UPDATE: EVENT CANCELLED. Unfortunately, due to changes in travel circumstances, this event is cancelled. We will try to reschedule Jed’s talk for a future date, most likely in the Fall.

On Monday, March 16th, Jed Yang from Bethel University will be giving a seminar talk entitled “Counting tilings with computers”, which should be of interest to both math and computer science students. An abstract for the talk can be found below. The talk will start at 3:30pm in Olin 321, with refreshments beginning at 3:15pm.

The department looks forward to seeing you there!

TITLE: Counting tilings with computers

How many ways can a region be tiled by a collection of tiles? This is a

hard computational question in general, but we can study specific simple

cases. For example, using dominoes, we can produce the familiar

Fibonacci numbers by counting tilings. How can we distinguish which

tiles are sufficiently interesting (mathematically) to warrant further

study? Perhaps computer software can help. In this talk, we will

approach tiling problems from both math and computer science

perspectives, discuss some ideas and tools from both fields, and

illustrate a role computer science can play in pure math research.

(Includes joint work with math and computer science undergraduate students.)