I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science at KAUST. My research interests are in all areas that intersect with optimization, including algorithms, machine learning, statistics, operations research, mathematics and high performance computing. I am particularly interested in randomized and distributed optimization methods for machine learning.

Current Appointments

Visiting Professor, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), 2017–
Associate Professor, Computer Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), 2017–
Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute, London, 2016–

Past Appointments

Associate Professor (=Reader), School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, 2016–2019
Visiting Assistant Professor, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, UC Berkeley, 2013
Assistant Professor (=Lecturer), School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, 2009–2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 2007–2009, host: Yurii Nesterov

Education

PhD, Operations Research, Cornell University, 2002–2007, advisor: Mike Todd
MS, Operations Research, Cornell University, 2006
Mgr, Mathematics, Comenius University, Faculty of Math, Physics & Informatics, 2001 (rank 1)
Bc, Management, Comenius University, Faculty of Management, 2000 (rank 1)
Bc, Mathematics, Comenius University, Faculty of Math, Physics & Informatics, 2000 (rank 1)

Service

Handling Editor, Journal of Nonsmooth Analysis and Optimization, 2019–
Associate Editor, Optimization Methods and Software, 2018–
Associate Editor, Optimization (Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics), 2014–
Steering Committee, Center for Doctoral Training in Data Science, University of Edinburgh, 2014–2017
Member, EPSRC Peer Review College, 2013–
Steering Committee, Centre for Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software, 2012–2014
Faculty Advisor, SIAM Edinburgh Student Chapter, 2011–2016

CV

CV (updated April 2019)