Ahad N. Zehmakan



I am a (tenure-track) Lecturer (US/Europe-equivalent: Assistant Professor) of Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU) since July 2022. I received my PhD degree in 2020 from ETH Zurich, where I was fortunate to work in the Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms Group under the supervision of Bernd Gärtner. Afterwards, I spent one more year at ETH as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Theoretical Computer Science. Finally before joining ANU, I had the opportunity to contribute to the SCION secure Internet architecture by working with the ETH spin-off, Anapaya Systems, and collaborating with the Network Security Group at ETH.

Research Interests

  • Agent-Bsed Models
  • Social Networks
  • Graph and Randomized Algorithms
  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Markov Chains
  • Network Security


I am actively looking for motivated PhD students. If you are interested in doing your PhD under my supervision, please send me a copy of your CV and your bachelor/master transcripts.

If you are an ANU bachelor or master student and are interested in doing research with me, please feel free to contact me about available research projects. Below, you can find some example projects:

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