Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation

Newsletter, January 2017

January 2017 newsletter of the Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation

The Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation is located within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Western Australia. We provide a focus for mathematical research and research training in the areas of group theory, combinatorics and computation, to give mathematics the increased visibility it deserves. 

Buildings and Symmetry

The workshop "Buildings and Symmetry", Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September 2017, will be hosted at the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Western Australia, as part of the activities of the Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation. The theme of the workshop is relatively broad, including any aspects of buildings and related objects - although as indicated by the title there is an emphasis on symmetries/group theory/Lie theory aspects.
Organisers: Alice Devillers (local organiser), Bernhard Mühlherr, James Parkinson, and Hendrik Van Maldeghem

Cheryl Praeger Retirement Mini-Symposium

On April 13 (2017) there will be an all-day mini-symposium honouring the career of Cheryl Praeger, hosted at the University of Western Australia. For details, please go to this webpage.

News

  • Tomasz Popiel has taken up a temporary lectureship at Queen Mary University of London.
  • John Bamberg is now a former Future Fellow. On 1 December 2016, he commenced a new role as a teaching and research staff member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Jesse Lansdown will be at RWTH Aachen University for 2017 as part of a cotutelle arrangement for his PhD.
  • Our graduating Honours students Saul Freedman (thesis "Maximally symmetric p-groups" supervised by John Bamberg and Luke Morgan), Mark Perrin (thesis "The production of Conway groupoids" supervised by Michael Giudici and Cheryl Praeger) and Bohao Yao (thesis "Colouring triangle-free graphs" supervised by Gordon Royle) all received First Class Honours.
  • Cheryl Praeger received a Euler medal for year 2011 from the ICA.
  • Michael Giudici received a Hall medal for year 2012 from the ICA.
  • Kyle Rosa won the best student talk prize of the 40th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing.
  • Rebecca Waldecker (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) was awarded the 2017 Cheryl E Praeger Visiting Fellowship.
  • Cheryl Praeger was an observer at the planning meeting, held at the Royal Society in London on 26 September 2016, for the Commonwealth Science Conference which will be held in Singapore in June 2017.  
  • Cheryl Praeger and Professor Andrew Homes, President of the Australia Academy of Science, were the Australian "ambassadors" at the World Science Day of the French Academy at the Louvre in Paris. They co-chaired an afternoon session on "Health and Demography" on 27 September 2016.
  • Cheryl Praeger gave a welcoming address at the one-day workshop "Italian Scientists Down Under" organized by the Ambassador from Italy at the University of Western Australia on 4 November 2016.
  • Cheryl Praeger chaired the opening session of the Indonesia-Australia Science Symposium at the Shine Dome, Canberra on 28 November 2016.
  • Daniel Hawtin visited Wei Jin at the Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in China.
  • Luke Morgan spent four weeks in China as a CMSC ambassador. He visited Jicheng Ma (Chongching University of Arts and Science) and gave two talks. He also visited Cai Heng Li (South University of Science and Technology China) and gave a talk entitled "Local conjectures in graph theory and semiprimitive groups".
  • Luke Morgan visited Joy Morris for two weeks at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.
  • Cheryl Praeger gave a seminar entitled "Local transitivity properties of graphs and pairwise transitive designs" at Zhejiang University in China on 1 November 2016.
  • Cheryl Praeger gave a colloquium lecture entitled "Coprime actions of finite groups" at the University of Bielefeld on 19 January 2017.
  • Cheryl Praeger gave a research seminar entitled "Infinite permutation groups with all infinite normal subgroups transitive" at Mathematisches Institut Münster, Germany on 20 January 2017.
  • Gordon Royle visited Fengming Dong at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Gordon Royle had a visit from Seongmin Ok of Korean Institute of Advanced Studies.
  • Binzhou Xia visited Cai Heng Li for five weeks at South University of Science and Technology China.
  • Cheryl Praeger has been invited to take over the role of Chair of the "Special Committee for Women in Science and Engineering" of the the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA). In connection with this she will attend the AASSA-SCJ Workshop on the "Role of Science for Inclusive Society" in Tokyo on 1-3 March 2017.
  • Cheryl Praeger will attend a meeting (5-6 April) of the Executive Board for the Inter Academy Partnership in Halle, Germany.
 

Visitors

  • Gabriel Verret (University of Auckland), 18 February-4 March.
  • Cheryl E. Praeger Visiting Fellow: Rebecca Waldecker (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg), 25 February-19 March.
  • Anurag Bishnoi (Ghent University), 19 March - 14 April.
  • Ashraf Daneshkah and Syed Hassan Alavi (Bu-Ali Sina University), 11 March-2 April.
  • Martin Liebeck (Imperial College London), 23 March-14 April.

SymOmega

SymOmega is a mathematical blog run by CMSC members John Bamberg, Michael Giudici and Gordon Royle. 

Buildings and Symmetry

The workshop "Buildings and Symmetry", Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September 2017, will be hosted at the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Western Australia, as part of the activities of the Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation. The theme of the workshop is relatively broad, including any aspects of buildings and related objects - although as indicated by the title there is an emphasis on symmetries/group theory/Lie theory aspects.
Organisers: Alice Devillers (local organiser), Bernhard Mühlherr, James Parkinson, and Hendrik Van Maldeghem

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