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1st IMA Conference on Theoretical and Computational Discrete Mathematics

Date: Tuesday 22 – Wednesday 23 March 2016
Location: The Enterprise Centre, University of Derby


Discrete mathematics is a branch of the mathematical sciences which poses a wide range of challenging research problems and gives rise to important applications in other fields such as computer science, engineering, industry, business, finance and the physical/biological sciences. It is a dynamic subject in which techniques, theories and algorithms are drawn from many different areas, and it offers a diverse and stimulating environment for those whose work lies within it. This is a new area for IMA Conferences that the IMA is pleased to support.

The conference will showcase theoretical and computational advances in the general field of discrete mathematics. It is open to researchers working with mathematical structures and abstract constructs, and to those involved in the theory and practise of discrete algorithmic computing. Results which establish links between different areas of discrete mathematics are welcomed, as are applications and the development of new tools. The purpose of this event is to highlight progress in the field through the development of novel theories, methodologies, and applications accordingly, and to inspire future work.

Extended abstracts are solicited from areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Graph Theory
  • Network Visualisation
  • Combinatorics (Algebraic, Analytic, Enumerative, Extremal, Probabilistic, Geometric, Algorithmic)
  • Number Theory
  • Discrete Probability
  • Matroid Theory
  • Cryptography
  • Computer Science
  • Large-Scale Networks
  • Ordered Sets and Permutations
  • Designs
  • Topology
  • Information Processing
  • Discrete Mathematics of Data Mining
  • Optimization (Discrete, Combinatorial)
  • Theory and Applications of Sequences
  • Operations Research and Analytics

Participants will have the opportunity to submit extended abstracts (3-6 pages in length) for publication in a special conference issue of the online journal 'Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics' (Elsevier). Please note that the publication of an extended abstract will NOT restrict the author(s) from publishing a full-length article on the same topic and with the same title in another journal (possibly with another publisher) provided that the original publication is sufficiently enhanced (i.e. approximately doubled in size). The required LaTeX style-package and template can be found at the following address: More specific instructions relating to online submission will be released closer to the event.

Such a meeting aims to assemble prominent and emerging researchers in discrete mathematics to present new findings and gain a broader snapshot of activity. It is proposed to have both plenary/invited talks and contributed talks, as well as a poster presence. We welcome the participation of graduate students and early career mathematicians, as well as more established academics.  The conference seeks to bring together colleagues from the many different arenas where discrete mathematics is developed and applied, and hopes to both encourage and foster personal collaborations as a result.

Invited Speakers

Tuesday 22 March:
Professor Ernesto Estrada (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, U.K)
Matrix Functions for the Analysis of Large-Scale Networks
Professor Dorin Andrica (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)
From a Result in Analysis to Some Hard Problems in Combinatorial Number Theory

Wednesday 23 March:
Professor Vadim Lozin (Centre For Discrete Mathematics and its Applications, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, U.K)
Breaking the Boundaries: From Structure to Algorithms
Dr. Eric J. Fennessey (B.A.E. Systems Surface Ships Limited, H.M. Naval Base, Portsmouth, U.K.)
Statistical Problems in Discrete Event Simulation

Conference Fees

Early Bird Fees*

IMA Member


Non-IMA Member


IMA Student


Non-IMA Student


Early Bird Fees* will be available until Monday 22 February 2016, after which the fees will be:

IMA Member


Non-IMA Member


IMA Student


Non-IMA Student


*Early Bird Fees must be paid by Monday 22 February 2016 otherwise the higher price will be implemented.

Conference fees include refreshments and lunches throughout the conference, facilities hire and a drinks reception on evening of Tuesday 22 March.

To register for this conference, please download, complete and return the application form by e-mail, fax or by post (see contact details below).

Please refer to conference terms and conditions for booking

Accommodation: Here are the venue’s list of suggested hotels. The University of Derby Enterprise Centre recommends the Jury’s Inn, as this is the closest to the conference venue and can offer our delegates a corporate rate (subject to availability). To obtain this rate please mention to the reservations agent that you will be attending a conference at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre.

Organising Committee

Professor Peter J. Larcombe (University of Derby) = Chair
Dr. David B. Penman (University of Essex) = Co-Chair
Professor Fionn Murtagh (University of Derby)
Dr. A. Frazer Jarvis (University of Sheffield)
Dr. Marcello W. Trovati (University of Derby)
Dr. Nicholas Korpelainen (University of Derby)
Dr. Ovidiu D. Bagdasar (University of Derby)
Dr. Richard Conniss (University of Derby)

For technical or informal queries, please contact Peter Larcombe, Conference Chair:

To register your interest, or for queries, please contact the IMA Conferences Department: e-mail:, tel: +44 (0) 1702 354020, fax: +44 (0) 1702 354 111, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.