Jakob Spooner

PhD student / Graduate Teaching Assistant


I am a first year PhD student (and Graduate Teaching Assistant), working within the Department of Informatics at the University of Leicester. My studies will be conducted under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Erlebach. I received a BSc in Computer Networks from the University of Derby in 2016, and an MSc in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Leicester in 2017.

Broadly, my research interests fall under the categories of Algorithms, Graph theory and Combinatorial Optimisation. More specifically, I hope to identify, classify (in terms of computational complexity), and, where possible, specify efficient algorithms for, combinatorial optimisation problems defined on so-called 'temporal graphs'; such graphs are a relatively new area of interest within algorithmic graph theory, and incorporate a notion of time-variance into the edge-set of classical static graph models.


As a GTA, I have held (or am to hold) teaching responsibilities for the following BSc/MSc modules:

CO1005 Data Structures and Development Environments (now CO1107)
CO1012 Discrete Structures (now CO1103)
CO1097 Internet Computing (now CO1101)
CO1101 Computing Fundamentals
CO1103 Mathematics Fundamentals
CO1107 Algorithms, Data Structures and Advanced Programming
CO1961 Understanding and Using Statistical Information
CO2012 Software Project Management and Professionalism
CO7101 Java and Databases for Bioinformatics

I also mark coursework submissions from `sandwich degree' students, who have finished their second year of studies and are sitting the 'Undergraduate Industrial Placement' module as part of their year in industry. Additionally, during term time, I hold a once-weekly, one-hour `help-desk' type session in CW301 - as is required by GTAs working within the department.


As of early 2019, I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


Erlebach, T. and Spooner, J.T., 2018. Faster Exploration of Degree-Bounded Temporal Graphs. In 43rd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2018). Schloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik.

Erlebach, T., Kammer, F., Luo, K., Sajenko, A., & Spooner, J. T. (2019). Two Moves per Time Step Make a Difference. In 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019). Schloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik.

Contact details

G3 Informatics Building
Department of Informatics,
University of Leicester,
University Road,
LE1 7RH.

T: +44 (0)116 252 5243
F: +44 (0)116 252 3604
E: jts21 at le dot ac dot uk

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Admissions Enquiries:
BSc: +44 (0) 116 252 5280
MSc: +44 (0) 116 252 2265
E: BSc  seadmissions@le.ac.uk
E: MSc  pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Departmental Enquiries:
T: +44 (0) 116 252 2129/3887
F: +44 (0) 116 252 3604
E: csadmin@mcs.le.ac.uk

Dept of Informatics
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom


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