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Congratulations Tim Wilson and Kevin Hendrey

October 3rd, 2018 by iwanless

Tim Wilson and Kevin Hendrey submitted their PhD theses today, both supervised by David Wood. Congratulations Tim, Kevin and David! Tim’s thesis title is “Anagram-Free Graph Colouring and Colour Schemes”. Kevin’s thesis title is “Extremal Graph Theory for Minors, Improper Colourings and Gonality”.

Tim Wilson and Kevin Hendrey submit their PhD theses

Update February 2019: Both Kevin and Tim have passed. Congratulations Dr Hendrey and Dr Wilson!

Daniel Horsley promoted

September 28th, 2018 by iwanless

Hearty congratulations to Daniel Horsley, who has just been promoted to level D (Associate Professor), effective from 1 Jan 2019.

Congratulations to Kai Siong Yow

September 13th, 2018 by David Wood

Congratulations to Kai Siong Yow, who submitted his PhD thesis on 11th September. The title of the thesis is Tutte-Whitney polynomials for directed graphs and maps. Main supervisor was Graham Farr, associate supervisor was Kerri Morgan.

Update: Kai Siong has passed and his PhD was conferred on 6th February 2019. Congratulations, Dr Yow! Kai Siong is now at the Department of Mathematics, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Doctor Darcy

June 23rd, 2018 by iwanless

Great work by Darcy Best, whose PhD thesis “Transversal This, Transversal That” was officially ratified by the powers-that-be on June 20. So he is now a dinky-di doctor of philosophy. If you have any philosophical ailments, book an appointment. I’m sure his fees are reasonable.

Congratulations Darcy Best

March 28th, 2018 by iwanless

Hearty congratulations to Darcy Best who submitted his PhD thesis today. His thesis is on transversals of Latin squares and related objects, (supervised by Ian Wanless)

Daniel Horsley wins Hall medal

March 11th, 2018 by iwanless

Hearty congratulations to Daniel Horsley, who has been awarded the 2017 Hall medal by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.

The Hall medal recognizes extensive quality research with substantial international impact by Fellows of the ICA in mid-career. Information about the ICA medals can be found at:

Wanless on the box

February 28th, 2018 by David Wood

Ian Wanless’ television career is burgeoning. Tonight he is in action on The Chase.

Harald Bögeholz wins inaugural Anne Penfold Street Prize

December 9th, 2017 by iwanless

Monash PhD student Harald Bögeholz won the inaugural Anne Penfold Street Student Prize, for the best student talk at the conference 5ICC.

Harald’s presentation was entitled “Calculating Connected Components in Huge Graphs by Randomised Contraction”. Warm congratulations to Harald.


5th International Combinatorics Conference a big success

December 9th, 2017 by iwanless

Monash hosted the 5th International Combinatorics Conference from 3-9 December 2017. It was attended by 163 mathematicians and students from Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam (fully justifying the name of the conference!). There were 124 talks, 2 excursions, a public lecture and a memorable dinner.

Invited Speaker at the ICM

November 24th, 2017 by David Wood

Congratulations to Nick Wormald who will be an invited speaker in the Combinatorics section of the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians.