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Dr Fayyaz Minhas joins the department as an Assistant Professor

Dr Fayyaz Minhas has recently joined the department as an Assistant Professor. He will be associated with the Tissue Image Analytics (TIA) lab in the Applied Computing division, and will also be working closely on the PathLAKE project.

Mon 14 Oct 2019, 09:18 | Tags: People

Dr. Igor Carboni Oliveira joins the Department as a new Assistant Professor

Dr. Igor Carboni OliveiraThe Department is welcoming our new Assistant Professor, Dr. Igor Carboni Oliveira, who will be associated with the Division of Theory and Foundations (FoCS) and the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (DIMAP).

Before joining Warwick, Igor held postdoctoral positions at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and at the School of Mathematics at Charles University in Prague, and was a research fellow at UC Berkeley's Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2015. He is also Royal Society University Research Fellow 2019.

His research is primarily focused on the limitations of algorithms and computations, with connections to combinatorics and mathematical logic. For more information about his work and interests, please see his web page at 

Wed 09 Oct 2019, 12:48 | Tags: People Research

MRC funding success for Dr Yulia Timofeeva

Dr Yulia TimofeevaWe are happy to announce that Dr Yulia Timofeeva from the department's Applied Computing research theme has been awarded a Medical Research Council grant to develop a modelling framework and computational tools for studying synaptic transmitter release in health and disease. The £475K project will run in close collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Kirill Volynski at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology as well as other world-leading experimental laboratories in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan, specialising in state-of-the-art research in synaptic transmission.

Sun 06 Oct 2019, 17:38 | Tags: People Grants Research

EPSRC funding success for Dr Sayan Bhattacharya

Dr Sayan BhattacharyaWe are pleased to report that Dr Sayan Bhattacharya from the Theory and Foundations research theme at the Computer Science Department has received an EPSRC New Investigator Award. This will allow him to lead a research project on the theory and applications of dynamic algorithms. The approximately £250K project will aim to develop new techniques to design algorithms for fundamental optimisation problems in a setting where the input data changes over time.

The proposal was ranked top at its funding prioritisation panel, and the reviewers said:

The intended research explorations are of very high quality and will likely make a substantial impact on the research community; and possibly on the industrial sector.
Fri 04 Oct 2019, 19:48 | Tags: People Grants Research

The department's new Student Experience staff team

Adam AlcockDr Ramanujan SridharanDr Sara KalvalaMaking sure that our students have a high-quality experience in the department will be a top priority for Dr Sara Kalvala, Dr Ramanujan Sridharan and Adam Alcock. They will work with our students, the department's academic and professional services staff, and colleagues in the wider university to address issues, make improvements, and develop initiatives that will improve students' satisfaction and benefit their future careers.

Sun 29 Sep 2019, 18:47 | Tags: People Courses Undergraduate

Senior Teaching Fellow and two Teaching Fellows join the department

Dr Ian SaundersDr Jonathan FossJames AtkinsonWe are happy to welcome to the department Dr Ian Saunders as a new Senior Teaching Fellow, and Dr Jonathan Foss and James Atkinson as new Teaching Fellows. In addition to all being accomplished scholars and teachers, Ian brings us a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, Jonny has expertise in working with industry in an interdisciplinary context, and James has recently won a prestigious Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach. Professor Ranko Lazic, the head of department, has commented:

We are looking forward to the exciting enhancements that Ian, Jonny and James will be making to the department's teaching and learning, to the lasting benefit of our students.

Sun 29 Sep 2019, 18:32 | Tags: People Jobs and studentships Undergraduate

Seven papers accepted to the 31st SODA

SODA 2020 logoWe are pleased to report that members of the department's Theory and Foundations research theme have had 7 papers accepted to the 31st Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, January 5-8, 2020. SODA is the premier international conference on algorithms research, and the papers are:

  • Parameterized Complexity and Approximability of Directed Odd Cycle Transversal by M. S. Ramanujan, Daniel Lokshtanov, Saket Saurabh, Meirav Zehavi
  • An Improved Algorithm for Incremental Cycle Detection and Topological Ordering in Sparse Graphs by Sayan Bhattacharya, Janardhan Kulkarni
  • Coarse-Grained Complexity for Dynamic Algorithms by Sayan Bhattacharya, Danupon Nanongkai, Thatchaphol Saranurak
  • Combinatorial Generation via Permutation Languages by Elizabeth Hartung, Hung P. Hoang, Torsten Mütze, Aaron Williams
  • On the Power of Relaxed Local Decoding Algorithms by Tom Gur, Oded Lachish
  • Relaxed Locally Correctable Codes with Nearly-Linear Block Length and Constant Query Complexity by Alessandro Chiesa, Tom Gur, Igor Shinkar
  • Sublinear time approximation of the cost of a metric k-nearest neighbor graph by Artur Czumaj, Christian Sohler
Wed 25 Sep 2019, 17:54 | Tags: People Conferences Research

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