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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave, Office E18-425G
Cambridge, MA 02139

Skype: kaiekubjas
E-mail: kaie.kubjas@aalto.fi, kkubjas@mit.edu

About me

I am a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at Aalto University (on leave). In 2017-2018, I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at MIT LIDS and IDSS hosted by Caroline Uhler, and in 2018-2019, I will be a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Sorbonne Université PolSys Team hosted by Mohab Safey El Din.

In 2014-2016, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto Science Institute. In 2014, I spent a semester at the Simons Institute in Berkeley attending the program "Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry". In 2013, I spent a semester at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn mentored by Bernd Sturmfels. I defended my PhD thesis "Algebraic and combinatorial aspects of group-based models" in May 2013 at Freie Universität Berlin. My supervisors were Christian Haase and Klaus Altmann. I was a member of Berlin Mathematical School

My research interests are in applied algebraic geometry, and in particular in algebraic statistics. I am also interested in connections to phylogenetics, optimization, polyhedral geometry and combinatorics.

I wrote a research vignette for the Simons Institute newsletter.


  • Speaking at the Meeting on Applied Algebraic Geometry at Georgia Tech on April 7, 2018
  • Speaking at the Algebra seminar at Georgia Tech on April 9, 2018
  • Speaking at the Discrete Math seminar at UMass Amherst on April 12, 2018
  • Co-organizing a Special Session on Algebraic Statistics at the AMS Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting at the Northeastern University on April 21-22, 2018 (with Elina Robeva)
  • Speaking at the Geometry, Combinatorics and Integrable Systems seminar at Ohio State on April 26, 2018
  • Speaking at SIAM Annual Meeting in Portland on July 9-13, 2018
  • Speaking at the Meeting on Applied Algebra and Geometry in Swansea University on September 10, 2018
  • Attending AIM Workshop on Boltzmann Machines in San Jose, CA on September 17-21, 2018
  • Speaking at "Celebration of Mathematics: 150 years of the Finnish Mathematical Society" in Helsinki on November 30-December 2, 2018
  • Speaking at the Meeting on Applied Algebraic Geometry in Bristol on December 12-14, 2018