Applied Combinatorics: 2014-2017


Discrete models and their properties underlie many physical phenomena and hence combinatorics has long been applied to study problems in physics and chemistry. Meanwhile, the field of combinatorics is an independent subject which has evolved considerably over the past 20 years. Not coincidentally, so have computational technologies and the field of theoretical computer science. The application of combinatorics to problems in physics, biology and chemistry are under-used despite their wide applicability. In fact, given a proper understanding of the underlying combinatorial structure, and modern computing power, one can now predict large scale behaviour, and understand whether a given property is rare, or expected. Enumeration, random generation, parameter analysis — each are steadily becoming within reach for increasingly complex models. A central aim of this proposed collaborative research group is to transport known results about combinatorial structures to other domains of science.



Principal Investigators:

Marni Mishna- Simon Fraser University

Karen Yeats- Simon Fraser University

Andrew Rechnitzer- University of British Columbia

Chris Soteros- University of Saskatchewan

CRG Faculty:

Richard Bowles- University of Saskatchewan

Michael Szafron- University of Saskatchewan

Lily Yen- Simon Fraser University


Planned Scientific Activities

2014-2015 Events

- April 15- 16, 2014: PIMS Analytic RNA Combinatorics Workshop (PARC) at SFU

- July 7- Aug 1, 2014: PIMS-SFU undergraduate summer school on multiple zeta values at SFU

2015-2016 Events

- Events TBA

2016-2017 Events

- FPSAC (Student support)

Ongoing Events

SFU Discrete math seminar