Thursday, February 23, 2017


Thursday, February 16, 2017


ICYMI = In case you missed it.  It's one of those really annoying acronyms that doesn't mean much.

But hey, here's a link where you can pay/renew/update your membership online!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Medals presented at the ACCMCC

Bojan Mohar (Euler medal), Catherine Greenhill (Hall medal), Daniel Horsley (Kirkman medal), Rebecca Stones (Kirkman medal)

 2010 Hall Medal award to Catherine Greenhill
Catherine Greenhill’s research is primarily on discrete stochastic processes and random combinatorial structures. She has worked in at least four distinct areas of combinatorics and computer science, and has made very significant contributions to the study of random graphs, graph colourings, Markov chains, asymptotic enumeration, and complexity theory. She has published almost 40 journal and conference papers. Her nominators speak of her “expert application of advanced technical methods”, and her “reputation of being carefully precise, highly dedicated and very imaginative".

2010 Euler Medal award to Bojan Mohar
Bojan Mohar’s outstanding research and leadership over a period of thirty years place him as one of today’s foremost discrete mathematicians worldwide. His deep and important contributions have dramatically improved our understanding of the structural properties of graphs. His research spans many areas, including topological graph theory, graph minors, infinite graphs, spectral graph theory, algebraic graph theory, and computational geometry. He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers (with more than 25 submitted), and has almost 100 collaborators. His nominators speak of his “tremendous intellectual energy”, “fantastic invited talks”, and “stellar record of service”.

2010 Kirkman Medal award to Daniel Horsley
Daniel Horsley’s research is in the area of graph decompositions and designs. He has worked on problems concerning Steiner triple systems with embedded substructures, decompositions of graphs into cycles, and c-chromatic designs. His PhD dissertation includes a proof of Lindner’s Conjecture on embeddings of partial Steiner triple systems, which had been open since the 1970s. He had published 11 journal publications, with five more submitted. His nominators state that “the quality of these publications [...] is quite remarkable” and that “His work has been of a consistently high standard and impact."

2012 Kirkman Medal award to Rebecca Stones

Rebecca Stones has broad research interests that extend from combinatorics and graph theory to include search engine algorithms, complex networks, and phylogenetics. She had published 13 papers in mathematics, engineering and bioinformatics journals and one conference paper, and had given 15 conference and workshop presentations. Her nominators describe a researcher who “has obtained strong original results on fundamental problems” and who is “destined for an academic career of distinction”. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Medals updates

As announced earlier, nominations for ICA medals for years 2013, 2014, and 2015 were evaluated by the ICA Medals Committee, Charlie Colbourn (chair), Jonathan Jedwab, and Christine O'Keefe. Following the committee's recommendation, the Council voted and decided to award the following medals. The decision for the Euler medal for 2015 has been postponed until the time for consideration of the 2016 medals.

Euler medal:
Brian Alspach (2014)

Hall medals:
Bart De Bruyn (2013) 
Peter Dukes (2014)
Lijun Ji (2015)

Kirkman medals:
Tommaso Traetta (2013)       
Daniele Bartoli (2014) 
Padraig Ó Catháin (2015)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Anne Penfold Street

Dr. Street passed away peacefully on 28 December, 2016. She was privately cremated on Thursday 5 January, 2017.

Anne was a Founding Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications, and an editor of the BICA from 1991 to 2014.

Picture of Anne Street and Ralph Stanton from Boca conference in 2009.

Anne was a student of Michio Suzuki and received her PhD at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1966 with dissertation "Subgroups Determining Functions on Groups."   

The Australian Mathematical Society has an award named after her, in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of knowledge across the broader mathematical community where she promoted the intellectual development of secondary and tertiary students, and actively supported the advancement of her peers. She was appointed Professor of Mathematics at The University of Queensland in 1985. She was the third woman appointed to a mathematics professorship in Australia, after Hanna Neumann, ANU 1964, and Cheryl Praeger, UWA 1983.
Professor Street's significant service to science education in the field of mathematics was recognised through her appointment as a member of the Order of Australia in 2014. Her contribution to tertiary education has gone well beyond that of a university faculty member. For many years she was an active member of the Australian Mathematics Trust, providing leadership on enrichment programs for secondary students such as the Mathematical Olympiad. The importance of Professor Street's contributions was acknowledged by the award of the 1994 Bernhard H. Neumann Award for excellence in mathematics enrichment. Her contributions have also been recognised through the award of the Inaugural Medal for Outstanding Service, Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia, 1999, an ARC Australian Senior Research Award, 1991, and a D.Math. (honoris causa) from the University of Waterloo, 1996.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CAI 2017

Dear colleagues, we are sending this CFP on behalf of the organizers of CAI 2017

Call for Papers

CAI 2017
7th International Conference on Algebraic Informatics June 25-28, 2017 Kalamata, Greece

CAI is the biennial conference serving the community interested in the intersection of theoretical computer science, algebra, and related areas.

