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Faculty positions

The Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program (URA)Applications for the Spring 2018 program are now closed.

Tutte's 100th Distinguished Lecture Series 

University of Waterloo, May 5 - August 18, '17      

*Recordings of occurred talks are all available on C&O's YouTube Channel   

Grad Studies: Fall 2018 applications now open

 New Deadline: February 9, '18

  1. June 6, 2018C&O graduates in Spring 2018

    Twelve C&O students will received their graduate degrees at the convocation ceremonies on June 15, 2018.

  2. May 14, 2018Zhihan Gao's TSP paper featured as the SIGEST article in SIAM Review

    Zhihan Gao's paper "On the metric s-t path traveling salesman problem" has been selected as the SIGEST article for the latest issue of SIAM Review.

  3. May 4, 2018Sally Dong is a 2018 recipient of the Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award

    Sally Dong was awarded the 2018 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in the Faculty of Mathematics.

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  1. June 19, 2018Special Seminar - Courtney Paquette

    Title: Minimization of convex compositions

    Speaker: Courtney Paquette
    Affiliation: Lehigh University
    Room: MC 6486


    Numerous optimization tasks can be posed as minimization of a finite convex function composed with a smooth map. Phase retrieval and matrix factorization problems are common examples.

  2. June 21, 2018Graphs and Matroids Seminar

    Title: The price of connectivity for domination

    Speaker: Paul Ouvrard
    Affiliation: University of Bordeaux
    Room: MC 5479

    Abstract: The price of connectivity for dominating set in a graph G is the ratio between the minimum sizes of a connected dominating set and a dominating set of G.

  3. June 22, 2018Tutte Colloquium - Kanstantsin Pashkovich

    Title: Two-level polytopes

    Speaker: Kanstantsin Pashkovich
    Affiliation: University of Waterloo
    Room: MC 5501


    This talk is dedicated to two-level polytopes. On one side, two-level polytopes form a well structured family of polytopes.

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