Sven Polak

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My research is in the intersection of discrete mathematics and optimization. I am interested in convex relaxations of hard optimization problems and in using algebraic techniques to reduce complexity in combinatorial, polynomial and semidefinite optimization. I am also interested in coding theory.


I am an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University, Department of Econometrics and Operations Research. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher with Monique Laurent at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in the Networks and Optimization group.

I obtained my PhD at the University of Amsterdam under supervision of Lex Schrijver, and my master from the University of Amsterdam. After my PhD, I worked for almost one year at ORTEC, the major Dutch optimization company.

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