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Algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and game theory

Research activity

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1.01.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Mathematics   
1.07.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Computer intensive methods and applications   

Code Science Field
P110  Natural sciences and mathematics  Mathematical logic, set theory, combinatories 

Code Science Field
1.01  Natural Sciences  Mathematics 
algebraic graph theory, permutation groups, Schur rings, regularity, covering techniques, algorithmic graph theory, probability, mathematical biology, game theory
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Researchers (42)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  23201  PhD Iztok Banič  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  185 
2.  29452  PhD Barbara Boldin  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2015 - 2020  80 
3.  34686  PhD Irina Elena Cristea  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  151 
4.  30824  PhD Maja Čevnik  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2015 
5.  31096  PhD Matevž Črepnjak  Mathematics  Researcher  2017 - 2018  119 
6.  34109  PhD Edward Tauscher Dobson  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2020  74 
7.  34384  PhD Karla Ferjančič  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2018  20 
8.  52892  PhD Blas Fernandez  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2020  22 
9.  37715  PhD Slobodan Filipovski  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2019  35 
10.  04997  PhD Janko Gravner  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2020  71 
11.  36761  PhD Tatiana Romina Hartinger  Computer intensive methods and applications  Researcher  2015 - 2017  19 
12.  32518  PhD Ademir Hujdurović  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2018  104 
13.  08724  PhD Aleksandar Jurišić  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  209 
14.  25997  PhD Istvan Kovacs  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2020  214 
15.  24997  PhD Klavdija Kutnar  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2020  250 
16.  18893  PhD Bojan Kuzma  Mathematics  Researcher  2019 - 2021  316 
17.  23501  PhD Boštjan Kuzman  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2019  249 
18.  02507  PhD Aleksander Malnič  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  247 
19.  54833  Sara Pia Marinček  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2020 
20.  02887  PhD Dragan Marušič  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  597 
21.  21656  PhD Štefko Miklavič  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  201 
22.  30211  PhD Martin Milanič  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2020  305 
23.  52908  PhD Graham Luke Morgan  Mathematics  Researcher  2019 - 2020  38 
24.  25610  PhD Marko Orel  Mathematics  Researcher  2019 - 2021  77 
25.  37553  PhD Safet Penjić  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2020  48 
26.  10013  PhD Mihael Perman  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2020  202 
27.  35521  PhD Pawel Petecki  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016 
28.  50673  Nevena Pivač  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2017 - 2020  27 
29.  32026  PhD Rok Požar  Mathematics  Researcher  2017 - 2021  42 
30.  15851  PhD Martin Raič  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  26 
31.  37541  PhD Alejandra Ramos Rivera  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  17 
32.  51979  Federico Romaniello  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2018 
33.  29820  PhD Dragan Stevanović  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2016  134 
34.  23341  PhD Primož Šparl  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  185 
35.  28229  PhD Aljaž Ule  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  107 
36.  50720  PhD Žiga Velkavrh  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2017 - 2020  14 
37.  28586  PhD Gabriel Verret  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2016  62 
38.  30920  PhD Janoš Vidali  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  26 
39.  27559  PhD Vito Vitrih  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2018  110 
40.  50355  PhD Russell Stephen Woodroofe  Mathematics  Researcher  2018 - 2020  80 
41.  35519  PhD Ana Zalokar  Mathematics  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018 
42.  03430  PhD Janez Žerovnik  Mathematics  Researcher  2015 - 2016  802 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0101  Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics  Ljubljana  5055598000  19,657 
2.  1540  University of Nova Gorica  Nova Gorica  5920884000  13,854 
3.  1669  University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Insitute  Koper  1810014007  10,502 
The proposed research program is a continuation of the existing research program Algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and game theory (P1-0285), lead by Dragan Marušič. It includes the following organizations: the University of Primorska, the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics, and the University of Nova Gorica. The research program is of intra- and inter-disciplinary nature. Namely, it combines different parts of the following areas of mathematics: algebra, combinatorics with graph theory (discrete mathematics), probability, mathematical modeling and game theory with computer simulations. The program follows research goals pertaining to different fields. At the same time it creates a space for interaction of mathematicians within the Ljubljana-Koper-Nova Gorica triangle, thus contributing to the development of the university environment in the Primorska region. Combinatorial language can often provide useful insights when studying structural properties of certain algebraic objects such as permutation groups. Conversely, when investigating structural properties of combinatorial objects admitting transitive group actions (or possibly intransitive actions with a small number of orbits), one often relies on purely algebraic results. An example of such a fruitful interplay is the main topic of the proposed program, which draws together open questions from combinatorics and algebra: groups acting on graphs, structural properties of graphs with prescribed symmetry, graph covers, blocks of imprimitivity, algebraic aspects, Schur rings and coherent configurations, etc. In addition, interactions of combinatorics and algebra with other mathematical disciplines as well as its applications in other sciences, mathematical biology, probability and game theory are studied. The research program group has been publishing its main results in prestigious international specialized journals. Recently, the group has started to disseminate the results also in highly ranked scientific general journals such as Journal of the European Math. Society, Transactions of the American Math. Society, and Science. In the course of the last few years the research program group hosted many leading world experts, mostly as short term visits, but some of them also for a longer period. In the future the group will try to attract even more renowned visitors as well as postdoctoral researchers, and will continue to be active in organizing international scientific meetings with distinguished participants (see http://www.famnit.upr.si/en/conferences/). The international importance of the results obtained by the members of the group and the goals of the proposed program are well reflected in the number of publications in prestigious SCI journals and the number of pure WoS citations.