CAI 2017 will feature invited presentations and a selective five-track program of contributed papers describing original and unpublished research.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: March 1, 2017, 23:59 PST (Pacific Standard Time) Author notification: April 15, 2017 Early registration deadline: May 15, 2017

Deadlines are firm; late submissions will not be considered.

CAI 2017 General Chair

Ilias Kotsireas, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

CAI Steering Committee

Symeon Bozapalidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece Olivier Carton, Universite Paris 7, Denis Diderot, France Manfred Droste, Universitaet Leipzig, Germany Zoltan Esik (deceased), University of Szeged, Hungary Werner Kuich, Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria Dimitrios Poulakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece Arto Salomaa, University of Turku, Finland


The CAI 2017 conference proceedings will be published in electronic form.
Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit a revised version of their work to a Special Issue of Theoretical Computer Science (Elsevier).


Typical but not exclusive topics of interest are:

Track 1: Automata Theory and Logic
Chair: Manfred Droste (Germany)
Invited Speaker: Heiko Vogler (TU Dresden, Germany)
Topics: This includes all topics of theoretical computer science with connections to automata theory and logic in computer science, in the broad sense.
Submissions by e-mail: A PC will select the 10% best submissions for a 'distinguished lecture'.  Authors will receive a confirmation of this and will have more time than the usual talks.

Track 2: Cryptography and Coding Theory
Chairs: Stephane Ballet (France), Dimitrios Poulakis (Greece), Robert Rolland (France) Invited Speaker: Claude Carlet (Universite Paris 8, France)
   - Elliptic Curves Cryptography
   - Lattice Cryptography
   - Cryptanalytic Methods
   - Identity Based Cryptography
   - Symmetric Ciphers
   - Public Keys Cryptosystems
   - Digital Signatures
   - Steganography
   - Quantum Cryptography
   - Cryptographic Protocols
   - Computational Number Theory
   - Boolean Functions
   - Error-Correcting Codes
   - Algebraic-Geometric Codes
   - Code Based Cryptography
   - Quantum Codes
Submissions by e-mail:

Track 3: Computer Algebra
Chairs: Rafael Sendra (Spain), Franz Winkler (Austria) Invited Speaker: Michael Wibmer (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
   - symbolic mathematical computation
   - exact algorithms
   - implementation of symbolic algorithms
   - applications
Submissions by e-mail:

Track 4: Design Theory
Chairs: Lucia Moura (Canada), Dimitris Simos (Austria) Invited Speaker: Charles Colbourn (Arizona State University, USA)
   - algebraic and combinatorial methods in design theory
   - algorithms for construction and classification of designs
   - applications of combinatorial designs in computer science,
   coding theory and information theory
   - complexity problems in design theory 
Submissions by e-mail: ,
Submission instructions: At the bottom of this mail. 

Track 5: Natural and Quantum Computing
Chair: Mika Hirvensalo (Finland)
Invited Speaker: TBA
   - evolutionary algorithms
   - molecular computing
   - neural networks
   - quantum computing
Submissions by e-mail:

For general inquiries regarding CAI 2017, please send e-mail to

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit papers, presenting original and unpublished research.
Submitted papers should not exceed 25 pages.
Simultaneous submission to other conferences with published proceedings or journals is not allowed.
Submissions should be made to the appropriate track of the conference, by e-mail to the track Chairs.
All proofs omitted due to space constraints should be given in an appendix or made accessible through a reliable link to a freely available electronic preprint.
Instructions for Submissions for the Design Theory Track, CAI 2017:

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (up to 6 pages), containing original research results. The authors are responsible for convincing the reviewers of the correctness and interest of their results using only those six pages. Authors can add an optional appendix with proofs, sketches of proofs, or additional material. If included, the appendix will be read at the discretion of the reviewers if required to reach a decision. The appendix has no page limit, and because it will not be published, it cannot be referenced in the extended abstract. Submission of a paper implies that the work described has not been previously published (except in the form of a lecture or academic thesis), that it is not simultaneously submitted elsewhere, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form. A special volume of Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics (ENDM) will be dedicated to accepted extended abstracts to the Design Theory track of CAI 2017 and the publication date is expected for the second semester of 2018. The extended abstracts must comply with the ENDM LaTeX style and are limited to 6 pages, including the front matter, text, and references. Instructions for submission preparation may be obtained in the ENDM web page Once prepared, the paper should be submitted by e-mail to the Design Theory track chairs using BOTH the email addresses below:

NOTE: The publication of the extended abstract in the Design Theory track
(ENDM) is independent and complementary to a possible submission of full papers to the volume of Theoretical Computer Science dedicated to best papers among all tracks of CAI 2017.