
Standa Živný
Professor of Computer Science
Tutorial Fellow at Jesus College
University of Oxford
Email: standa • zivny @ cs • ox • ac • uk
Phone: +44 (0)1865 610724

RESEARCH
I am interested in algorithms, computational complexity, combinatorial optimisation, homomorphism problems, and submodularity. Most of my work lies at the intersection of the above, namely it is on (the mathematics of) constraint satisfaction problems (CSP) in its many forms (approximation, counting, decision, optimisation, promise).
From the available courses in Oxford's Department of Computer Science, the relevant courses are Combinatorial Optimisation, Computational Complexity, Advanced Computational Complexity, and Probability and Computing.
Get in touch if you are interested in doing an undergraduate project, a master dissertation, or a PhD with me. I cannot take on interns (except for, occasionally, Oxford undergraduates) and thus generally do not respond to such requests. I'm happy to supervise highly motivated students with a strong background in theoretical computer science and/or (any branch of) mathematics in any area of in algorithms, discrete mathematics, or computational complexity.
I currently serve, among many other roles, as the Director of Teaching.
All my publications are available online.
My short CV is available here.
GRANTS
 ERC Consolidator Grant New Approaches to Approximability of Satisfiable Problems (NAASP), 20222027, €2.0M
 ERC Starting Grant Power of Algorithms in Discrete Optimisation (PowAlgDO), 20172022, €1.4M
 Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF), 20132021, £880K
SERVICE
Conferences Programme Committees

TCS:
ITCS'22,
MFCS'20,
STACS'20,
ISAAC'19,
ESA'19,
MFCS'18,
ICALP'18

AI:
CP'21 (SPC),
IJCAI'21 (SPC),
AAA'21,
IJCAIPRICAI'20,
AAAI'20,
IJCAI'19,
IJCAIECAI'18,
AAAI'18,
AAAI'17,
CP'17,
CP'16,
IJCAI'15,
CP'14,
CP'13,
DPCP'13,
IJCAI'13,
AAAI'12,
CP'12,
DPCP'12 (cochair),
SOFSEM'12,
AAAI'11,
CP'11,
DPCP'11,
IJCAI'11,
AAAI'10,
CP'10,
DPCP'10 (cochair),
DPCP'09
Journal Editorial
 Constraints, Editorial Board Member, since 2019
 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (PTA), Editorial Board Member, since 2019
 SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics (SIDMA), Associate Editor, since 2017
Organiser
 Dagstuhl Seminar 22201 The Constraint Satisfaction Problem: Complexity and Approximability, 2022 (with M. Grohe, V. Guruswami, and D. Marx)
 Early Career Researchers Workshop, European Computer Science Summit, 2021 (with E. Di Nitto)
 Dagstuhl Seminar 18231 The Constraint Satisfaction Problem: Complexity and Approximability, 2018 (with M. Grohe, V. Guruswami, and D. Marx)
 Doctoral Programme of CP 2012, 2012 (with M. Lombardi)
 Doctoral Programme of CP 2010, 2010 (with P. Nightingale)
 Oxford University Computer Science Student Conference, 2008 (with S. Faily)
Other
 Informatics Europe, Board Member, 20212022
 London Mathematical Society (LMS) Computer Science Committee, since 2019
 EurAI PhD Dissertation Award, Panel Member, 2019
 EPSRC Peer Review College, Member, since 2018
 ACP Doctoral Research Award, Panel Member, 2018
 Royal Society International Exchanges Committee, Panel Member, 20152020
SUPERVISION AND MENTORING
PhD Students
 TamioVesa Nakajima, since 2021
 Thomas Orton, since 2019 (with V. Kanade and R. Santhanam)
 Alexandre BrandtsLongtin, PhD 2022,
Promise constraint satisfaction problems
 Jacob Focke, PhD 2020 (with L. Goldberg),
On the complexity of counting homomorphisms under surjectivity constraints
(→ postdoc at CISPA/MPI, Germany)
 Peter Fulla, PhD 2018,
On the valued constraint satisfaction problem
(→ faculty at Chuo University, Japan)
 Andrius Vaicenavičius, 20142017 (with P. Jeavons and C. McDiarmid)
(→ transferred to pursue a PhD in applied AI)
Postdocs
 Lorenzo Ciardo, since 2020
 Caterina Viola, 20202022 (→ Charles University, Czechia)
 Jakub Opršal, 20212022 (→ IST Austria)
 Shuai Shao, 20202021 (→ University of Edinburgh, UK)
 Michael Kompatscher, 20202021 (→ Charles University, Czechia)
 Balázs Mezei, 20202021 (→ finance)
 Marcin Wrochna, 20182020 (→ University of Warsaw, Poland)
 Miguel Romero, 20172019 (→ Adolfo Ibañez University, Chile)
 Clément Carbonnel, 20172018 (→ CNRS, France)
BSc and MSc Students
 Jannik Kudla, MSc 2022 (distinction), Sparsification of submodular functions
 Costin Oncescu, MCompSci 2022 (distinction) (with J.F. Henriques), Neural network optimisation via generalised lookahead
 Jáchym Solecký, MMathCompSci 2021 (distinction), Minimum cut estimation using local queries
 Costin Oncescu, BA 2021 (distinction), Additive approximation of generalisations of submodular functions
 Eden Pelleg, MSc 2020 (distinction), Additive sparsification of graphs
 Yunus Ayidin, BA (distinction), 2020, Computational complexity of puzzles and games
 David Klambauer, MSc 2019 (distinction), On sparsifiability of twovariable CSPs
 Silvia Butti, MSc 2018 (distinction), On sparsifiability of valued CSPs
 Gregor Matl, MSc 2018 (distinction), On surjective and lowerbounded generalvalued CSPs
 Ragnar Groot Koerkamp, MSc 2017 (distinction), On rainbowfree colourings of uniform hypergraphs
 Andrius Vaicenavičius, MMath 2014, (Gibbs dissertation prize) (with P. Jeavons), A study of weighted clones
Research Internships
 Piotr Mitosek, internship funded by the RS, 2020 (with M. Wrochna)
 Joanna Ochremiak, internship funded by the EU, 2015
 Andrius Vaicenavičius, internship funded by the EPSRC, 2013 (with P. Jeavons)
College Lecturers
 Atılım Güneş Baydin, since 2021
 Matthias Lanzinger, since 2021
 Cristina Matache, 2020–2021
 Swaraj Dash, 20192021
 Matthew Katzman, 20192021
 Reino Niskanen, 20192020
TEACHING
Lectures
 Combinatorial Optimisation
 Probability and Computing
 Mathematics for Computer Scientists
 Algorithms for Constraint Satisfaction Problems
 Complexity of and Algorithms for Valued Constraint Satisfaction Problems
Classes
 Probability and Computing
 Computational Complexity
 Automata and Formal Languages
 Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
 Theory of Data and Knowledge Bases
 Randomised Algorithms
 Data Structures and Algorithms
 Functional Programming
 Introduction to Programming
Tutorials
 Models of Computation
 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
 Algorithms and Data Structures
 Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
 Linear Algebra
 Logic and Proof
 Discrete Mathematics
 Continuous Mathematics
 Functional programming
 Imperative Programming 1
 Imperative Programming 2
 Introduction to Formal Proof
 Object Oriented Programming
 Digital Systems
 Concurrency
Trivia
My official first name is Stanislav but I go by Standa /'stʌn.da/, which is a commonly used Czech variant/diminutive of Stanislav.
My last name Živný /'ʒiv.ni:/ has two diacritics called the caron
and acute
accent respectively; this can be achieved in LaTeX by \v{Z}ivn\'{y}.
For various reasons I try to minimise travel but you can always visit me (virtually) in Oxford.