LMS-EPSRC Short Instructional Course - Computational Group Theory

Jul 29 2013 - 00:00
Aug 2 2013 - 23:59

University of St. Andrews, UK

Short description of the event: 

The course will introduce students to the four main areas of Computational Group Theory: permutation groups, soluble and p-groups, matrix groups and finitely presented groups. The course will cover typical problems and standard algorithms, along with the analysis of these algorithms and their practical use on a computer.

In the practical sessions there will be some emphasis on using the computer algebra system GAP, a world wide open source project established in 1988. After this course the participants will have a good understanding of what computers can and cannot do with groups and will be able to use GAP to answer their own group theoretic questions. The course aims to appeal to a broad spectrum of students from areas such as Algebra, Topology, Combinatorics and Graph Theory.

The four main lecture course topics are:
- Permutation Groups (Alexander Hulpke, Colorado State University)
- Soluble Groups and p-Groups (Bettina Eick, Technische Universität Braunschweig)
- Matrix Groups/Constructive Recognition (Derek Holt, University of Warwick)
- Finitely Presented Groups (Max Neunhöffer, University of St Andrews)

These lecture courses will be supplemented by tutorial sessions.

Course Website: http://www-circa.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/cgt2013/

Application Form: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B8Y3HR3

Application Deadline 17 June 2013

Numbers will be limited and those interested are advised to make an early application.

*All applicants will be contacted within two weeks after the deadline; information about individual applications will not be available before then*

*In the event of over-subscription preference will be given to UK-based research students*


All research students registered at a UK university will be charged a registration fee of £100. There will be no charge for subsistence costs.

UK-based postdocs will be charged a registration fee of £250, plus half the subsistence costs (£125) £375 in total.

All others (overseas students and postdocs, those working in industry) will be charged a registration fee of £250 plus the full subsistence costs (£250) £500 in total.

All participants must pay their own travel costs (for EPSRC funded students, this should be covered by their DTA).

Fees are not payable until a place on the course is offered but will be due by Friday 19 July.