Proctor gives invited talks at workshop in Japan

Bob Proctor was one of two invited speakers at the workshop on Algebraic Combinatorics related to Young diagrams and Statistical Physics at the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Kizugawa, Japan, August 6-10, 2012, where he gave a series of three lectures.

Bob’s presentations not only highlighted his own work, but also that of recent Ph.D. recipient Matt Willis, as well as building on work by fellow Carolina math faculty Shrawan Kumar: “In my talks, I indicated how to prove the combinatorial theorem that states that ‘d-complete posets have the hook length property’ using an algebraic geometric theorem of Shrawan Kumar. In the second half of my second talk, I presented the main result from Matt Willis’s thesis.”

Congratulations to Bob on the honor of this invitation to speak at this workshop.

Bob Proctor with Prof. Itaru Terada of the University of Tokyo

Triangle Lectures in Combinatorics

The latest installment of the Triangle Lectures in Combinatorics Workshop meets this weekend at NC State. This NSF-supported biannual conference series was launched by Patricia Hersh of NC State in 2010 with the assistance of Scott Provan from the Department of Statistics and Operations Research at UNC and Ezra Miller of Duke University. These conferences, which have also been held at Carolina and Duke, facilitate interactions not only between combinatorialists from across North Carolina and national visitors, but also with other discrete mathematics interests in other departments. The Workshop was last held in Chapel Hill in Fall 2011, organized by Profs. Prakash Belkale, Robert Proctor, and Richard Rimanyi from the Department of Mathematics, and Profs. Gabor Pataki and Scott Provan from the Department of Statistics and Operations Research.