4th annual Kliakhandler Conference will be held August 9-11, 2018 at Michigan Technological University

4th Annual Kliakhandler Conference 

Graph Decompositions 

August 9-11, 2018 

The 4th annual Kliakhandler Conference will be held August 9-11, 2018 on the campus of Michigan Technological University. The focus of the conference this year will be on graph decompositions. Graph decomposition problems regularly appear in the fields of graph theory, design theory, and algebra and have applications to communication, optimization, and algorithms. The conference will consist of a mix of plenary talks and contributed talks. The conference will also include a special session titled “Everyday Combinatorics”, which will focus on combinatorics at the high school level. A combinatorics specialist with an interest in math education will organize the session, and local high school teachers will be invited to attend the session.

Conference Website: http://kliak.mtu.edu/

The university is located fifteen minutes from the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX). It is also two hours by car from the Sawyer International Airport in Marquette.

 Plenary Speakers:

• Brian Alspach, The University of Newcastle
• Saad El Zanati, Illinois State University
• Chris Rodger, Auburn University
• David Clark (Everyday Combinatorics), Grand Valley State University

The city of Houghton is in close proximity to Lake Superior and the Keweenaw National Historic Park. Michigan Tech began as the Michigan Mining School in 1885, and a rich history of mining in the area is evident throughout the Keweenaw. There are a number of local museums and mines for tourists to explore. The weather is pleasant in August, with temperatures averaging between 55◦ and 75◦F.

The Kliakhandler conference is part of the Kliakhandler Fellowship program, which was established in 2014 by Igor Kliakhandler, a former member of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Tech. The primary goal of the program is to stimulate research activity in the department and collaboration between members of the mathematical sciences community.

The conference is partially supported by a generous gift from Igor Kliakhandler.

The Michigan Technological University Campus.

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