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CombinaTexas 2016

Location: Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX,
May 7-8, 2016.
Registration: Please fill out the registration form.
The deadline to request support and submit contributed talks is April 25th, 2016.
The general registration deadline is May 1st, 2016.
Support: This conference is generously supported by the National Science Foundation, Elsevier,
and the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University.

CombinaTexas, a combinatorics conference in the South-Central United States, is a semi-annual regional conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing. It is dedicated to the enhancement of both the educational and research atmospheres of the community of combinatorialists and graph theorists in Texas and the surrounding states. The aim of the CombinaTexas series is to increase communication between mathematicians in the region, promote the research of the regional combinatorics community, and provide a forum for presentation and discussion of developments in the field of combinatorics.

Conference Announcements

March 30, 2016: This webpage has been created.
April 29, 2016: The conference schedule has been added.

Location, Transportation, and Parking

All the activities will be held at Blocker Building on the campus of Texas A&M University. The registration and breaks are at Blocker 140-141. All the plenary talks and the Special Session in memory of Kiran Chilakamarri will be at the main lecture room, Blocker 166. For contributed talks, Session A is in Blocker 164, and Session B is in Blocker 148.

Shuttle service from the conference hotel (Home2 Suites) to Blocker building will be provided at 7:45am on both Saturday and Sunday morning. Return shuttle service to the hotel will be provided at 8:00pm after the conference dinner on Saturday evening.

The Northside Garage (NSG) is located directly across from the Blocker Building (BLOC) and has space for visitor parking. During the weekend, you can also park for free at any un-reserved space in a numbered lot, such as Lot 50 and Lot 51. The interactive campus map also lists available parking lots.

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner will be held on Saturday, May 7th in BLOC 141, provided by Buppy's Catering. There will be vegetarian options. It is free for registered participants, and $15.00 for each un-registered guest.


The conference registration page. See the registration section above for deadline information.
The conference hotel, Home2 Suites.
A map of Texas A&M, and driving directions from the College Station airport.
A list of former CombinaTexas conferences.

Conference Schedule

Click each title to reveal the abstract, or download the full schedule.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

08:00am - 08:30am BLOC 140 Registration and Breakfast
08:30am - 09:30am BLOC 166 Neil Robertson (Ohio State University)
+ Excluding the Wagner graph as a topological subgraph
09:30am - 11:00am BLOC 166 Special Session in memory of Kiran Chilakamarri
09:30am - 09:50am Ken Smith (Sam Houston State University) (Slides)
+ The investigative life of Kiran Chilakamarri
09:50am - 10:10am Douglas Klein (Texas A&M University at Galveston)
+ Conjugated-carbon nano-structures
10:10am - 10:30am Craig Larson (Virginia Commonwealth University) (Slides)
+ Automated conjecturing for proof discovery
10:30am - 11:00am General Discussion
11:00am - 11:20am BLOC 140 Break
11:20am - 12:20pm BLOC 166 Guoli Ding (Louisiana State University) (Slides)
+ Forbidden minors for projective planarity
12:20pm - 02:00pm Lunch
02:00pm - 03:00pm BLOC 166 Fu Liu (University of California Davis) (Slides)
+ A combinatorial analysis of Severi degrees
03:10pm - 04:10pm Contributed Session 1
BLOC 164 Session A
03:10pm - 03:30pm Katie Anders (University of Texas at Tyler) (Slides)
+ Odd behavior in the coefficients of reciprocals of binary power series
03:30pm - 03:50pm Christopher O'Neill (Texas A&M University) (Slides)
+ Shifting numerical monoids
03:50pm - 04:10pm Suho Oh (Texas State University) (Slides)
+ A combinatorial problem coming from group theory
BLOC 148 Session B
03:10pm - 03:30pm Ismael Gonzalez Yero (University of Cadiz, Spain)
+ Efficient open and efficient closed domination graphs
03:30pm - 03:50pm Lindsay-Kay Lauderdale (University of Texas at Tyler)
+ Vertex minimal graphs with dihedral symmetry
03:50pm - 04:10pm Cong Kang (Texas A&M University at Galveston)
+ Metric dimension versus zero forcing number
04:10pm - 04:30pm BLOC 140 Break
04:30pm - 05:30pm BLOC 166 Bruno Benedetti (University of Miami) (Slides)
+ Balinski's theorem and regularity of line arrangements
06:00pm - 08:00pm BLOC 141 Conference Dinner (catered)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

08:00am - 08:30am BLOC 140 Breakfast
08:30am - 09:30am BLOC 166 Nick Loehr (Virginia Tech)
+ RSK algorithms and combinatorial Macdonald polynomials
09:40am - 10:40am Contributed Session 2
BLOC 164 Session A
09:40am - 10:00am Kassie Archer (University of Texas at Tyler)
+ Cyclic permutations in grid classes
10:00am - 10:20am Roberto Barrera (Texas A&M University)
+ Envy-free division of cakes and necklaces
10:20am - 10:40am Catherine Yan (Texas A&M University) (Slides)
+ Moments of matching statistics
BLOC 148 Session B
09:40am - 10:00am Eunjeong Yi (Texas A&M University at Galveston)
+ Disjunctive total domination in permutation graphs
10:00am - 10:20am Lucas Rusnak (Texas State University) (Slides)
+ A signed structure theory for oriented hypergraphs
10:20am - 10:40am Ryan Pepper (University of Houston-Downtown)
+ Balancing points and measures of regularity
10:40am - 11:00am BLOC 140 Break
11:00am - 12:00pm BLOC 166 Anne Shiu (Texas A&M University) (Slides)
+ Convex rank tests


Daniela Ferrero (Texas State University)
Luis Garcia-Puente (Sam Houston State University)
Laura Matusevich (Texas A&M University)
Christopher O'Neill (Texas A&M University)
Ken Smith (Sam Houston State University)
Catherine Yan (Texas A&M University)