## A Combinatorial Object

**Named after: **

Pappus of Alexandria

**Vertices:** 18

**Edges:** 27

**Radius:** 4

**Diameter:** 4

**Girth:** 6

**Automorphisms:**

216

**Chromatic number:** 2

**Chromatic index:** 3

**Properties:**

Symmetric, Distance-transitive, Distance-regular, Cubic, Hamiltonian

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The initiative marks the single largest investment in computing and AI by an American academic institution. See here.

This workshop will bring together many of the leading researchers in this area, both established and rising stars, to discuss the latest advances. See here.

Publication of Handbook of Enumerative Combinatorics; for its review, see here

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Survey combinatorial articles in the recent issue of the Bulletin of the AMS by Gowers and Spielman, see here.

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For the event celebrating Richard Guy's 100th birthday, see here.

Recently, Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications (ICA) called for nominations for the Euler, Hall, and Kirkman medals plus a new Stanton medal to honor significant lifetime contributions to promoting the discipline of combinatorics. See the call here.

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Andrew Suk has determined the correct exponential growth rate for the Erdos-Szekres polygon problem. More info here.

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**Asymptopia**

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The First IPM-Isfahan Workshop on Combinatorics, May 20-22, 2014, IPM-Isfahan Branch, Isfahan, Iran.

Peter Keevash announces a proof of the existence conjecture for combinatorial designs, answering a question of Steiner from 1853. Read his preprint

Professor Amin Shokrollahi a former adjunct professor of school of mathematics of IPM received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal together with Dr. Michael Luby, VP of Technology at Qualcomm, "for the conception, development and analysis of practical rateless codes."

**Combinatorics: Ancient&Modern**

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Yousef Alavi, a native of Iran, Western Michigan University emeritus in mathematics and statistics, died May 21. He was 85.

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An edited version of an interview with John Horton Conway conducted in July 2011 at the first International Mathematical Summer School for Students at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany, published in Notice May 2013 issue.

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**Recent Trends in Discrete Mathematics**, to be held at TIFR, Mumbai during December 17-20, 2012.

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It has been a sad week for the finite geometry community with the recent news that Dan Hughes passed away on October 22. Dan was an enormous influence on the subject, the people, and the drive of our mathematical community; and his sudden passing is a shock to all of us.

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Maria Chudnovsky of Columbia University is named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow for her work on the classifications and properties of graphs.

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Prof. Ravindra Bapat from Indian Statistical Institute will be visiting the School of Mathematics during June 24 - July 7, 2012. He is invited speaker on 5th Conference on Algebraic Combinatorics and Graph Theory at the University of Kashan (July 3 and 4, 2012).

Lectures of Prof. Ravindra Bapat in IPMEndre Szemer�di receives the 2012 Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at the ceremony in Oslo, Norway on May 22. Szemer�di was awarded the Abel Prize "for his fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, and in recognition of the profound and lasting impact of these contributions on additive number theory and ergodic theory."

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Read MoreThe Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2012 to Endre Szemer�di Alfr�d R�nyi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, and Department of Computer Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA "for his fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, and in recognition of the profound and lasting impact of these contributions on additive number theory and ergodic theory."

The Abel Prize Laureate 2012 International PageHerbert Wilf, founding Editor-in-Chief of The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, died on January 7, 2012, after a protracted illness. Wilf's contributions to combinatorics have been immense, and through his papers, books, teaching, lectures, and students, he has had a profound influence on the development of combinatorics for nearly fifty years.

Visit Herbert's homepageThe book entitled "The Legend of the King and the Mathematician" is written by Mehdi Behzad and Naghmeh Samini. Penned on demand of the House of Mathematics of Gie�en in Germany, the play discusses mathematical problems in a legendary framework.

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Dr. Reza Naserasr from LRI, Orsay, France, is visiting School of Mathematics of IPM during December 24, 2011 - January 26, 2012.

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A workshop on Graphs and Algorithms is jointly organized by the School of Mathematics & the School of Computer Science and is scheduled to be held at IPM on June 1-2, 2011. Members of the organizing committee include Saieed Akbari, Gholamreza Khosrovshahi, Mohammad Ali Safari, and Hamid Sarbazi-Azad.

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