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Jakub Mareček

Jakub received his bachelor and masters degrees from Masaryk University, in Brno, the Czech Republic, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K., in 2006, 2009, and 2012, respectively. He has worked in two start-ups, at ARM Ltd., at the University of Edinburgh, at the University of Toronto, at IBM Research -- Ireland, and at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently a faculty member at the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Czech Republic. He designs and analyses algorithms for optimisation and control problems across a range of application domains, including power systems, quantum computing, and robust statistics.

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List of pre-prints and publications

List of patents

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Supervisor of fabulous PhD students

Xiaoyu He (CTU)
Shenyuan Ma (CTU)
Jiri Nemecek (CTU)
Waqas Parvaiz (CTU)‍

Recent graduates from the lab

Antonio Bellon (CTU, now at the U of Augsburg)
Ramen Ghosh (UCD, now at the Atlantic Technological U)
Allahkaram Shafiei (CTU, now at the U of Salerno)
Quan Zhou (Imperial College London)

Mentor to the following post-docs

Johannes Aspman
Gilles Bareilles
Allan Gehret
Ales Wodecki

Recent graduates from the lab

Antonio Bellon (CTU, now at the U of Augsburg)
Ramen Ghosh (UCD, now at the Atlantic Technological U)
Allahkaram Shafiei (CTU, now at the U of Salerno)
Quan Zhou (Imperial College London)

Previously, I have worked with a number of excellent post-doctoral fellows:

  • Georgios Korpas, whose PhD was from the Trinity College Dublin (2019). Subsequent position: Research scientist at HSBC.
  • Libor Caha, whose PhD was from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (2021). Subsequent position: Post-doc at Technical University of Munich.
  • Philipp Haehnel, whose PhD was from the Trinity College Dublin (2018). Subsequent position: Post-doc at Harvard University.

Previously, I have also worked with a number of PhD students while at IBM Research.

  • Olivier Massicot at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2019-2020). Continues his PhD studies at UIUC.
  • Anna de Rosier at the University of Gdansk (2019–2020): Subsampling in Testing Non-Locality. Subsequent position: Post-doc at Maynooth University.
  • Cunlu Zhou at the University of Notre Dame (2018): Alternative Methods in Semidefinite Programming; Subsequent position: Post-doc at the University of Toronto
  • Jie Liu at the Lehigh University (2017–2018): Hybrid Methods for Polynomial Optimisation; Subsequent position: Research Scientist at Innopeak Technology
  • Jing Xu at the University of Pennsylvania (2017): Robust Parameter Estimation in Gaussian Mixture Models; Subsequent position: ML Engineer at Facebook (FAIR)
  • Alan Liddel at the University of Notre Dame (2016): Hybrid Methods for Polynomial Optimisation; Subsequent position: Software Engineering Manager at Path Robotics
  • Martin Takac at the University of Edinburgh (2014): First-Order Methods for Semidefinite Programming; Subsequent position: Tenured faculty associate professor at Lehigh University
  • Wann-Jiun Ma at the University of Notre Dame (2014): First-Order Methods for Semidefinite Programming; Subsequent position: Post-doc at Duke University
  • Tim McCoy at the University of Notre Dame (2013): Homotopy Methods in Power Systems; Subsequent position: Software engineer at Google
AutoFair (Human-Compatible AI with Guarantees)

AutoFair (Human-Compatible AI with Guarantees)

Horizon Europe project for fair AI algorithms supported by the EU with 3,8 million Euros. Imperial College London, the Israeli Institute of Technology Technion and the National and Capodistrian University of Athens as well as partners from the industry collaborate on developing explainable and transparent algorithms.

Research Results

Predictability and Fairness in Social Sensing

Predictability and Fairness in Social Sensing

The manner in which agents contribute to a social-computing platform (e.g., social sensing, social media) is often governed by distributed algorithms. We explore the guarantees available in situations, where fairness among the agents contributing to the platform is needed.

Warm-starting Quantum Optimization

Warm-starting Quantum Optimization

Many optimization problems in binary decision variables are hard to solve. In this work, we demonstrate how to leverage decades of research in classical optimization algorithms to warm-start quantum optimization algorithms. This allows the quantum algorithm to inherit the performance guarantees from the classical algorithm used in the warm-start.

Robotic bees as the future of a sustainable ecosystem

Robotic bees as the future of a sustainable ecosystem

Combating the mass extinction of bees through the implementation of microrobots in hives. This is the aim of the European RoboRoyale project, which involves biologists, roboticists and machine learning experts from the Czech Republic, Austria, Turkey and the UK. The Czech footprint in the project is provided by scientists and students from the Artificial Intelligence Center at FEE CTU, who are responsible for modelling the behaviour of bee colonies and controlling microrobots. How did the bees react to the robotic inhabitants of the hive? Why use machine learning for conservation? And how do beekeepers themselves approach the problem? Read in an interview with Associate Professor Tomáš Krajník from CTU.

Third Round of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Third Round of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Outstanding work deserves credit. We want to highlight the extraordinary work of our teachers and put their effort in the spotlight. Each semester, the AI Center will announce the "Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award" which comes with a prize money of 15 000 CZK. The winner will be awarded in April 2024.

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