⦿ McGill news ⦿ Key Dates ⦿ Travel form ⦿ Financial mumbo jumbo ⦿ Mail address for travel forms ⦿ Mail address for travel forms ⦿ Mail address for IT purchases ⦿ Travel registry ⦿ myCourses ⦿ Minerva ⦿ Travel procedures ⦿ Visitor Form ⦿ McGill events
McGill Library ⦿ On-Line Journals ⦿ Springer link


Weather: Canada, Montreal, Montreal radar by weather.com, Quebec, World (intellicast), World Weather Online, Ventusky, Zoom earth ⦿ World clock

Airport codes ⦿ Airport wifi ⦿ Booking.com ⦿ Air Stronzo ⦿ Miles and More ⦿ SkyTeam ⦿ Air Help ⦿ Montreal arrivals and departures


Official picture for the media. QR code.
Google stuff: Google ⦿ Gmail login ⦿ District Medical ⦿ Protonmail login ⦿ Zoom login ⦿ Personal zoom meeting ID ⦿ Outlook login [teacher assam, childhood hero 2, famous 3, childhood b 4, college 5] ⦿ Google Calendar View ⦿ Google Calendar Set ⦿ Google Account ⦿ Google Maps ⦿ Google Docs ⦿ SunLife ⦿ WorkDay
Flajolet Slack Apple Developer Site. MacPorts. Online OCR. On-line PostScript Viewer. Color Code Picker. HTML Color Code Picker. On-line PDF extraction. PDF editor. Fax Plus.
Behance ⦿ Avaaz ⦿
Mafiotic stuff: American Express ⦿ Bell Canada
Internet: What is my IP address? ⦿ Radio: SOMA FM, Secret Agent, CMBF Radio Musical Nacional Cuba, Radio Caprice Moscow, Radio Caprice Moscow New Age ⦿ Router access ⦿ ssh unix help ⦿ Similar Web rank

Luc's family


Illustration of Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Ralph Steadman Cycling news ⦿ Cycling fans ⦿ ProCycling Stats ⦿ First Cycling ⦿ Results Belgian Cycling ⦿ Cyfo Streams ⦿ Sporza ⦿ Cycling Today ⦿ Cyclingstream ⦿ Videocyclisme ⦿ Tiz Cycling ⦿ Henri Devroye 8th in Tour de France ⦿ Henri Devroye 10th in Tour de France ⦿ Vuelta 1935 ⦿ Quebec police kill cyclist ⦿ Formula One track for training ⦿ Assez de frites ⦿ Men ⦿ Moving to Canada? ⦿ The world's best lecturer: G.S. Brindley ⦿ Ode to Jacques ⦿ Gangnam Style [Psy] ⦿ Luc's random forest ⦿ Google news: USA, Canada, Belgium, France ⦿ Urban dictionary ⦿