Monday, June 6, 2022 — 10:00 AM to Tuesday, June 7, 2022 — 5:00 PM EDT

AlCoVE aims to bring together researchers interested in algebraic combinatorics from around the world. Each talk will be 30 minutes and between talks, there will be casual social activities for spending time with your friends and making new friends. 

To access the Zoom links, you must first register for the conference.


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Friday, May 27, 2022 — 3:30 PM EDT

Title: Early Work

Speaker: Ian Goulden
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Location: QNC 0101 or please contact Emma Watson for Zoom link


I will talk briefly and informally about my work in the last century.

Title: At It and In It

Speaker: David Jackson
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Location: QNC 0101 or please contact Emma Watson for Zoom link


I have selected seven Research Themes to talk about very briefly and informally.  They are reflections upon key moments and surprising revelations over the past forty years.

Thursday, May 26, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Title: Faster Algorithms for Isogeny Problems using Torsion Point Images. 

Speaker: Dinesh Valluri
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Attend: Contact Jesse Elliott


In this talk, we will discuss cryptanalysis of some SIDH-type protocols due to Christophe Petit: While finding isogenies between supersingular elliptic curves remains computationally hard to solve, knowledge of images of specific torsion points by the unknown isogeny helps build faster attacks.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 — 3:00 PM EDT

Title: On Donuts and Quasigraphic matroids

Speaker: Peter Nelson
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Room: MC 5417


Quasigraphic matroids are graph-like objects that give a common generalization of lift and frame matroids. Donuts are edible topological surfaces. I will talk about a surprising link between these two types of object, assuming no prior knowledge of quasigraphic matroids or donuts.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 — 9:00 AM to Friday, May 27, 2022 — 4:30 PM EDT

A celebration of Goulden and Jackson's combined 90 years of insight and inspiration that have shaped the fields of algebraic and combinatorial enumeration.



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Friday, May 20, 2022 — 3:30 PM EDT

Title: The Chvátal-Gomory procedure for integer SDPs with applications in combinatorial optimization

Speaker: Frank de Meijer
Affiliation: Tilburg University
Location: MC 5501 or please contact Emma Watson for Zoom link


Semidefinite programs under the presence of integrality constraints are known as integer semidefinite programs (ISDPs). Since the combination of integrality and positive semidefiniteness leads to matrices that are highly structured, ISDPs have applications in several fields, including architecture and combinatorial optimization.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 — 1:00 PM EDT

Title: P-partition power sums

Speaker: Victor Wang
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Room/Zoom: MC5479 or for Zoom link contact Logan Crew or Olya Mandelshtam


The Hopf algebra of symmetric functions is spanned by several important bases, including by power sum symmetric functions, which encode the class values of the characters of the symmetric group under the Frobenius characteristic map.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 — 3:00 PM EDT

Title: Almost every matroid has a rank-3 wheel or rank-3 whirl as minor

Speaker: Jorn van der Pol
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Room: MC 5417


Many conjectures – but few results – exist for the statistical properties of large "random" matroids. For example, the question which matroids appear as a minor of almost every matroid has been settled for only a few matroids.

Friday, May 13, 2022 — 3:30 PM EDT

Title: Radical Sylvester-Gallai theorem for cubics - and beyond

Speaker: Rafael Oliveira
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Location: MC 5501 or please contact Emma Watson for Zoom link


In 1893, Sylvester asked a basic question in combinatorial geometry: given a finite set of distinct points $v_1, \ldots, v_m \in \R^N$ such that the line defined by any pair of distinct points $v_i, v_j$ contains a third point $v_k$ in the set, must all points in the set be collinear?

Friday, May 13, 2022 — 8:30 AM to Saturday, May 14, 2022 — 5:00 PM EDT

The Ontario Combinatorics Workshop is a meeting for researchers working in combinatorics from Ontario and surrounding areas to gather and share their latest research developments. The objective of this meeting is to have an atmosphere conducive to research discussion and collaboration. The setting of the meeting is informal to provide a friendly environment for students and post-doctoral fellows to present their results, to exchange ideas, and to gain exposure to various topics in combinatorics. It is also a place where students and faculties meet, which may foster future collaborations. 


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Thursday, May 12, 2022 — 1:00 PM EDT

Title:  A vertex model for LLT polynomials and k-tilings of the Aztec diamond

Speaker: Andrew Gitlin
Affiliation: UC Berkeley
Room/Zoom: MC5479 or for Zoom link contact Logan Crew or Olya Mandelshtam


We describe a Yang-Baxter integrable colored vertex model, from which we construct a class of partition functions that equal the LLT polynomials of Lascoux, Leclerc, and Thibon. Using the vertex model formalism, we can prove many properties of these polynomials.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Title: Recent developments in key-blinding

Speaker: Ted Eaton
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Attend: Contact Jesse Elliott


Key-blinding is an extension to signature schemes for use in some anonymity networks. It allows identity public keys to be deterministically transformed into a blinded public key that conceal the original. Signatures can still be issued and verified with respect to the blinded key. This is useful when intermediaries in anonymity networks are not entirely trusted, but still need to verify signatures with respect to some public key.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 — 3:00 PM EDT

Title: Connectivity functions and connectivity intertwining

Speaker: Jim Geelen
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Room: MC 5417


Connectivity functions provide a nice way of unifying matroid connectivity with various notions of connectivity in graphs. I will present some new and old open problems.

