Michał Kotowski


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

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I am a research assistant at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics, University of Warsaw.

Previously (2017-2018) I was a postdoctoral fellow (in the Concentration of Measure project) at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics, University of Warsaw and before that (2016-2017) a WCMCS postdoctoral fellow at the same department.

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.

Before that (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 September 2018).

Research interests

My main research interests are stochastic processes on graphs and groups. I have worked on random walks on groups, cycle structure of random permutations, 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.


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.


Teaching (in Polish)

Rachunek prawdopodobieństwa, semestr letni 2018/2019

Analiza matematyczna I.1, semestr zimowy 2018/2019
Wprowadzenie do matematyki I (kognitywistyka), semestr zimowy 2018/2019
Analiza matematyczna I.2, semestr letni 2016/2017
Analiza matematyczna I.1, semestr zimowy 2016/2017

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, paratheatre (in the spirit of Grotowski) etc. You can find out more on my personal webpage.