Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pokutta

Vice President
Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)

Professor for
Optimization and Machine Learning
Mathematics and EECS (courtesy)
Technische Universität Berlin

Recent Papers.

  1. Deza, A., Onn, S., Pokutta, S., and Pournin, L. (2024). Kissing polytopes. To Appear in SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics. [arXiv]
  2. Wirth, E., Besançon, M., and Pokutta, S. (2024). The Pivoting Framework: Frank-Wolfe Algorithms with Active Set Size Control. Preprint. [arXiv]
  3. Wirth, E., Peña, J., and Pokutta, S. (2024). Fast Convergence of Frank-Wolfe algorithms on polytopes. Preprint. [arXiv]
  4. Mundinger, K., Pokutta, S., Spiegel, C., and Zimmer, M. (2024). Extending the Continuum of Six-Colorings. Geombinatorics Quarterly. [arXiv] [slides]
  5. Martinez-Rubio, D., Roux, C., and Pokutta, S. (2024). Convergence and Trade-Offs in Riemannian Gradient Descent and Riemannian Proximal Point. To Appear in Proceedings of ICML. [arXiv]
  6. Pauls, J., Zimmer, M., Kelly, U. M., Schwartz, M., Saatchi, S., Ciais, P., Pokutta, S., Brandt, M., and Gieseke, F. (2024). Estimating Canopy Height at Scale. To Appear in Proceedings of ICML. [arXiv] [code]
  7. Kiem, A., Pokutta, S., and Spiegel, C. (2024). Categorification of Flag Algebras. Proceedings of Discrete Mathematics Days. [arXiv]
  8. Hendrych, D., Besançon, M., and Pokutta, S. (2024). Solving the Optimal Experiment Design Problem with Mixed-Integer Convex Methods. Proceedings of Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (LIPIcs). [PDF] [arXiv] [code]
  9. Mundinger, K., Zimmer, M., and Pokutta, S. (2024). Neural Parameter Regression for Explicit Representations of PDE Solution Operators. To Appear in AI4DiffEqtnsInSci @ ICLR 2024 Workshop. [arXiv] [slides] [poster]
  10. Roux, C., Zimmer, M., and Pokutta, S. (2024). On the Byzantine-Resilience of Distillation-Based Federated Learning. Preprint. [arXiv]
  11. Designolle, S., Vértesi, T., and Pokutta, S. (2024). Symmetric multipartite Bell inequalities via Frank-Wolfe algorithms. Physical Review A, 109(2). [PDF] [arXiv]
  12. Wäldchen, S., Sharma, K., Turan, B., Zimmer, M., and Pokutta, S. (2024). Interpretability Guarantees with Merlin-Arthur Classifiers. To Appear in Proceedings of AISTATS. [arXiv]
  13. Pokutta, S. (2024). The Frank-Wolfe algorithm: a short introduction. Jahresbericht Der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung, 126, 3–35. [PDF] [arXiv]
  14. Zimmer, M., Spiegel, C., and Pokutta, S. (2024). Sparse Model Soups: A Recipe for Improved Pruning via Model Averaging. To Appear in Proceedings of ICLR. [arXiv]
  15. Abbas, A., Ambainis, A., Augustino, B., Bärtschi, A., Buhrman, H., Coffrin, C., Cortiana, G., Dunjko, V., Egger, D. J., Elmegreen, B. G., Franco, N., Fratini, F., Fuller, B., Gacon, J., Gonciulea, C., Gribling, S., Gupta, S., Hadfield, S., Heese, R., … Zoufal, C. (2023). Quantum Optimization: Potential, Challenges, and the Path Forward. Preprint. [arXiv]
  16. Zimmer, M., Andoni, M., Spiegel, C., and Pokutta, S. (2023). PERP: Rethinking the Prune-Retrain Paradigm in the Era of LLMs. Preprint. [arXiv] [code]
  17. Kiem, A., Pokutta, S., and Spiegel, C. (2023). The Four-Color Ramsey Multiplicity of Triangles. Preprint. [arXiv] [code]
  18. Sadiku, S., Wagner, M., and Pokutta, S. (2023). Group-wise Sparse and Explainable Adversarial Attacks. Preprint. [arXiv]
  19. Wirth, E., Peña, J., and Pokutta, S. (2023). Accelerated Affine-Invariant Convergence Rates of the Frank-Wolfe Algorithm with Open-Loop Step-Sizes. Preprint. [arXiv]
  20. Stengl, M., Gelß, P., Klus, S., and Pokutta, S. (2023). Existence and Uniqueness of Solutions of the Koopman–von Neumann Equation on Bounded Domains. Preprint. [arXiv]
  21. Braun, G., Carderera, A., Combettes, C. W., Hassani, H., Karbasi, A., Mokthari, A., and Pokutta, S. (2022). Conditional Gradient Methods. Preprint. [arXiv]

Select Recent Talks and Teaching.

Recent Blog Posts.


  • 01/2024: The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024.
  • 05/2023: Received Gödel Prize together with Samuel Fiorini, Serge Massar, Hans Raj Tiwary, Ronald de Wolf, and Thomas Rothvoss.
  • 05/2023: We are organizing the fifth conference on “Discrete Optimization and Machine Learning” in Aug 2023 at GRIPS in Tokyo.
  • 02/2023: We are organizing a Thematic Einstein Semester on “Mathematical Optimization for Machine Learning” within the Math+ Cluster of Excellence. The semester consists of various activities throughout the semester with three workshops, a conference, and a summer school as some of the highlights. We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!
  • 11/2022: We finished our monograph on Frank-Wolfe methods a.k.a. Conditional Gradients. [arxiv] [webpage] [blog]