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Best paper prize

January 23rd, 2016 by David Wood

Ron Steinfeld and colleagues won the best paper prize at ASIACRYPT 2015. The paper is “Improved security proofs in lattice-based cryptography: using the Rényi divergence rather than the statistical distance” by Shi Bai, Adeline Langlois, Tancrède Lepoint, Damien Stehlé, and Ron Steinfeld. The prize included a T-shirt with part of the prize-winning paper printed on it!

Raining visitors!

October 31st, 2015 by iwanless

We don’t always keep this page up to date with visitors and this might explain why: We’re having a happy deluge of them!!
In a period of a little more than a month we’re hosting:

Jason Gao (Carleton University)
Krzysztof Choromanski (Google research)
Nick Cavenagh (University of Waikato)
Marston Conder (University of Auckland)
Gautam Appa (London School of Economics)
Reshma Ramadurai (University of Waikato)
Saad El-Zanati (Illinois State University)
Penny Haxell (University of Waterloo)

It’s great to have so many talented people visiting to talk maths — it makes for a very vibrant atmosphere of ideas.

Michael Payne wins a fellowship

October 31st, 2015 by iwanless

Fantastic news in the latest round of ARC funding, with Michael Payne winning a DECRA Fellowship. The subject of the fellowship is geometric graph theory.

David and Heiko get promoted

October 31st, 2015 by iwanless

Congratulations to David Wood, who has been promoted to Professor! This puts him on level E, the highest in the Australian system, and is a significant honour.

Congratulations also to Heiko Dietrich, who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer (level C). Again this is a strong endorsement of his academic performance.

Nick and Jane secure funding

October 31st, 2015 by iwanless

Congratulations to Nick Wormald and Jane Gao who have just been awarded a Discovery Grant by the Australian Research Council for them to study generation of random networks.

At The Laborastory

May 1st, 2015 by David Wood

Sarada Herke, a postdoc in our group, recently gave a fascinating and inspiring talk at The Laborastory about Salman Khan, social entrepreneur in mathematics and science education. More recently, Ian Wanless spoke about Leonard Euler. And even more recently, Padraig Ó Catháin spoke about James Joseph Sylvester.

Congratulations Jayama!

March 27th, 2015 by iwanless
The traditional "Fountain Shot"

The traditional "Fountain Shot"

Jayama Mendis today (27/3/15) submitted her PhD thesis entitled “Autoparatopisms of Latin Squares”. The thesis was supervised by Ian Wanless, with Daniel Horsley as the associate supervisor.

The thesis is submitted

The thesis is submitted

Michael Payne graduates

February 20th, 2015 by David Wood

Michael Payne recently graduated with his PhD degree from Melbourne University. His thesis, supervised by David Wood, is titled Combinatorial geometry of point sets with collinearities. Michael’s undergraduate degree was at Monash, where his honours thesis was supervised by Ian Wanless. Michael is currently completing a post-doc at Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Michael Payne and partner Nu.

Darcy wins CMSA prize

December 11th, 2014 by iwanless

Congratulations to PhD student Darcy Best on winning the CMSA Prize for the best student talk at the recent 38th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing (ACCMCC) at Victoria University in Wellington NZ.  Darcy’s talk was titled `Transversals in Latin Squares’.  Main Supervisor is Ian Wanless and Associate Supervisor is Daniel Horsley.  You can see a list of all past CMSA Prize winners, along with information on the prize and its criteria, at

Daniel at the laborastory

November 6th, 2014 by David Wood

Daniel Horsley will be talking about Georg Cantor at the Laborastory at the Spotted Mallard on November 19. Listen to Daniel’s wonderful talk here,