On the Discrete Side of Mathematics

Thursday, October 16, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
LACC 501A (Los Angeles Convention Center)
Ricardo Cortez, PhD, Professor, Tulane University and Angela Gallegos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University

Description: This session highlights different aspects of discrete mathematics; namely, finite algebras, combinatorics, graph theory, prime divisors of sequences, and polynomial dynamics. Although these are typically considered topics in “pure mathematics” and usually developed for their beauty and interesting properties, two speakers will discuss applications to coding theory and information security.

10:15 AM
Introductory Remarks
10:20 AM
Finite non-associative algebras in cryptology
Minerva Cordero-Epperson, PhD , Associate Professor , University of Texas at Arlington
10:40 AM
Boundary cases of Cusick's Conjecture
Luis Medina, PhD , Assistant Professor , University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
11:00 AM
Parking functions and mixed graphs
Amanda Varela-Ruiz, PhD , Postdoctoral Researcher , Harvey Mudd College
11:20 AM
What is the power of 2 that divides your favorite sequence?
Victor Moll, PhD , Professor , Tulane University