Scientific interests

  • theoretical quantum optics, quantum information, geometry of quantum states
  • data science, complex systems, mathematical modeling in psychology, cognitive science, social networks, data mining
  • teaching gifted individuals (didactics, not research)

I have an interdisciplinary approach to science. For me a project must be interesting; I don't care if it belongs to one discipline or another (as long I have skills to solve it)… and I was quite surprised to learn that such approach is unusual in academia.

Current status: PhD in Theoretical Quantum Optics at ICFO (under prof. Maciej Lewenstein)

Currently working on

(Except for things mentioned in my recent publications)

  • Comparing arXiv math and MathOverflow
  • Analyzing data from Polish end-of-high-school exams (Matura)
  • Analyzing data of 1M 'set!s' from SET (a card game) - (data mining, mathematical cognitive psychology)
  • Finding objective difficulties of university courses (data mining, complex networks)

Older research projects or links


Piotr Migdal's citations

(the most recent list is on my Mendeley profile, see also

Conference posters

Various (some in Polish)

(not a complete list)

  • P. Migdał, Quantum superposition - a guest post to John Baez's Azimuth blog (2015)
  • P. Migdał, Two heads are better than one. How about more? - a quest post to Theory, Evolution, and Games Group blog (2014)
  • M. Kotowski, M. Kotowski, P. Marczewski, P. Migdał
    An independent camp for high school geeks - on teaching gifted kids, bootstrapping an event and an informal atmosphere (2012).
  • M. Kotowski, P. Migdał
    Open Science and Science 2.0 - on new ways of doing science, collaboration and sharing discoveries (2012).
  • P. Migdał, S. Krawczyk
    Zespół Aspergera, nauki ścisłe i kultura nerdów (Asperger Syndrome, Hard Science and Nerd Culture), (2010), preprint available at my Mendeley account
  • P. Migdał
    Szczypta magii w każdym promyku – o polaryzacji światła (A bit of magic in every ray - about the polarization of light), III Sylwestrowe Warsztaty Naukowe, 65-67 (2010), pdf (a popular science article)
  • M. Kotowski, M. Kotowski, P. Migdał, K. Sołtys
    Drogowskaz Pasjonata, czyli jak rozwijać się w szkole i w trakcie studiów (Guidelines for the Curious - how to develop oneself during high school and university years), (2010), html (a collection of advice)
  • P. Migdał
    Mafia, zdradziecka parzystość oraz pi (Mafia, treacherous parity and pi), Delta - miesięcznik popularnonaukowy, 14-15, 07/2010, pdf (a short popular science article)
  • P. Migdał
    Zapaleńcy i Wypaleńcy, czyli rzecz o utracie pasji w trakcie studiów (Flames of passion… and of burnout, or: about loss of motivation during studies), (2010), html (an essay)
  • P. Migdał
    Matematyczny model gry w mafię (A mathematical model of the mafia game), Bachelor's Thesis, Faculty of Mathematics Informatics and Mechanics at the University of Warsaw (2009), pdf
  • eds: M. Zientkiewicz, P. Migdał, M. Nowaczyk, M. Pomorski, B. Szczygieł
    VII Ogólnopolska Sesja Kół Naukowych Fizyków - publikacja pokonferencyjna (7th Polish Physics Students' Societies Conference - proceedings), ISBN: 978-83-61026-05-1, (2009) (132 pages, 10 reviewed papers)
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