Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation

Newsletter, May 2015

May 2015 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.


  • Gordon Royle won a UWA Student Guild Student's Choice Award for excellence in teaching in Semester 2, 2014.
  • International Science, Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads. Cheryl Praeger will be guest speaker at the Blazer Ceremony for the Australian teams, Canberra, 15 June 2015.
  • Stephen Glasby has been invited to give a Séminaire Claude Chevalley at Universite Paris 7 on 25 June 2015.
  • Melissa Lee has been selected to participate in the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, to be held in Heidelberg, Germany, 23-28 August 2015.
  • Yian Xu started a PhD supervised by Michael Giudici and Cai-Heng Li.
  • Melissa Lee started an MPhil supervised by John Bamberg and Michael Giudici.
  • Kyle Rosa (supervised by Luke Morgan and Cheryl Praeger) and Adrian Petersen (supervised by Alice Devillers and Cheryl Praeger) have started Honours.
  • Co-tutelle PhD student Sabina Pannek and Jurgen celebrated the arrival of their son Timo on 18 December 2014.


  • Frederico Augusto (PhD student, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), February-May 2015.
  • Padraig Ó Catháin (Monash University), 30 March-3 May 2015.
  • Zhe Liu (Zhejiang University, China), 1 April 2015-31 March 2016.
  • Bart De Bruyn (Ghent University, Belgium), 6-28 April 2015.
  • Jason Semeraro (University of Bristol, UK), 7-28 April 2015.
  • Laura Mančinska (National University of Singapore), 13-24 April 2015.
  • David Roberson (National University of Singapore), 13 April-1 May 2015.
  • Alastair Litterick (University of Auckland, New Zealand), 16-26 April 2015.
  • Heiko Dietrich (Monash University), 27 May-5 June 2015.
  • István Kovács (University of Primorska, Slovenia), 18 May-10 June 2015.
  • Murray Elder (University of Newcastle), 19-23 May 2015.

CMSC Retreat

Almost the entire CMSC ventured to Yanchep in February for our annual retreat. Amongst the seventeen participants were staff, postdocs, students, and one visitor. During the three days of the retreat we enjoyed working collaboratively on many stimulating research problems, several of which are still being actively pursued via regular group research meetings. We also had an excellent two part course on matroid theory delivered by Irene Pivotto, and the retreat paper group, led by Mark Ioppolo. Time was found for several games of charades, the traditional soccer match (with accompanying traditional injury), and a restorative sauna visit! 

CMSC Retreat 2015


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