Australasian Conference on Combinatorial
Peter Cameron is currently at the University of St Andrews, and is an
emeritus professor at Queen Mary University of London where he spent 26
years. He works in combinatorics, algebra and model theory, and in
particular on the connection between structures and their automorphism
groups; he introduced the term "oligomorphic" for a class of infinite
permutation groups which coincide with the automorphism groups of
countably categorical structures. Among other recent concerns are the
connection between statistical optimality criteria and Laplacian
spectra of graphs.
Despite his recent move to the home of golf, he has
not taken up this sport, but enjoys walking and playing the guitar.
Saad El-Zanati earned his Ph.D. from Auburn University in 1991 under
supervision of Chris Rodger. In the same year, he joined the discrete
mathematics group at Illinois State University. He was promoted to the
rank of professor in 2000 and was named distinguished professor in
2014. Saad’s research focuses on several areas in graph theory and
combinatorial design theory. He has done extensive work on cyclic graph
designs and on vector space partitions.
In his spare time, Saad takes
care of a rural 32-acre homestead with honeybees, chickens, and an
absurdly large garden.
Francetić is a research fellow at the School of Mathematical Sciences,
Monash University. She finished her PhD and MSc at the University of
Toronto under supervision of Prof. Eric Mendelsohn.
Nevena's research interests are broadly in combinatorial design theory.
She finds covering arrays and related structures, hypergraphs and
decomposition problems especially intriguing.
Nevena has a sweet tooth.
At work, she has been spreading her love of Tim-Tams to her colleagues.
Catherine Greenhill started her academic career as an undergraduate at
the University of Queensland, before obtaining a D.Phil. from the
University of Oxford (1992). She held postdoctoral positions
at the University of Leeds and at the University of Melbourne, before
joining UNSW in 2003.
Today she is an Associate Professor
in the School of Mathematics
and Statistics, UNSW. Catherine's research interests lie in asymptotic,
probabilistic and algorithmic
Believe it or not, Catherine knows how to prepare
the liquid that comes out of a tin of chickpeas.
Penny Haxell received her PhD in pure mathematics from the University
of Cambridge in 1993. In the same year, she joined the Department of
Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo, becoming
a full professor in 2004. She spent one year as a visiting professor at
Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in 2002. Her research interests
focus on extremal combinatorics and graph theory.
Penny enjoys travelling
and is excited about her first trip to Australia.
Jonathan Jedwab is a professor of mathematics at Simon Fraser
University, Canada. His research interests are to combine
combinatorial, algebraic, and analytical techniques to solve classical
and emerging problems of digital communications. Before moving to the
magical city of Vancouver in 2003, he worked for 14 years at
Hewlett-Packard Research Labs in the United Kingdom where he used
discrete mathematics to solve practical digital communications
problems. He is a named inventor on 25 granted patents in information
Jonathan looks forward to the latest
In the distant past, Gordon did his PhD at UWA under the joint
supervision of Cheryl Praeger and Brendan McKay. After a short time
overseas, first at Waterloo, and then at Vanderbilt, Gordon returned to
Perth where he has subsequently spent the majority of his working life.
His research interests include graph theory, in particular algebraic
graph theory, matroid theory, and finite geometry, with a particular
emphasis on large-scale computation for mathematical exploration and
His spare time is mostly spent playing grass-court tennis, swimming,
and providing a free 7-day taxi service to his daughters.
Charles Semple started out as a secondary school teacher before
completing his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington under the
supervision of Geoff Whittle. He works in matroid theory and
phylogenetics, and publishes in journals ranging from pure mathematics
and theoretical computer science to mathematical and evolutionary
biology. Charles is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of
Canterbury and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Charles doesn’t mind the odd off-road run.