Dr. Anita Pasotti awarded the 2021 Hall Medal of the ICA




For immediate release                                                           Contact: Sarah Holliday
March 18, 2022                                                                                               Secretary of the ICA

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Dr. Anita Pasotti awarded the 2021 Hall Medal of the ICA


Hall Medals recognize extensive quality research with substantial international impact by Fellows of the ICA in mid-career.


Anita Pasotti has made significant contributions in areas related to combinatorial designs. Her very first publication is in the Bulletin of the ICA and is currently the 14th most cited paper out of 957 articles.


One of her most relevant papers is "Combinatorial designs and the Theorem of Weil on multiplicative character sums" (Finite Fields and their Applications, 2009; 48 citations on Scopus) which greatly improves R.M. Wilson’s bound on the asymptotic existence of elementary abelian decompositions of the complete graph into copies of a given graph, and “Further progress on difference families with block size 4 or 5" (Designs Codes and Cryptography, 2010; 44 citations on Scopus) which, so far, is the very last publication on a central topic in design theory.


Anita has become one of the top experts in Heffter arrays which are interesting design theoretic objects having significant applications to topological graph theory. She is leading a group of researchers who have produced six papers on this topic and obtained new results on related problems such as the Buratti-Horak-Rosa conjecture about Hamiltonian paths in complete graphs, the conjectures of Alspach-Archdeacon about partial sums in an abelian group, and a tour problem on a toroidal board.


Dr. Pasotti earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics at Università Cattolica, and the Ph.D. at Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca.  She completed her Postdoctoral work at Università degli Studi di Brescia where she is now promoted to Associate Professor.


The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications is an international scholarly society that was founded in 1990 by Ralph Stanton; the ICA was established for the purpose of promoting the development of combinatorics and of encouraging publications and conferences in combinatorics and its applications.



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