Education Profile

  • ​PhD, Operations Research, Cornell University, 2007
  • MS, Operations Research, Cornell University. 2006
  • Mgr, Mathematics, Comenius University, Slovakia, Summa Cum Laude, rank #1, 2001
  • Bc, Management, Comenius University, Slovakia, Summa Cum Laude, rank #1, 2001
  • Bc, Mathematics, Comenius University, Slovakia, Summa Cum Laude, rank #1, 2000

Professional Profile

​Peter Richtarik is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at KAUST. He is an EPSRC Fellow in Mathematical Sciences, Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and is affiliated with the Visual Computing Center and the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST. Prof. Richtarik received his PhD from Cornell University in 2007, and then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Louvain, Belgium, before joining Edinburgh in 2009, and KAUST in 2017. His research interests lie at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, machine learning, optimization, numerical linear algebra, high performance computing and applied probability. Through his recent work on randomized decomposition algorithms (such as randomized coordinate descent methods, stochastic gradient descent methods and their numerous extensions, improvements and variants), he has contributed to the foundations of the emerging field of big data optimization, randomized numerical linear algebra, and stochastic methods for empirical risk minimization. Several of his papers attracted international awards, including the SIAM SIGEST Best Paper Award, the IMA Leslie Fox Prize (2nd prize, three times), and the INFORMS Computing Society Best Student Paper Award (sole runner up). Prof Richtarik is the founder and organizer of the "Optimization and Big Data" workshop series.​ He has given more than 150 research talks at conferences, workshops and seminars worldwide.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​The Alan Turing Institute (ATI)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS)
  • Edinburgh Mathematical Society (EMS)
  • Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INIMS)
  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
  • Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM)
  • Slovak Mathematical Society (SMS)


  • ​SIAM SIGEST Outstanding Paper Award, 2016
  • EUSA Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor Award (2nd Prize), 2016
  • Turing Fellow,  The Alan Turing Institute, 2016
  • EPSRC Fellow in Mathematical Sciences, 2016
  • Nominated for the Chancellor’s Rising Star Award, University of Edinburgh, 2014
  • Simons Institute Visiting Scientist Fellow, UC Berkeley, 2013
  • Nominated for the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, 2013
  • Nominated for the Innovative Teaching Award, University of Edinburgh, 2011 & 2012
  • Honorary Fellow, Heriot-Watt University, 2011
  • CORE Fellowship, Louvain, 2007
  • Cornell University Graduate Fellowship, 2002
  • Dean’s Prize and Rector’s Prize, Comenius University, 2001
  • Winner of Numerous Mathematical Olympiads and Competitions, 1992-1997

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​CS (Computer Science)
  • AMCS (Applied Mathematics & Computational Science)
  • ECRC (Extreme Computing Research Center)
  • VCC (Visual Computing Center)