Bay Area Discrete Math Day, Spring 2018

Santa Clara University

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The 36th Bay Area Discrete Math Day (BADMath Day) will take place at Santa Clara University on Saturday, April 21, 2018. All talks will be held in the Williman Room in Benson Center.

BADMath Days are one-day meetings aimed at facilitating communication between researchers and graduate students of discrete mathematics around the San Francisco Bay Area. These days happen twice a year and strive to create an informal atmosphere to talk about discrete mathematics. The term "discrete mathematics" is chosen to include at least the following topics: Algebraic and Enumerative Combinatorics, Discrete Geometry, Graph Theory, Coding and Design Theory, Combinatorial Aspects of Computational Algebra and Geometry, Combinatorial Optimization, Probabilistic Combinatorics, Combinatorial Aspects of Statistics, and Combinatorics in Mathematical Physics.


The registration deadline (April 11) has passed.  You are welcome to attend without registering, but only those who registered before the deadline will have lunch provided.   There may be extra meals if there are cancellations, so if you are interested but did not register before April 11, please check in with the local organizers (Nikki Meshkat and Rick Scott) on the day of the conference. 

Lunch: Lunch will be provided on site (Williman Room Patio) with sandwiches from Mission Catering if you registered.

Dinner: There will a be dinner following the conference at the Benson Center in Parlos B & C on the SCU campus (for those who singed up when they registered).   Dinner will be subsidized by donations from Elsevier, A.I.M., and the SCU Mathematics and Computer Science Department.  Due to space constraints, there will be limited seating for dinner.  It will be first registered-first served.  Once the seats are full, the dinner option will be removed from the registration form.  Dinner seats are now all filled.    

Both Lunch and Dinner will be vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. 


All talks will he held in the Williman Room in Benson Center.

9:00-10:00am Welcome and refreshments
10:00-10:30am Natalie Hobson, 
Sonoma State University
A Combinatorial Tool for an Algebraic Problem: Quantum Kostka and Rank One
10:45-11:15am Luis Serrano,
The mathematics of machine learning

11:30-12:30pm Sylvie Corteel,
University of California, Berkeley
Lecture Hall Tableaux

12:30-2:00pm Lunch: Williman Room Patio
2:00-2:30pm Dustin Ross,
San Francisco State University
Hilbert Schemes and Box Counting
2:45-3:15pm Jay Cummings,
Sacramento State University
A new lower bound on van der Waerden numbers

3:15-4:00pm Coffee break
4:00-5:00pm Tom Banchoff,
Brown University
New and Old Developments on Critical Points and Normal Degrees for Embedded Polyhedra
5:30pm Dinner: Parlors B & C (Benson Center)

Directions and Parking

Directions to Santa Clara University can be found on the SCU website. If you are driving, we recommend that you park in the parking structure on your left as you enter through the main gate (Palm Drive). The structure is indicated on this map.  Parking is free on weekends.


If you need a ride, or if you are able to give rides, please contact your local member of the BADMath Committee.

Organizers and Sponsors

The BADMath Committee:

The 36th Bay Area Discrete Mathematics Day is kindly sponsored by