Mathematical minds from around the globe recently congregated at the University of West Georgia to attend the math department’s seventh Integers Conference. In keeping with this year’s theme, Spanning the Generations, the four-day symposium focused on student research.

Dr. Bruce Landman in glasses, beard, and polo shirt smile in front of a blank blue screen or wallDr. Bruce Landman, professor of mathematics, was the main organizer of the conference, which was funded by his conference grant from the National Science Foundation.

“The theme of this year’s conference is to offer beginning researchers the opportunity to learn from and mingle with more experienced researchers,” he said. “The speakers ranged from undergraduates, who are just starting to delve into research problems, to internationally renowned mathematicians.”

The conference featured three plenary speakers: Professors Robert Hough of Stony Brook University, Alex Iosevich of the University of Rochester and Igor Shplarinski of the University of New South Wales. Sixty additional speakers represented a wide range of career stages, from undergraduate students to distinguished scholars.

According to Landman, this area of mathematics, known as combinatorial number theory, is quite accessible, even to beginning college students. He also sees it as a great opportunity for students and professionals alike.

“The conference offers faculty and students the opportunity to build research teams,” he explained. “Students gain the chance to discuss their subject matters with senior researchers and also get to see what it’s like to have a career in mathematics. The faculty in attendance greatly enjoy the opportunity to share their research ideas with others who find these projects interesting.”

In addition to Landman, the conference organizers included Florian Luca of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), Melvyn Nathanson of the City University of New York, Jaroslav Nesetril of Charles University (Prague) and Richard Nowakowski of Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia). The organizers are also members of the editorial board of the journal Integers. With Landman being the managing editor of the journal, UWG is considered its home.

The proceedings of the Integers Conference 2016 will be published as a special issue of the journal.

Posted on November 11, 2016