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conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

Private information retrieval

Yesterday I was at a meeting on this subject at Royal Holloway, organised by Simon Blackburn. The subject is relatively young; it began in 1995 with a paper by Chor, Goldreich, Kushilevitz and Sudan. At the meeting, Alex Vardy gave … Continue reading

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Young Researchers in Mathematics conference

You still have a chance to register for this exciting conference: the deadline has been extended until 8 July. (You can read my report of the 2011 YRM here.) Below is the invitation from the organisers. Registration for the Young … Continue reading

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Designs, graphs and combinatorics in Istanbul

The 3rd Istanbul conference on Design Theory, Graph Theory and Combinatorics took place this week, at Koç University, just north of the city. This is a modern, privately funded university, about ten years old, and already claims to be punching … Continue reading

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How the light got in, 2016

After two days in Hay-on-Wye at How the Light Gets In, I am back (temporarily) in London, my next gigs (in fairly quick succession) Oxford, Istanbul, and Lisbon. Unlike the deep Glastonbury-style mud of two years ago, we had lovely … Continue reading

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Permutation groups in Bristol

On 1 June, a meeting of the “Groups and Applications” triangle was held in Bristol. (This peripatetic meeting was a long thin triangle with vertices London, Birmingham and Manchester, but with the inclusion of Bristol it is not clear what … Continue reading

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The end of the conference

The last day of the conference was over. Here are a couple of closing remarks. We have certainly heard an amazing collection of talks over the last week! I didn’t yet mention the other short course, given by Simeon Ball … Continue reading

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Green on derangements

I have to mention Ben Green again. Yesterday he gave a lovely colloquium talk on a problem I had cracked my head against some years ago without much success. As usual with derangements, the story begins with a classical result: … Continue reading

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