Jin-Xin Zhou, Beijing Jiaotong University, China, 16 November 2013 – 16 November 2014.
Florian Lehner, Graz University of Technology, Austria, 6-29 December 2013.
Dugald MacPherson, University of Leeds, UK, 7-28 February 2014.
Pablo Spiga, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, March - April 2014.
Many of the participants for ACCMCC came earlier and stayed after the conference.
Many members of the CMSC were involved in the WA Junior Maths Olympiad that was held at UWA on 2 November 2013. There were 414 students from 37 schools.
John Bamberg ran two 2.5 hour sessions on Codes and Cryptography for the National Youth Science Forum (for beginning year 12 students from all over Australia). 9 January 2014.
Alice Devillers, Michael Giudici and Joanna Fawcett were involved in giving a few sessions each for the Science Experience. 14-16 January 2014.
Cheryl Praeger resigned from the Council of University Hall (previously Currie Hall) after 23 years of service as Vice Chancellor's nominee.
In February, the CMSC, together with one international guest, will get away to the Perth hills for their third annual retreat. We will work together on problems, getting to know members of the Centre who we are not usually working with. For the first time a mini lecture series will be organised too. There will also certainly be some soccer, some pool and some board game action, during evening and breaks.
John Bamberg became a managing editor for the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics.
Juliet Burridge completed her honours project Elusive Groups, supervised by Michael Giudici.
Brian Corr was awarded his PhD, with thesis Estimation and Computation with Matrices over Finite Fields, supervised by Cheryl Praeger and Ákos Seress.
Brian Corr was awarded an Australian Mathematical Society Lift-Off Fellowship.
Brian Corr has accepted a research fellowship at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Stephen Glasby joined the editorial board of Communications in Mathematics.
Stephen Glasby was appointed as an Adjunct Professor within the School of Mathematics and Statistics starting in April.
Cheryl Praeger was awarded the 2013 Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal for her outstanding research accomplishments.
Cheryl Praeger has been elected Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science; the position runs for four years from June 2014.
Gordon Royle joined the editorial board of the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.
Blake Segler completed his joint Maths/Physics honours project On the implementation and application of quantum error correction codes, supervised by John Bamberg and Jing-Bo Wang.
SymOmega is a mathematical blog run by three CMSC members, Michael Giudici, John Bamberg and Gordon Royle.
The 37th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, which is the annual Australian combinatorics conference, was held at UWA in December 2013 and was deemed a great success. The final total of 106 registered participants was significantly higher than anticipated, and marked the third consecutive time that attendance exceeded 100.
With eight plenary talks (Matt DeVos, Vida Dujmović, Graham Farr, Bill Martin, Dillon Mayhew, Primož Potočnik, Tamás Szőnyi, Nick Wormald) and 86 contributed talks in three parallel sessions, it was often a difficult choice to decide which to attend, and each day was a full one.
We aimed to have at least one group / social activity on every evening, in addition to the “Pub of the Day” every night. These events included the welcome reception on Sunday evening, swimming and fish-n-chips at Cottesloe on Monday, a soccer match on Tuesday, a continuation of the excursion on Wednesday, the conference dinner on Thursday and the Survivors Party on Friday. All were well attended, ran very smoothly and and were very well received, with a particular highlight being the superb food and drink at the University Club for the conference dinner.
The Monadelphous ILC proved to be an ideal conference centre venue, being located very close to the talks, having ample space for delegates to work, rest or socialise between talks or during the long lunch breaks. Easy access to kitchen facilities and the rental of a high-quality automatic coffee machine allowed us to supply continuous refreshments for the delegates. The coffee machine was a particular hit, with exactly 499 coffees being consumed over the week, often while perusing the daily newsletter “The Daily Combinatorialist”.
Over the course of the week, and subsequently, I’ve had numerous people remarking on how much they enjoyed the conference, how well everything went, and how well organised everything was. But of course, none of this happens without two things - money and a significant effort behind the scenes. For the former we were enormously helped by Head of School, Andrew Bassom who gave us money from his Head’s fund, and by Eric and Irene who wrote an application for a Faculty Research Grant. For the latter, I was immensely helped by the large number of CMSC members, who each undertook one or more tasks and did them brilliantly with no fuss.
In particular, I’d like to thank (alphabetical, organising committee first):
John Bamberg, Organising Committee, Web site, Program booklet, Welcome bag (T-shirt)
Alice Devillers, Organising Committee, Treasurer
Michael Giudici, Organising Committee, Accommodation, Program schedule
Irene Pivotto, Organising Committee, Faculty Research Grant, Student Prize Committee, Survivors Party
Eric Swartz, Organising Committee, Faculty Research Grant, Daily Combinatorialist
Luke Morgan, Coffee machine maintenance, always-willing helper
Simon Smith, Pub Guide, daily pub organiser, always-willing helper
Gabriel Verret, Soccer organiser, always-willing helper
and of course, Cheryl Praeger, who allowed 70 or so survivors and friends to invade her house in 38C+ temperatures for the Survivors Party.