A successful 10th edition of the International PhD Summer School in Discrete Mathematics was hosted between 26 June and 2 July. The event is organised jointly by UP IAM and UP Famnit, and is traditionally held the last week of June in Rogla. This year, 65 participants from all over the world had the opportunity to discuss their research work and attend various lectures.
The two mini-course lectures were once again given by two prominent names in the field of discrete mathematics:
- Michel Lavrauw, Sabancı University, Turkey: »Algebraic and geometric methods in tensor theory« and
- Mikhail Muzychuk, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: »Coherent Configurations, Weisfeiler-Leman algorithm and Graph Isomorphism Problem«.
Participants had the opportunity to listen to these invited speakers:
- Edwin van Dam, Tilburg University: »Pseudo-geometric strongly regular graphs with a regular point«,
- Robert Jajcay, Comenius University Bratislava: »Group based constructions of $k$-regular graphs of large girth and small degree«,
- Daniel Kráľ (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic): »Spectral method in extremal combinatorics« and
- Tamás Szőnyi, Eötvös Loránd University and University of Primorska: »On large minimal blocking sets in projective planes of square order«.
Over the past decade, nearly 700 professors, researchers, and students from all over the world have attended the Summer School. Many of them return to Rogla again every year, which shows the exceptional popularity and quality of this scientific event.
»Having the opportunity to listen to the most recent results in the field of Mathematics, from many extraordinary professors and students, has been incredibly inspiring for me. Not only did I learn a lot, but I've made some amazing acquaintances and friendships. The beautiful scenery of Rogla is just like a cherry on top. Events like this help in widening our network, opening new opportunities, and just making learning fun«, said Ajla Šehović, one of the participants.
Students participated in the traditional competition for the Best Student Talk Award. This year's award was given to Sam Adriaensen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) for the talk »Stability of Erdos-Ko-Rado Theorems in Circle Geometries«. The committee consisted of Ted Dobson, Aleksander Malnič, and Russ Woodroofe; the award is free participation at next year's 11th PhD Summer School in Discrete Mathematics. The committee also awarded an honorable mention to Krisztina Szilagyi (Utrecht University) for her talk »Polynomial Kernel For Face Cover«.
Rene Rodriguez Aldama, one of the participants, summarized the conference as a great opportunity for students to present their work: »The Summer School in Discrete Mathematics gathers experts from the field, and PhD students have the unique opportunity to discuss different lines of research and expose their current work. This year we had the privilege to listen to distinguished invited speakers: Edwin van Dam, Robert Jajcay, Daniel Král’, and Tamás Szőnyi. For me, the fact that students can present their work in such an international setting is an incredible opportunity. The recreational activities were also a success: pancakes, karaoke, dance, and lots of fun. The cool weather and beautiful landscape at about 1500 m above sea level, just added extra value to the conference.«
Find out more about the Summer School and the lecturers here.