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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, Prof Zivny studied in the Czech republic, Netherlands, and Finland. He came to Oxford in 2006 and spent three years here as a doctoral student working on his thesis, which 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 he was a Senior Research Fellow, he came back to Oxford in 2013. Prof Zivny spent the first half of 2016 at UC Berkeley.

Prof Zivny was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, an ERC Starting Grant, and an ERC Consolidator Grant.

Undergraduate Teaching

Computer science.

Postgraduate Teaching

Probability and computing.

Combinatorial optimisation.

Research Interests

Prof Zivny’s research centres around the application of mathematics to the design and analysis of algorithms. In particular, he works on mathematical aspects of constraint satisfaction problems and proves under which conditions efficient algorithms can exist. He also works on submodular functions and pseudo-Boolean optimisation.

Most of his 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 the Department of Computer Science website and Professor Zivny’s departmental webpage.