In its second year, the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, will hold three lectures a year to continue to honour William Tutte. In the inaugural year of the series we hosted several speakers each week between May and August.
Below, find a list of the speakers as the information becomes available. All the lectures are free, open to the public and no registration is required.
If you're not able to make the lecture, we will post a recording on the department's YouTube Channel.
For more information about the series, contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 5, 2020
Speaker: Lauren K. Williams
Affiliation: Harvard Unversity & the Radcliffe University
Area of expertise: Algebraic combinatorics, specifically using algebraic tools to study discrete structures in mathematics.
Lecture title: Matroids, tropical geometry, and positivity
September 27, 2019
Speaker: Carsten Thomassen
Affiliation: Technical University of Denmark
Area of expertise: Discrete mathematics, specifically graph theory.
Lecture title: Countable Weighted Graphs with No Unfriendly Partitions
July 19, 2019
Speaker: Mario Szegedy
Affiliation: Alibaba Quantum Laboratory
Area of expertise: Combinatorics, complexity theory, quantum computing, combinatorial optimization, data streaming and black box complexity.
Lecture title: QAOA Versus Classical
March 29, 2019
Speaker: Bojan Mohar
Affiliation: Simon Fraser University
Area of expertise: Topological graph theory, graph minors, graph coloring, algebraic graph theory, graph algorithms.
Lecture title: Toward a Theory of Crossing-Critical Graphs
November 2, 2018
Speaker: Sergey Norin
Affiliation: McGill University
Area of expertise: Graph theory and combinatorics with a concentration on extremal and structural graph theory and graph limits.
Lecture title: Razborov's flag algebras: Ten years on
August 3, 2018
Speaker: Federico Ardila
Affiliation: San Francisco State University
Area of expertise: Underlying combinatorial structure of objects in algebra, geometry, topology, and applications
Lecture title: The geometry of matroids