We are delighted to announce that Standa Zivny, Ana Leaf Foundation Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science at Jesus College has been awarded a full Professorship by the University of Oxford.
Professor Zivny works at the intersection of discrete mathematics, combinatorial optimisation, and theoretical computer science. His research focuses on the application of mathematics to the design and analysis of algorithms. In particular, he tries to understand what mathematical structure captures efficient computation and what the limits of efficient algorithms are. His most recent interests include the power of convex relaxations (such as linear and semidefinite programming) and the computational complexity of counting problems.
He says, “I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded full Professorship at Oxford University in recognition of my continuous commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and citizenship.”
Professor Zivny read Computer Science in the Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Finland and came to Oxford in 2006 to pursue his doctorate. His thesis won the ACP doctoral research award and was published by Springer as a monograph. He then became a stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in Mathematical and Physical Sciences at University College before spending a year as a Senior Research Fellow at Warwick University. In 2013 he returned to Oxford and the Department of Computer Science, where he has taught both undergraduates and postgraduates ever since. His research has been supported by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (since 2013) and an ERC Starting Grant (since 2017).