Monday, May 9, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Title: Polynomials, rank and cap sets


Péter Pál Pach


Budapest University of Technology

Zoom: Contact Sabrina Lato for link


In this talk we will look at a variant of the polynomial method which was first used to prove that sets avoiding 3-term arithmetic progressions in groups like Z_4^n and F_q^n are exponentially small (compared to the size of the group). We will discuss lower and upper bounds for the size of the extremal subsets.  We will also mention some further applications of the method, for instance, the solution of the Erdős–Szemerédi theorem sunflower conjecture.

Monday, May 2, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Title: Of Shadows and Gaps in Spatial Search

Speaker: Weichen Xie
Affiliation: Clarkson University
Zoom: Contact Sabrina Lato for link


Spatial search occurs in a connected graph if a continuous-time quantum walk on the adjacency matrix of the graph, suitably scaled, plus a rank-one perturbation induced by any vertex will unitarily map the principal eigenvector of the graph to the characteristic vector of the vertex. This phenomenon is a natural continuous-time analogue of Grover search.

Friday, April 29, 2022 — 3:00 PM to Sunday, May 1, 2022 — 6:00 PM EDT

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Monday, April 25, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Title: On the eigenvalues of the perfect matching derangement graph

Speaker: Mahsa N. Shirazi
Affiliation: University of Regina
Zoom: Contact Sabrina Lato for link


The perfect matching derangement graph $M_{2n}$ is defined to be the graph whose vertices are all the perfect matchings of the complete graph $K_{2n}$, and two vertices are adjacent if they contain no common edges. The graph $M_{2n}$ is part of a larger study on the analogs of the Erdős-Ko-Rado theorem, and recently there have been interesting works on $M_{2n}$ and its eigenvalues.

Thursday, April 21, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Title: Speeding up Multi-Scalar Multiplication over Fixed Points towards Efficient zkSNARKs

Speaker: Guiwen Luo
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Attend: Contact Jesse Elliott


The arithmetic of computing multiple scalar multiplications in an elliptic curve group then adding them together is called multi-scalar multiplication (MSM). MSM over fixed points dominates the time consumption in pairing-based trusted setup zero-knowledge succinct non-interactive arguments of knowledge (zkSNARKs), thus fast algorithms of MSM over fixed points are desirable for practical applications.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 — 3:00 PM EDT
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Join us for a panel discussion focused on understanding and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in academic settings. All members of our academic communities should strive to create equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments.

Thursday, April 14, 2022 — 1:00 PM EDT

Title: The one-sided cycle shuffles in the symmetric group algebra

Speaker: Darij Grinberg
Affiliation: Drexel University
Zoom: Contact Logan Crew or Olya Mandelshtam


Elements in the group algebra of a symmetric group S_n are known to have an interpretation in terms of card shuffling. I will discuss a new family of such elements, recently constructed by Nadia Lafrenière: Given a positive integer n, we define n elements t_1, t_2, ..., t_n in

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 — 2:00 PM EDT

Title: Generating Short Monotone Paths in 0/1 LPs: From Circuits to Simplex

Speaker: Sean Kafer
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Zoom: 945 0789 9910 (passcode: kafer)


Even after decades of study, it is unknown whether there exists a pivot rule for the Simplex method that always solves an LP with only a polynomial number of pivots.  This remains unknown even in the special case of 0/1 LPs - i.e., LPs defined over 0/1 polytopes - a case that includes many extensively studied problems in combinatorial optimization.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 — 3:00 PM EDT

Title: Lattice path matroids, lattice path polymatroids, and excluded minors

Speaker: Carolyn Chun
Affiliation: US Naval Academy
Zoom: or contact Shayla Redlin


We define lattice path matroids, polymatroids, Boolean polymatroids, and lattice path polymatroids, which are a subclass of Boolean polymatroids. 

Monday, April 11, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Title: Deletion-contraction for a unified Laplacian and applications

Speaker: Victor Wang
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Zoom: Contact Sabrina Lato


We define a graph Laplacian with vertex weights in addition to the more classical edge weights, which unifies the combinatorial Laplacian and the normalised Laplacian.

Thursday, April 7, 2022 — 1:00 PM EDT

Title: Modular relations between chromatic symmetric functions

Speaker: Farid Aliniaeifard
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Zoom: Contact Logan Crew or Olya Mandelshtam


In 1995, Stanley introduced the chromatic symmetric functions. The study of chromatic symmetric functions of graphs inspired two main research directions.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 — 3:00 PM EDT

Title: A local version of Hadwiger’s Conjecture

Speaker: Lise Turner
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Zoom: or contact Shayla Redlin


In 1943, Hadwiger famously conjectured that graphs with no $K_t$ minors are $t-1$ colourable. There has also been significant interest in several variants of the problem, such as list colouring or only forbidding certain classes of minors.


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