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Dr Simone Linz

MSc, PhD


Simone Linz is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland and an Associate Investigator of Te P┼źnaha Matatini - The Centre for Complex Systems and Networks (CoRE).

Prior to joining the University of Auckland, she was a Marie Curie Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury and in the Center for Bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen, funded by a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship and awarded by the European Commission.

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Research | Current

Mathematical and computational biology; in particular algorithmic and combinatorial problems arising in phylogenetics, i.e. the reconstruction and analysis of evolutionary trees and networks.

Teaching | Current

2020 S1 COMPSCI 720

2120 S2 COMPSCI 220

All teaching material is available on Canvas.

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students:

  • Nguyet Tran (as co-supervisor)

Completed PhD stduents:

  • Jonathan Klawitter (as senior supervisor)
  • Paul Cordue (as associate supervisor, University of Canterbury)


2019 Co-organizer of a Dagstuhl Seminar on Algorithms and Complexity in Phylogenetics (proposal accepted 02/2019). Co-organizers: Prof. Magnus Bordewich (Durham, UK), Dr Britta Dorn (Tübingen, Germany), and Prof. Rolf Niedermeier (Berlin, Germany). Final Report: here.

2015 Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant (PI) for three years, awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

2015 Selected participant of the year-long Women in Leadership Programme 2016 at the University of Auckland.

2011 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship for three years, awarded by the European Commission.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

School of Computer Science (current only):

  • Deputy Head of School (Academic), since 02/2020
  • Executive Committee, since 02/2020
  • Academic Committee, since 2017 (in various roles including chair since 02/2020)

Faculty of Science (current only):

  • Pacific Reference Group, since 02/2020

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Linz, S., & Semple, C. (2020). Caterpillars on three and four leaves are sufficient to reconstruct binary normal networks. Journal of mathematical biology, 81 (4-5), 961-980. 10.1007/s00285-020-01533-7
  • Kelk, S., & Linz, S. (2020). New Reduction Rules for the Tree Bisection and Reconnection Distance. ANNALS OF COMBINATORICS, 24 (3), 475-502. 10.1007/s00026-020-00502-7
  • Doecker, J., Dorn, B., Linz, S., & Semple, C. (2020). Placing quantified variants of 3-SAT and NOT-ALL-EQUAL 3-SAT in the polynomial hierarchy. THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE, 822, 72-91. 10.1016/j.tcs.2020.04.003
  • Tran, N., Dinneen, M. J., & Linz, S. (2020). Computing close to optimal weighted shortest paths in practice. Proceedings International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, ICAPS.
  • Doecker, J., Linz, S., & Semple, C. (2019). Displaying trees across two phylogenetic networks. THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE, 796, 129-146. 10.1016/j.tcs.2019.09.003
  • Kelk, S., & Linz, S. (2019). A tight kernel for computing the tree bisection and reconnection distance between two phylogenetic trees. SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, 33 (3), 1556-1574. 10.1137/18M122724X
  • Doecker, J., van Iersel, L., Kelk, S., & Linz, S. (2019). Deciding the existence of a cherry-picking sequence is hard on two trees. DISCRETE APPLIED MATHEMATICS, 260, 131-143. 10.1016/j.dam.2019.01.031
  • Klawitter, J., & Linz, S. (2019). On the Subnet Prune and Regraft Distance. ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF COMBINATORICS, 26 (2)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 481
New Zealand

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