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Math and stats to hold 31st annual conference Oct. 3-4

"Discrete Mathematics and its Applications," the 31st annual Miami University Mathematics and Statistics Conference, will be held Oct. 3-4 in Bachelor Hall.

Discrete mathematics is a broad area; it serves as the mathematical framework for much of theoretical computer science, such as network reliability and computer chip design.

Principal speakers are Charlie Colbourn of Arizona State University and Robin Thomas of Georgia Institute of Technology.

Thomas will deliver three addresses, including "Perfect Graphs" at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and "The Four-Color Theorem" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, both in 101 Bachelor.

Colbourn will deliver two addresses, including "Covering Arrays for Interaction Software Testing" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in 101 Bachelor. He will also present the Andrew Jackson Buckingham Lecture, "Erasure Coding for RAID Disk Arrays," at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in 102 Bachelor.

In addition, 15-minute talks will be contributed by nearly 20 speakers from Ohio and nearby states.

Co-directors Tao Jiang, Zevi Miller and Dan Pritikin may be e-mailed directly from the Web site.

More information is available by calling the department at 9-5818 or by visiting

Date Published: 09/18/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 7


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