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Dr. Matthias Poloczek

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Peter I. Frazier. My research is on algorithms in combinatorial optimization and decision-making under uncertainty. Specifically, I focus on algorithms that are fast in practice and provide provable performance guarantees.

I received my PhD from the Goethe-University Frankfurt in 2013, advised by Georg Schnitger. Then I joined Cornell University to work with Professor David P. Williamson, funded by a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2014 and 2015.

My work in optimal learning aims to optimally trade-off exploration vs. exploitation for sequential decision making under uncertainty. In particular, I develop Bayesian optimization algorithms for simulation optimization and the design of experiments with applications in aerospace engineering, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, and medicine.
My research also deals with approximation algorithms for combinatorial problems that allow very fast implementations and thus scale to large data. Often these are randomized greedy algorithms. Moreover, I investigate the inherent limitations of the greedy paradigm, i.e. the price of making decisions myopically.

At SIAM CSE17 I will be a guide in the Sustainable Horizons program for underrepresented groups. Please feel free to contact me if you want to join my group.


Contact Information

Matthias Poloczek
Cornell University
272 Rhodes Hall
136 Hoy Road
Ithaca, NY 14853