Mathematics and Computer Science Seminars

The Mathematics and Computer Science Seminar topics range widely, but typically focus on original research, technical exposition, snapshots of working life, or teaching.

Seminar Schedule (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Seminar attendees are invited to gather at 15 minutes prior to the talk to partake of light refreshments and to socialize.

9/23, 2019

Opportunities in Math, CS, and Physics

David Latimer (physics), Jake Price (math), Adam Smith (CS), and Courtney Thatcher (math)

University of Puget Sound

4pm, Thompson 395


Are you interested in summer programs in math, CS, or physics but don’t know where to start? Would you like be more involved during the semester but don’t know what activities exist? Are you interested in graduate school but don’t know how to prepare? Do you wonder what jobs are available after you graduate? Come to the first talk of the semester and hear about opportunities in math, CS, and physics. There will be plenty of time for questions, too.

10/14, 2019

An Introduction to Configurations, k-Configurations, and Superconfigurations
Benjamin Peet
Department of Mathematics

St. Martin’s University


4pm, Thompson 395


This presentation will begin by exploring the definition of a configuration of points and lines. That is, an arrangement of points so that: 1) no pair of points are on more than one line, 2) each point is on the same number of lines as any other, and 3) each line has the same number of points. We will then proceed to an investigation of what an extension to a "configuration" of points and planes
might look like. These will be referred to in general as k-configurations. Finally, the notion of a superconfiguration of points, lines, and planes is introduced, where the points and lines form a (1-) configuration; the lines and planes form a (1-) configuration; and the points and planes form a 2-configuration. A number of examples will be presented throughout as well an exploration of the computational aspects of finding configurations and their automorphism groups.

11/4, 2019

Chris Swierczewski
Amazon Web Services


4pm, Thompson 395



11/11, 2019

Yajun An
University of Washington Tacoma


4pm, Thompson 395



12/09, 2019

Jeremy Upsal
University of Washington


4pm, Thompson 395