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Report on the Algebraic and Extremal Graph Theory Conference
August 7-10, 2017, University of Delaware, Newark, USA

Algebraic and extremal graph theory are important areas of combinatorics with a great symbiotic relationship. To celebrate this fact and to honor the research of Willem Haemers (Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Felix Lazebnik (University of Delaware, USA) and Andrew Woldar (Villanova University, USA), the Algebraic and Extremal Graph Theory Conference took place between August 7 and 10, 2017 at the University of Delaware (UD) in Newark, Delaware, USA.

The conference covered topics related to spectral graph theory, quantum computing, strongly regular graphs, distance-regular graphs, association schemes, Turán-type problems, Moore graphs, cages, algebraic and extremal properties of graphs/digraphs defined by systems of equations, finite groups, expanders, and designs.

The conference consisted of 14 plenary talks: Aida Abiad (Maastricht University), Camino Balbuena (Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunyia), Edwin van Dam (Tilburg University), Zoltán Füredi (Rényi Institute-Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Chris Godsil (University of Waterloo), Willem Haemers (Tilburg University), Bill Kantor (University of Oregon), Felix Lazebnik (University of Delaware), Misha Muzychuk (Netanya Academic College), Ron Solomon (Ohio State University), Andrew Thomason (Cambridge University), Andrew Woldar (Villanova University), Jason Williford (University of Wyoming) and Qing Xiang (University of Delaware), and 27 contributed talks. There were over 90 participants coming from USA, Canada, China, India, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Ukraine, Hungary, The Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Brazil, with over half of the participants being young researchers (undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs or junior faculty).

The conference was organized by Sebastian Cioabă, Robert Coulter and Qing Xiang (all UD) and Gene Fiorini (Muhlenberg College) with the generous support of the National Science Foundation, University of Delaware, Villanova University, DIMACS, Muhlenberg College, IMA and ILAS.

To further disseminate the knowledge presented and obtained during the conference, the slides of the presentations will be posted on the webpage and there will be a special issue of DiscreteMathematics dedicated to the conference.

November 14, 2017

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  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • University of Delaware
  • 501 Ewing Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2653