Michał Kotowski

michal@math.toronto.edu

Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics, University of Warsaw

office: 1670

I am a WCMCS postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics, University of Warsaw (since 2016).

I finished my PhD at the Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto in 2016. My advisor was Bálint Virág. You can take a look at my thesis here.

Previously (2006-2011) I studied mathematics, physics and computer science at the University of Warsaw, where I obtained my M. Sc. degree in mathematics at Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics (my advisor was Piotr Przytycki).

CV (updated October 2016).

Research interests

My main research interests are stochastic processes on graphs and groups. I have worked on random walks on groups, large deviations for random permutations and random groups.

More generally, I am also interested in spectral properties of various objects, random discrete structures (like random graphs) and any applications of probabilistic, combinatorial and quantitative techniques to geometry, group theory, theoretical computer science and models coming from statistical physics.

Publications

Expository and popular articles

Education and teaching gifted students

I am very passionate about teaching talented high school students and exposition of science. You can read more about the initiatives I've been involved in here.

Notes

Teaching (in Polish)

Analiza matematyczna I.1, semestr zimowy 2016

How to pronounce my name

My name is pronounced [ˈmʲixaw kɔˈtɔfskʲi] (IPA) or like "me-how kotovsky" ("ł" is pronounced like "w" in English).

Personal webpage

Apart from mathematics, I am interested, among other things, in music, photography, mountain hiking, teaching gifted students, contact improvisation, free improvisation etc. You can find out more on my personal webpage.