University of Leicester


STAFF — Sam Jones BSc Mathematics (York)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, PhD Student
G1Computer Science Building
Department of Informatics,
University of Leicester,
University Road,
LE1 7RH.

T: +44 (0)116 252 3904
E: sj175 AT) mcs(.)le(DOT)

About Me

I did my undergraduate degree in mathematics and graduated from the University of York in July 2010. From October 2010 until September 2014 I worked at the university of Leicester as a Graduate Teaching Assistant whilst studying for my PhD under the supervision of Professor Rick Thomas.

I have now submitted my PhD thesis and am working as an E-learning teaching fellow in the department of mathematics.


Broadly, I am interested in connections between algebraic structures and computer science and in particular connections between group theory and formal language theory. In terms of research, I have mostly been looking at the word problem of groups and how it behaves as a formal language. Recently I have been looking at natural conditions on formal languages which characterise the word problem.


  • My supervisor and I have had a paper titled "Formal languages and group theory" accepted to the post conference proceedings of the ninth Groups St. Andrews conference.
  • In September 2013 my supervisor and I had a conference paper titled "Formal languages, word problems of groups and decidability" accepted in The 7th International workshop on Reachability Problems.
  • In August 2013 I gave a talk at Groups St. Andrews Entitled "Groups, formal language theory, and decidability" you can find the slides here.
  • In July 2012 I gave a talk at the PGTC about the word problem for groups and how it behaves as a formal language.
  • In April 2012 I gave a talk at the BCTCS about decidability problems in Context-free grammars.

Administrative duties

In 2013 I was the Post Graduate Researcher (PGR) representative for the college of science and engineering on the PGR policy committee.


I am no longer working in the department of Computer Science but in the past I taught on the following modules:

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