Portrait of Jan Maly

About me

I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Data, Process and Knowledge Management (DPKM) of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and a postdoctoral researcher in the Database and Artificial Intelligence Group (DBAI) of TU Wien.

For my research, I have recently focused on my project “A holistic analysis of participatory budgeting” for which I was granted a Erwin Schr√∂dinger Fellowship by the FWF. In this project, I wanted to explore Participatory Budgeting not as an isolated voting instance, but as a multi-year, city-wide process that consists of several stages. From September 2021 to April 2023, I worked on the project at the University of Amsterdam as a member of the COMSOC Group of Ulle Endriss. From May 2023 to May 2024, I was working on the project at TU Wien as a member of DBAI.

Apart from that, I work mainly in the fields of Computational Social Choice (COMSOC), Logic and Knowledge Representation. In general, I am interested in studying and developing tools that help people make better decision, individually or as a group. In particular, I currently work on non-standard voting frameworks such as Participatory Budgeting and Perpetual Voting, on the representation of preferences, and on computational complexity questions that arise in COMSOC and logic.

Besides my research work, I am also the co-founder of the European Digital Democracy network, which aims to bring together academics and practitioners actively working on or with digital democracy. It was an honor to co-organize the first in-person conference of the Network in April 2024, which brought together more than sixty scientists and practitioners for three exciting days in Rotterdam.

Finally, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to co-supervise the PhD thesis of the brilliant Simon Rey and the equally brilliant Michael Bernreiter.

More details can be found in my CV.