Portrait of Jan Maly



Announcing the first in-person conference of the EDDY Network on Digital Democracy

After a successful series of online events, EDDY is proud to announce its first in-person conference, ‘Digital Democracy: Bridging Theory and Practice’, taking place at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from Tuesday 9 April to Thursday 11 April 2024. The conference will feature contributed talks, a variety of social and interactive sessions (networking, round-table discussions,demo sessions etc.), and both academic and non-academic keynote speakers. We are opening two tracks for selected contributions at the conference: the talks track and the demos track. If you are an academic or a practitioner whose work is related to digital democracy, we invite you to submit a one-page description/abstract by 1 February 2024 to either of our tracks.

New Survey on PB

Together with Simon Rey, I co-authored an extensive survey on Participatory Budgeting that reviews all available literature on Participatory Budgeting as a social choice problem. The survey can be found on arXiv. The survey is intended to be a living document that we update regularly, so we are happy about any feedback!


About me

I am currently pursuing my project “A holistic analysis of participatory budgeting” for which I was granted a Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship by the FWF. In this project, I want 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 am 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. Finally, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to co-supervise the PhD thesis of the brilliant Simon Rey and I am currently co-supervising the equally brilliant Michael Bernreiter.

More details can be found in my CV.