Significance for science
Apart from Art, Mathematics is the only universal language of human communication present in all developed civilizations. It is a basis of Natural Sciences and lies in the heart of theoretical Computer Science. Abstract mathematical theories are used in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science and also in Social, Economic and Biomedical sciences. Therefore the influence of Mathematics may be expected in several important areas of human activities, which will have a crucial impact in the 21st century, such as modern Economy, Safe Communications, Data protection, Decoding of Humane Genome. The program stands at the cutting edge of today's research in all of the proposed areas. The obtained results will certainly help to better understand the subtle connections between Algebra and Combinatorics, and Graph Theory in particular. Structural results about objects, measured by the degree of their symmetry, are important in general, not only in mathematics but also in other sciences; for example in chemistry and in the theory of elementary particles. Also our work on probability extends well beyond a strictly mathematical framework, with significant consequences in other sciences. Let as only mention Genetics as one of the most propulsive fields of research today. The multidisciplinary aspect gives additional value to this program, with problems, solutions and results being reflected in hot areas of research such as, experimental economy and the theory of expectations. In particular, the problem of human cooperation is one of the most important recent research topics, with research results frequently published in highest ranked scientific journals such as Science and Nature. The importance of our research goals is evident from the bibliographies of the group members for the period 2009-14, from the citations of obtained results, numerous links with foreign scientists and comprehensive world bibliography in general. As with the results from the period 2009-14 we can also expect that the results obtained during the proposed program will be published in prestigious international journals and presented at international conferences. Consequently, this will give further recognition to Slovenian mathematical school in Algebra, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Probability, Mathematical Biology and Game Theory.
Significance for the country
With the proposed program Slovenia will keep in touch with modern trends in mathematics. Moreover, with inclusion of Game Theory it goes hand in hand with contemporary methods of mathematical modeling based on computer simulations and laboratory verifications. But first of all the proposed program is important for Slovenia because of its aim to continue with the improvement of the good quality, world comparable School of Mathematics in UP FAMNIT which was established by this group in 2007, and already enjoy international recognition, especially with the outstanding scientific achievements. »In the past years I successfully competed at many national and international mathematical contests. I like the fact that Famnit supports me at this and I also appreciate the opportunity to participate at the research at my age. ... The one thing I’m sure of is that mathematics will play an important role in my life.« Ratko Darda, undergraduate Math student at UP from BiH, Bronze medal on International Mathematical Olympiad 2012 (Argentina), Bronze medal on International Mathematical Olympiad 2011 (Netherlands). »... UP FAMNIT is young and small and so I can ask quite a lot of questions at and after the classes and feel that my interest is welcome, which is important for me. ... Professors, PhD students and researchers are coming here from all over the world and not only that they teach us – we can talk to them outside the classes about mathematics, their countries or anything else. We also get to participate in math competitions, summer schools and conferences. Since I am here, studying has been a very enjoyable process for me. I feel I got in the right place. ...« Anastasiya Tanana, undergraduate Math student at UP from Belarus, 2nd Prize at International Mathematical Competition for University Students 2013 (Bulgaria), Silver medal on International Mathematical Olympiad 2012 (Argentina), Bronze medal on International Mathematical Olympiad 2011 (Netherlands). »I come from Mexico where I studied at the National University of Mexico. I enrolled in a PhD programme on Famnit because it was a great opportunity for me to continue my studies in one of the strongest research groups in the area I’m most interested in – the Algebraic Graph Theory. ... I also want to highlight all the chances the faculty provides for participation at international conferences and vivid cooperation with research groups from all around the globe.« Sergio Hiroki Koike Quintanar, Young researcher at UP IAM and PhD student at UP FAMNIT. »After finishing my PhD at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, I came to Koper, where I have the opportunity to work with mathematicians like prof. Dragan Marušič and prof. Aleksander Malnič, who are experts in my research area. The research group has a very good international reputation and developed strong cooperation with mathematicians from abroad. ...« Jicheng Ma, PhD, Post-doc researcher at UP IAM. »I study symmetry in graphs and here at UP Famnit they have one of the best programmes in the world. Since they are very active in organizing conferences and workshops basically everyone from this scientific field comes to UP FAMNIT so this is where I meet the world.« Prof. Edward T. Dobson, Mississippi State University, USA and UP. The members of the group believe that among all ways of knowledge transfer, the most important is the transmission of experience and knowledge from older generations to young. Therefore they encourage the participation of students in their projects – this way their projects get new drive and students get experience, and insight in practical use of gained knowledge. These stormy times of social changes call for an even tighter incorporation of Mathematics into scientific research and education thus enabling a faster technological development in Slovenia. Our group already has many experiences in this field. With the proposed program which has a clear interdisciplinary flavor with its inclusion
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report
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