School of Mathematical Sciences

Dr Justin Ward

Justin

Lecturer in Optimisation/Operations Research

Email: justin.ward@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 5065
Room Number: Mathematical Sciences Building, Room: MB-126
Website: http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~jward/
Office Hours: Thursday 2:00PM-4:00PM And by appointment

Profile

Justin Ward is a Lecturer in Optimisation and Operational Research in the School of Mathematics.  He specialises in the theory of computing and the design and analysis of algorithms for discrete optimisation problems.  His research focuses on obtaining approximation algorithms with provable guarantees for computationally hard optimisation problems.
Justin holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto.  Before joining Queen Mary, he worked as a research fellow in the Department of Computer Science and the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Warwick, and as a research scientist in the Theory of Computing Laboratory at EPFL.

Research

Publications

  • Ahmadian S, Norouzi-Fard A, Svensson O et al. (2017). Better Guarantees for k-Means and Euclidean k-Median by Primal-Dual Algorithms 58th IEEE Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2017, Berkeley, CA, USA, October 15-17, 2017.
  • Sviridenko M, Vondrák J, Ward J (2017). Optimal Approximation for Submodular and Supermodular Optimization with Bounded Curvature Mathematics of Operations Research.
  • Barbosa RDP, Ene A, Nguyen HL et al. (2016). A New Framework for Distributed Submodular Maximization IEEE 57th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2016, 9-11 October 2016, Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
  • Ward J, Zivny S (2016). Maximizing k-Submodular Functions and Beyond ACM Trans. Algorithms.
  • Adamczyk M, Sviridenko M, Ward J (2016). Submodular Stochastic Probing on Matroids Math. Oper. Res..
  • Sviridenko M, Vondrák J, Ward J (2015). Optimal approximation for submodular and supermodular optimization with bounded curvature Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2015, San Diego, CA, USA, January 4-6, 2015.
  • Barbosa RDP, Ene A, Nguyen HL et al. (2015). The Power of Randomization: Distributed Submodular Maximization on Massive Datasets Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2015, Lille, France, 6-11 July 2015.
  • Ward J, Zivny S (2014). Maximizing Bisubmodular and k-Submodular Functions Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA, January 5-7, 2014.
  • Filmus Y, Ward J (2014). Monotone Submodular Maximization over a Matroid via Non-Oblivious Local Search SIAM J. Comput..
  • Adamczyk M, Sviridenko M, Ward J (2014). Submodular Stochastic Probing on Matroids 31st International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2014), STACS 2014, March 5-8, 2014, Lyon, France.
  • Sviridenko M, Ward J (2013). Large Neighborhood Local Search for the Maximum Set Packing Problem Automata, Languages, and Programming - 40th International Colloquium, ICALP 2013, Riga, Latvia, July 8-12, 2013, Proceedings, Part I.
  • Filmus Y, Ward J (2012). A Tight Combinatorial Algorithm for Submodular Maximization Subject to a Matroid Constraint 53rd Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2012, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, October 20-23, 2012.
  • Filmus Y, Ward J (2012). The Power of Local Search: Maximum Coverage over a Matroid 29th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science, STACS 2012, February 29th - March 3rd, 2012, Paris, France.
  • Feldman M, Naor J, Schwartz R et al. (2011). Improved Approximations for k-Exchange Systems - (Extended Abstract) Algorithms - ESA 2011 - 19th Annual European Symposium, Saarbrücken, Germany, September 5-9, 2011. Proceedings.
  • Ward J, Kimmell G, Alexander P (2005). Prufrock: a framework for constructing polytypic theorem provers 20th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2005), November 7-11, 2005, Long Beach, CA, USA.