Linear Algebraic Techniques in Combinatorics/Graph Theory (11w5033)

Arriving in Banff, Alberta Sunday, January 30 and departing Friday February 4, 2011


Saieed Akbari (Sharif University of Technology & Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran)

(University of Wisconsin - Madison)

(Tilburg University)

(University of Lethbridge)

(Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM))

Qing Xiang (University of Delaware)


Our main aim in organizing the workshop is to bring together the large and diverse collection of researchers who have made substantial contributions using linear algebra techniques in combinatorics and graph theory, or using combinatorial and graph-theoretic ideas to investigate matrices. It is expected that there will be considerable cross-fertilization of ideas leading to people learning new problems and new applications of linear algebra techniques, and that this will lead to new collaborations and breakthroughs. Recent successes in collaborations of this kind encourage us in the belief that such a meeting will bring new perspectives on old problems and open up many channels of communication for future collaborative research. For young researchers in particular, it will be an excellent opportunity to see the full scope of the subject and the many interesting directions they can explore.

We plan to have two expository lectures per day, which will be required to be accessible to all participants, including students, together with a small number of shorter more specialized talks. In addition we shall ask the lecturers to mention open questions in these areas. It is our intention to leave plenty of unscheduled time for informal discussions.