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Professor Standa Zivny

Roles and subjects

Tutor in Computer Science



Professor Standa Zivny is Tutor in Computer Science at Jesus College, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Academic Background

Mgr, MSc, RNDr, DPhil

Before coming to England, I read computer science in the Czech republic, Netherlands, and Finland. I came to Oxford in 2006 and spent here three years as a doctoral student working on my thesis that won the ACP doctoral research award and was then published by Springer as a monograph, and three years as a stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Oxford’s University College. After a year at Warwick, where I was a Senior Research Fellow, I came back to Oxford in 2013. I spent the first half of 2016 at UC Berkeley.

My research has been supported by several grants, including a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2013-2021), an ERC Starting Grant (2017-2022), and an ERC Consolidator Grant (2022-2027).

Undergraduate Teaching

Computer science.

Postgraduate Teaching

Probability and computing.

Combinatorial optimisation.

Research Interests

My research centres around the application of mathematics to the design and analysis of algorithms. In particular, I develop efficient algorithms for constraint satisfaction problems and prove under which conditions efficient algorithms can exist. I also work on submodular functions and pseudo-Boolean optimisation.

My most recent interests include the power of convex relaxations (such as linear and semidefinite programming) and the complexity of computational counting.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also Professor Zivny’s website at the Department of Computer Science website.