Vol 16, No 2

The Second Pacific Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) Congress was held in Shanghai, China, June 24-28, 2013. With more than 800 registered participants from around the world, the conference was the second biggest mathematical event that ever took place in China (second only to the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) held in Beijing, China, August 20-28, 2002).

Highlights of the conference were 2 public lectures, given by Ronald Graham (University of California, San Diego) and Cédric Villani (Université de Lyon and Institut Henri Poincaré). There were also 11 plenary lectures and 23 special sessions.

The special session on Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics consisted of 22 lectures covering the frontier of many research areas, presented by the following invited speakers:

Eiichi Bannai (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Andreas Brandstädt (University of Rostock), David Bryant (University of Otago), L. Sunil Chandran (Indian Institute of Science), Nikolai Dolbilin (Steklov Mathematical Institute), Andreas Dress (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Stefan Grünewald (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Michel Habib (University Paris Diderot Paris 7), Pinar Heggernes (University of Bergen), Pavol Hell (Simon Fraser University), Jing Huang (University of Victoria), Jan Kratochvíl (Charles University), Jack Koolen (University of Science and Technology of China), Brendan McKay (Australian National University), Jaroslav Nešetřil (Charles University), Sang-il Oum (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Bruce Reed (McGill University), Moshe Rosenfeld (University of Washington Tacoma), Jayme L. Szwarcfiter (Universidade Fed. do Rio de Janeiro), Mikhail Tyaglov (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Ryuhei Uehara (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Xuding Zhu (Zhejiang Normal University).

This special issue of Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science collects papers related to work that was presented at this special session and in some further pertinent contributions. We would like to thank all participants (invited speakers, authors, and anonymous referees) for their presence and contribution.

Andreas Dress, Jing Huang, and Yaokun Wu




Laci Babai and some of his students and mentees, OSU, March 23, 2010

Vol 13, No 4: special issue in honor of Laci Babai's 60th birthday: Combinatorics, Groups, Algorithms, and Complexity

Laci Babai and some of his students and mentees, OSU, March 23, 2010 Left to right: back row, standing: Paolo Codenotti, Péter P. Pálfy, Ákos Seress, Zhihao Liu, Denis Pankratov, Sourav Chakraborty squatting behind the sofa: Gábor Tardos, Robert Beals, Péter Hajnal front row, seated: Igor Gorodezky, Satya V. Lokam, Katalin Friedl, László Babai, Éva Tardos, Lajos Rónyai, Joshua Grochow


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Vol 12, No 4 (2010)

This special issue of Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science is dedicated to the second edition of the conference AutoMathA: from Mathematics to Applications. It was held at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Liège, Belgium, From 8th to 12th June 2009. A first edition of this conference took place in Mondello, Italy, in June 2007.

This event is the main conference of the AutoMathA programme of the European Science Foundation. This five-year multidisciplinary programme 2005 - 2010, at the crossroads of mathematics, theoretical computer science and applications, gathers 14 European countries. The goal of AutoMathA is to propose a set of co-ordinated actions for advancing the theory of automata and for increasing its application to challenging scientific problems.

The conference consisted of 12 invited talks: J. Berstel, A. Bertoni, Z. Ésik, I. Walukiewicz, J.-F. Raskin, A. de Luca, F. D'Alessandro, N. Schweikardt, S. Dolev, H. J. Hoogeboom, M. Bojańczyk and 21 contributed talks. We had 72 participants working in Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey.

The session of Wednesday 10th was devoted to the memory of Stefano Varricchio and his contribution to theoretical computer science and mathematics with special talks given by Aldo de Luca, Christian Choffrut and Flavio D'Alessandro.

Submission to this special issue was open to papers in any of the areas related to the AutoMathA programme.

We would like to thanks all the participants, the invited speakers, the program committee of the conference and the anonymous referees who made possible this event and special issue. Each paper has been peer-reviewed. We would also like to thank again the European Science Foundation, the University of Liège and the Belgian funds for research FNRS for their support.

V. Bruyère, J.-E. Pin, A. Restivo and M. Rigo,
Liège, 4th October 2010.














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