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CombinaTexas 2018

CombinaTexas, a combinatorics conference in the South-Central United States, is an 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.

For more information about the CombinaTexas series, click here.

Basic Information: Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX,
February 10-11, 2018. (The Conference will start on Satuday morning and end anound noon of Sunday.)
Registration: The Registration is closed.
The deadline to request support and submit contributed talks is January 26th, 2018.
The general registration deadline is February 1st, 2018.
A limited amount of support is available. The conference will book hotel rooms at Hampton Inn for one night (February 10) for participants who requested financial aid. (Graduate students and postdocs may need to share a double room.) In addition, there is a small amount of support for travel expenses, for which we will give priority to graduate students and recent Ph.Ds with contributed talks. If you are applying for the travel support, please indicate the estimated amount of airfare.
The application for support, as well as submission of contributed talks, should be done through the on-line registration form.

Plenary Speakers

  • Matthias Beck, San Francisco State University.
    • Title: Combinatorial Reciprocity Theorems
  • Matthew Kahle, Ohio State University.
    • Title: Configuration spaces of disks in a strip
  • Caroline Klivans, Brown University.
    • Title: On the connectivity of three-dimensional tilings
  • Kyungyong Lee, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
    • Title: The dimension of the frieze variety
  • Isabella Novik, University of Washington.
    • Title: Face numbers of centrally symmetric polytopes
  • Pavlo Pylyavskyy, University of Minnesota.
    • Title: Zamolodchikov periodicity and integrability

Schedule and Abstracts

All the academic activities will be held at Blocker Building on the Texas A&M Campus; here is an interactive campus map .
Registration and break -- Blocker 140-141
Plenary talks -- Blocker 166
Contributed sessions -- Blocker 166 & 164.

PDF file for schedule only.

PDF file for all the schedule and talks

Saturday, Morning February 10


Shuttle from Hampton Inn to Blocker


Registration and Breakfast (Blocker 140--141)


Plenary Talk 1 Matthias Beck


Contributed Session I


Coffee Break


Plenary Talk 2 Caroline Klivans

Saturday Afternoon, February 10


Plenary talk 3 Pavlo Pylyavskyy


Contributed Session II


Coffee Break


Contributed Session II (cont)


Plenary talk 4 Isabella Novik


Conference Dinner

Sunday, Morning, February 11


Shuttle from Hampton Inn to Blocker




Contributed Session III


Coffee Break


Kyungyong Lee


Matthew Kahle

Location, Transportation, Parking

All the activities will be held at Blocker Building on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Shuttle service from the conference hotel (Hampton Inn) 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.

Texas A&M University is located in College Station, Texas, which by automobile lies about 1 hour and 45 minutes northwest of Houston, 1 hour and 45 minutes east of Austin, and 3 hours south of Dallas. Easterwood Airport in College Station is served by American Airlines (connecting to Dallas) and United Airlines (connecting to Houston). There is also a shuttle service from Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport in Houston and a shuttle service from Austin-Bergstrom Airport.


Hotel reservations for registered participants who receive financial support will be arranged and billed through the Mathematics Department. Details of your reservation will be sent to the provided email address at least one weeks prior to the conference. Participants will be housed at the Hampton Inn College Station . Graduate students should expect to share a room. If you are not receiving financial support from the conference, you can stay in any hotel in town. Below are some hotels that are within walking distance to the conference site. Please check the rate and availability with the hotels directly.

Conference Dinner

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


A map of Texas A&M, and driving directions from the College Station airport.
A list of former CombinaTexas conferences.


This conference is supported in part by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) through its Participating Institution (PI) Program. PI members may use IMA/PI funds to support personnel's travel to this conference."
This conference is also supported in part by National Science Foundation and the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University.


Yue Cai (Texas A&M University)
Laura Matusevich (Texas A&M University)
Jacob White (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
Catherine Yan (Texas A&M University)