Hang Zhou

Tenured Assistant Professor with Habilitation

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I am a tenured assistant professor in the Computer Science department at the École Polytechnique. My research is mainly on combinatorial optimization, graph algorithms, and operations research.

I obtained my habilitation in 2022. Committee members: Nikhil Bansal (reviewer), Benjamin Doerr, Marc Lelarge (president), Claire Mathieu, Kurt Mehlhorn (reviewer), Thomas Sauerwald, and Jens Vygen (reviewer).

I received my PhD degree from the École Normale Supérieure de Paris. I was very fortunate to have Claire Mathieu as my PhD advisor. Afterwards, I spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Germany. I was very lucky to be hosted by Kurt Mehlhorn.

I received the Lise Meitner Award for excellent women in computer science.

Between 2017 and 2022, I was the coach of the École Polytechnique team that won the championship and eight medals in European programming competitions (ICPC SWERC) and twice advanced to the World Finals.

I was a member of the program committee of SIAM SOSA 2023.


I have the pleasure to advice and learn from the following students:

    • Ernest van Wijland (Master, ENS Paris), 2023.
    • Noé Weeks (Master, ENS Paris), 2023.
    • Pedro Cabral (Bachelor, Polytechnique), 2022.
    • Marc Dufay (Master, Polytechnique), 2022. Research internship award from the Académie des Sciences.
      Co-advised with Claire Mathieu.
    • Khanh Nguyen (Bachelor, Polytechnique), 2021.
    • Antoine Stark (Master, Polytechnique), 2021.