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Friday, January 31, 2020 — 1:00 PM EST

**Title:** Network Design $s$-$t$ Effective Resistance

Speaker: | Hong Zhou |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

We consider a problem of designing a network with small $s$-$t$ effective resistance. In the problem, we are given an undirected graph $G=(V,E)$, two designated vertices $s,t \in V$, and a budget $k$.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 — 4:00 PM EST

**Title:** Excluding a ladder

Speaker: | Paul Wollan |

Affiliation: | Sapienza Università di Roma |

Room: | MC 5479 |

**Abstract:**

A folklore result says that if a graph does not contain the path of length k as a subgraph, then it has tree-depth at most k.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 — 2:30 PM EST

**Title: **Random Pattern-Avoiding Permutations

Speaker: | Neal Madras |

Affiliation: | York University |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

A "pattern of length k" is simply a permutation of {1,..,k}. This pattern is said to be contained in a permutation of {1,...,N} (for N>k) if there is a subsequence of k elements of the (long) permutation that appears in the same relative order as the pattern.

Friday, January 24, 2020 — 1:00 PM EST

**Title:** On the Strong Nine Dragon Tree Conjecture

Speaker: | Ben Moore |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

Nash-Williams forest covering theorem says that a graph decomposes into $k$ forests if and only if it has fractional arboricity at most $k$. In 2012 Mickeal Montassier, Patrice Ossona de Mendez, Andre Raspaud, and Xuding Zhu proposed a significant strengthening of Nash-Williams Theorem, called the Strong Nine Dragon Tree Conjecture.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 — 4:00 PM EST

**Title:** Uniformly generate graphs with given degrees rapidly

Speaker: | Jane Gao |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5479 |

**Abstract:**

I will survey the research on exact/approximate uniform generation of graphs with prescribed degrees.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 — 2:30 PM EST

**Title:** Some places matroids appear in quantum field theory and some places I would like them to

Speaker: | Karen Yeats |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

I will discuss some places matroids have appeared in my work in quantum field theory, including some older work on numerator structure with Dirk Kreimer and some work in progress with Iain Crump on period identities.

Friday, January 17, 2020 — 1:00 PM EST

**Title:** The Capacitated Survivable Network Design Problem

Speaker: | Ishan Bansal |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

The Capacitated Survivable Network Design Problem or Cap-SNDP models a network reinforcement problem where the network designer wants to find a minimum-cost set of reinforcements that protects the network from an adversary.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 — 2:03 PM EST

**Title:** Electrical networks, random spanning trees, and matroids

Speaker: | David Wagner |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

This is a reprise of a survey talk I gave at the East Coast Combinatorics Conference in August 2019, and a variation of one I gave in the graphs and matroids seminar last year.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 — 1:00 PM EST

**Title:** Covers of Complete Bipartite Graphs

Speaker: | Chris Godsil |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

I will discuss antipodal distance-regular covers of complete bipartite graphs $K_{n,n}$. The index of such a cover is at most $n$.

Friday, January 10, 2020 — 1:00 PM EST

**Title:** Beating 3/2 for Approximating TSP in the Half-Integral Case

Speaker: | Logan Grout |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

In 2013, Schalekamp, Williamson, and van Zuylen conjectured that the integrality gap for the Subtour Polytope was attained on its half-integral vertices.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 — 1:00 PM EST

**Title:** Periodicity in Quantum Walks

Speaker: | Chris Godsil |

Affiliation: | University of Waterloo |

Room: | MC 5417 |

**Abstract:**

Despite the title, quantum walks are, in general, not periodic. However they are, in general, periodic to any desired degree of accuracy.

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