Michał Kotowski


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

ul. Banacha 2
02-097 Warszawa

office: 5200

I am an assistant professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics, University of Warsaw.

Previously (2019-2022) I worked at the Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IMPAN) and before that at my current department, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics (2016-2019).

I finished my PhD at the Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto in 2016. My advisor was Bálint Virág.

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 January 2023).

Research interests

My main research interests are related to stochastic processes on graphs and groups, asymptotic properties of random structures and their relation to statistical physics.

My current focus is on the cycle structure of various models of random permutations. I have also worked on random walks on groups, concentration inequalities, large deviations for random permutations and random groups.


Expository and popular articles

Teaching (in Polish)

Rachunek prawdopodobieństwa II, semestr zimowy 2023/2024
Analiza matematyczna I.1, semestr zimowy 2023/2024

Probability on graphs, summer term 2019/2020
Analiza matematyczna II.1, semestr zimowy 2019/2020
Funkcje analityczne, semestr zimowy 2019/2020
Rachunek prawdopodobieństwa I, 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

Education and teaching gifted students

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

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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 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.