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Microsoft Research (21. Oct – 16. Nov 2018) 
I am visiting Lin Xiao in Seattle for almost a month.

Informs annual meeting (3. Nov  – 7. Nov 2018)
I have attended Informs annual meeting in Phoenix. I have organized a session with the following speakers: Naman Agarwal and Majid Jahani. I will also give a talk on Accelerated Coordinate Descent with Arbitrary Sampling and Best Rates for Minibatches, (joint work with Peter Richtárik)

Paper accepted to NIPS 2018 Privacy Preserving Machine Learning workshop (31. Oct 2018) 
Title: A Privacy Preserving Randomized Gossip Algorithm via Controlled Noise Insertion, joint work with Jakub Konecny, Nicolas LoizouPeter Richtárik and Dmitry Grishenko

Paper accepted to AAAI (31. Oct 2018) 
Title: A Nonconvex Projection Method for Robust PCA, joint work with Aritra Dutta and Peter Richtárik

NIPS Travel award ($1500) (Oct 2018) 
I have received a travel award to attend NIPS (2-8 Oct 2018) in Montreal. 

2 papers accepted to NIPS 2018 (5. Sep 2018)
Title: SEGA: Variance Reduction via Gradient Sketching, joint work with Konstantin MishchenkoPeter Richtárik

Title: Accelerated Stochastic Matrix Inversion: General Theory and Speeding up BFGS Rules for Faster Second-Order Optimization, joint work with Robert Gower, Sebastian Stich and Peter Richtárik

Paper out (10. Aug 2018)
Title: Accelerated Bregman Proximal Gradient Methods for Relatively Smooth Convex Optimization, joint work with Peter Richtárik and Lin Xiao

Amazon Research (15. Jun – 30. Sep 2018)
I have done an internship with an Amazon research team in Berlin for 3.5 months, under Rodolphe Jenatton. It was also my pleasure to work with Matthias Seeger, Cedric Archambeau and others great researchers. 

3 papers out (May 2018)
Title: A Nonconvex Projection Method for Robust PCA, joint work with Aritra Dutta and Peter Richtárik
Title: Accelerated Coordinate Descent with Arbitrary Sampling and Best Rates for Minibatches, joint work with Peter Richtárik
Title: SEGA: Variance Reduction via Gradient Sketching, joint work with Konstantin MishchenkoPeter Richtárik

Microsoft Research (Mar 2018)
I am visiting Lin Xiao for a week. We are working on the following project: Accelerated Relative Gradient Descent

Informs conference on Optimization (Mar 2018)
I am attending Informs Optimization conference (Denver, CO) chairing one session. Talk title: Randomized and Accelerated Algorithms for Minimizing Relatively Smooth Functions.

New paper out (Mar 2018)
Title: Fastest Rates for Stochastic Mirror Descent, joint work with Peter Richtárik

New paper out (Feb 2018)
Title: Accelerated Stochastic Matrix Inversion: General Theory and Speeding up BFGS Rules for Faster Second-Order Optimization, joint work with Robert Gower, Sebastian Stich and Peter Richtárik

Optimization and Big Data (Feb 2018)
I am attending OBD conference, giving a short talk together with a poster presentation on the following topic: Randomized and Accelerated Algorithms for Minimizing Relatively Smooth Functions 

End of Semester (Dec 2017)
I have passed KAUST qualifying exams, consisting of the following courses: Probability and Statistics, Numerical Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations

OMS conference (Dec 2017)
I am attending Optimization Methods and Software conference on Cuba. I am co-organizing one minisymposium, and giving a talk on: Randomized and Accelerated Algorithms for Minimizing Relatively Smooth Functions 

Group Seminar (Sep 2017 – Jun 2018)
I am organizing a group seminar at KAUST jointly with Aritra Dutta and Peter Richtárik. 

KAUST (Sep 2017 – ???)
I am joining KAUST. Officially I am starting a fresh PhD, practically I am transferring my PhD from University of Edinburgh.