Teaching and Popularization
Lenka Zdeborová

PhD thesis / stage / postdoc

  • I am always interested in working with bright students and/or postdocs. If you would like to work in my group send me an e-mail, and if I find your motivations and background strong, relevant and interesting, I will contact you to talk about the possibilities.
  • Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
    • Neural networks, theory and algorithms for deep learning, representation learning.
    • Statistical physics of sparse estimation, matrix factorization, dictionary learning.
    • Inference on networks, influence maximization.

Older stuff:

Physics competitions

  • FyKoS (Physical Correspondence Seminar), at MFF UK Prague. If you are a secondary school student interested in physics visit FyKoS homepage. FyKoS is a Physical Correspondence Seminar for secondary schools organized by students of MFF UK in Prague. During my secondary school study I participated myself and it made my enthusiasm to study physics flourish. As an undergraduate student I was one of the main organizers of FyKoS. I also wrote a paper (pdf, in czech) to Skolska Fyzika (Physics at school) advertising the FyKoS seminar. In any case, check the almanac presenting the best FyKoS problem in the last ten years: rocenka Fykosu, rocnik 11-20 (pdf, in czech).

  • Physical Olympiad A prestigious physics competition for secondary school students is the Physical Olympiad. I used to be a member of the Central Committee. Together with B. Vybiral I wrote two study texts for FO, you can find them for example here . During my secondary school study I was quite successful in Physical Olympiad. In 1999 I was third in the national round in Chrudim and after that I was a member of Czech national team at XXX international Physics Olympiad in Padova in Italy where I won the bronze medal and I was the third girl in absolute order ;). Even some newspaper wrote about us.

Popularization of science

  • One day in summer 2004 while hiking in a forest in Corsica I learned that the number of spirals on a pine-cone is a Fibonacci number and I decided to spread the knowledge about this wonderful phenomenon (called Phyllotaxy) in a series of popular seminars, lectures and papers. One presentation can be downloaded here (pdf) and a paper published in a journal for secondary school students and teachers Rozhledy matematicko-fyzikalni can be downloaded here (pdf, in czech).

  • A popularization paper about the glassy behavior of the difficult optimization problems for a special issue of the "Ceskoslovensky casopis pro fyziku" is here (pdf, in czech).


Last Modification March, 2020