Algebraic Combinatorics Seminar - Ralph Kaufmann

Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Title: Graphs and combinatorics with a relationship to algebra, geometry and physics

Speaker: Ralph Kaufmann
Affiliation: Purdue
Zoom: Contact Karen Yeats


Several algebraic and geometric structures are most naturally encoded via graphs. These include restrictions, such as trees, and decorations, such as planar graphs, ribbon graphs, bi-partite graphs (aka. hypergraphs), directed versions, etc. Particularly nice properties satisfy some kind of hereditary condition. This affords a dual perspective. Either as (nested) subsets and decomposition, or as composition, gluing locally. Both views relate to category theory, algebra, and combinatorics in terms of finite sets, cospans etc. We will give examples of these phenomena and provide a general background.