About Me

George Shakan


I currently work as a Data Scientist, researching and developing machine learning models for prediction. Before this, I received my PhD from UIUC under Kevin Ford and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and CRM under Ben Green and Andrew Granville, respectively. My primary research interests are additive combinatorics, analytic number theory and the intersection of the two. Research has lead me to incidence geometry, exponential sums, probability, harmonic analysis, sieve theory, combinatorics, and elsewhere. 

Papers and Preprints

Please see my CV for the formal references.

Additive Combinatorics

On the largest sum-free subset problem in the integersPreprint

Explicit RIP matrices: An update with K. Ford and D. Kutzarova; Preprint

Effective results on the size and structure of sumsets with A. Granville and A. Walker; Preprint

A large gap in a dilate of a set; SIAM J. Discrete Math.

An analytic approach to cardinalities of sumsets with Dávid Matolcsi, Imre Ruzsa and Dmitrii Zhelezov; Combinatorica

A weighted Prékopa-Leindler inequality and sumsets with quasi-cubes with Ben Green Dávid Matolcsi, Imre Ruzsa and Dmitrii Zhelezov; Submitted

The Frobenius Postage Stamp Problem, and beyond with Andrew Granville; Acta. Math. Hung.

On distinct consecutive differences with Imre Ruzsa, József Solymosi and Endre Szemerédi; Springer Volume: Combinatorial and Additive Number Theory IV

Stronger sum-product inequalities for small sets with Misha Rudnev and Ilya Shkredov; Proc. Amer. Math Soc.

Monochromatic Hilbert cubes and arithmetic progressions with József Balogh, Misha Lavrov, and Adam Wagner; Electron. J. Comb

On higher energy decompositions and the sum-product phenomenonMath. Proc. Cambridge Philos. Soc. (Quanta Article)

On distinct consecutive r-differences with Junxian Li; J. Number Theory

Sum of dilates in vector spaces with Antal Balog; North-West. Eur. J. Math.

Sum of many dilates in Comb. Prob. Comput.

On the Sum of Dilations of a Set with Antal Balog; Acta. Arith.

Number Theory

Quantitative Hilbert irreducibility and almost prime values of polynomial discriminants with T. Anderson, A. Gafnie, R. Lemke Oliver, D. Lowry-Duda, R. Zhang; IMRN

On generating functions in additive number theory II: Lower order terms with applications to PDEs with Julia Brandes, Scott Parsell, Konstantinos Poulias, and Robert Vaughan; Math. Ann.

Fractal solutions to dispersive partial dispersive equations on the torus with Burak Erdoğan; Selecta Math.

A lower bound for the least prime in an arithmetic progression with Junxian Li and Kyle Pratt; Q. J. Math.

A Generalization of the Schur-Siegel-Smyth Trace Problem with Kyle Pratt and Alexandru Zaharescu; J. Math. Anal. Appl.


Contact Information

You can contact me at the domain gmail.com and local part george.shakan

Undergraduate Research (As Mentor)

Talbot Effect (2019)

Talbot Effect (2018)

Singular Value Decomposition (2015)

Undergraduate Thesis

Q-Polynomial Association Schemes with Irrational Eigenvalues (2012)