Algebraic Aspects of Association Schemes and Scheme Rings

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

July 8 to 11, 2008

Conference Photo: Taken on the University of Regina Academic Green, with the Campus Residence Towers in the background, on July 10, 2008.

Standing, from left to right: Allen Herman (organizer), Yugen Takegahara, Joshua Panici, Hugo Rodriguez Ordonez, Peter Dukes, Shaun Fallat, Aidan Roy, Karen Meagher (organizer), Chris Godsil, Alyssa Sankey, Paul-Hermann Zieschang, Harvey Blau, Andrew Woldar, Ilya Ponomarenko, Amir Rahnamai Barghi;
Seated, from left to right: J. Chris Fisher, Hamed Shirazi, Todd Corley, Mitsugu Hirasaka, Akihide Hanaki.
Participants not in photo: Alison Purdy (behind the camera), Shagheyegh Azadi Setayesh, Ryan Tifenbach, Dipra Mitra.

Thank you to all the participants for making the conference interesting and enjoyable!

A special thanks go to Aramark Food Services at the University of Regina and to their staff for doing such a fantastic job of catering all of the breakfasts, lunches, and coffee breaks for the conference, and to Residence Services at the University of Regina for all of their assistance in making our visitor's stay on campus a comfortable one.

As proposed at the conference, we are going to collect a list of open problems concerning Association Schemes and Scheme Rings to be posted online and distributed to the participants. Open problems can be submitted by email to either of the organizers. The submission deadline for the Regina List of Open Problems in Association Schemes, 2008 from conference participants is October 11, 2008.

Last Updated: July 17, 2008.

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Conference Poster: Download the Conference Poster.

Conference Overview:
Research on the subject of association schemes and scheme rings has seen rapid growth recently, with ideas from graph theory and design theory mixing with those of group theory and representation theory to produce a rich and vibrant field of research. Although the diversity of approaches to association schemes and scheme rings is clearly a strength and an exciting aspect of this study, it also makes it difficult for researchers with one perspective to be aware of and fully understand the work that takes a different approach. Further, there is a high potential for ideas from representation theory and group theory to have an impact on the subject of association schemes and scheme rings. The main objective of this conference is to bring together researchers interested in association schemes from both the combinatorial and the representation-theoretic perspectives.

All participants will be encouraged to invite any interested graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in their groups. Participants from these groups may apply for support to cover some of their local expenses.

Organizers:
Karen Meagher (University of Regina) and Allen Herman (University of Regina).

Invited Speakers:
Harvey Blau (Northern Illinios University),
Akihide Hanaki (Shinshu University),
Mikhail Muzychuk (Netanya Academic College)
Paul-Hermann Zieschang (University of Texas)

Travel:
by Air: There are connections to the Regina International Airport from major airports in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, and Minneapolis, as well as several smaller regional connections. Once arriving in Regina, a taxi to the Campus Towers Residences or to Hotels nearby costs $10 to $15 Cdn per person.

by Car: Regina is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, between Winnipeg (a 6-hour drive) and Calgary (8 hours). There are many options for arriving from the USA. We recommend consulting a suitable highway map (Google maps for instance) for detailed planning from your location.

In Regina: The University of Regina can be found at the corner of the Trans-Canada Highway with Wascana Parkway. Take the Wascana Parkway exit North, turn right at the second light. Visitor parking can be found in the first lot on the left for $6 per day.

For information regarding entering Canada, please consult the Going to Canada website.

Accommodation:
On the U of R Campus: The organizers will reserve a block of rooms in the Campus Residences. This is the least expensive and most convenient option, with indoor access to the conference site. You can check out their amenities and current pricing at the Conference Guest Services Homepage and get a close look at the rooms using their Virtual Tour.

For those that wish, additional arrangements for the conference will be made at the Travelodge Hotel and West Harvest Inn. These hotels are the nearest to the University, about a 25 minute walk through a pleasant residential area. Participants are asked to contact these hotels directly. Specific arrangements with these hotels for the conference are as follows:

Travelodge Hotel Regina: (+306-586-3443)
4177 Albert Street, Regina
Conference Rate ($Cdn, per night): Single; $93.95, Double: $103.95, Triple: $118.95, Quad: $133.95, plus taxes totalling 13%.
Group Name: University of Regina Math Conference (You will need to give this to the hotel to get the conference rate.)
Book before: June 6, 2008

West Harvest Inn Regina: (+306-586-6755)
4025 Albert Street, Regina
Conference Rate ($Cdn, per night): Single or Double: $79, plus taxes totalling 13%.
Group Name: University of Regina Math Conference (You will need to give this to the hotel to get the conference rate.)
Book before: June 10, 2008

Information on other hotels and Regina's local tourist attractions can be found at Tourism Regina.

Applying for Support from Conference Funding:
When registering, participants may apply to have some of their local expenses paid for by conference funding. Those that are granted this support will have their registration fee, accommodation in the campus residence, and two meals per day (breakfast and lunch) covered by conference funding. Priority for this extra support will go to students, post-doctoral researchers, and visiting faculty (in that order), with preference for those most in need. The deadline for applying for this extra support is April 30, 2008.

Contributed Talks:
Attendees to the conference are encouraged to give a contributed talk of either 25 or 50 minutes duration. If you wish to give a contributed talk, indicate this when you register. We ask that you email your Title and Abstract (preferrably in LaTeX format) to the conference organizers under the subject "ASSR 2008 Contributed Talk".

Registration is now closed
(You should receive an immediate confirmation of your registration by email. Your name will appear on the list of participants once the organizers process your registration.)

The Conference Registration Fee will be $110 Cdn, payable on arrival.

You may also pre-register for the conference by emailing your name, univeristy affiliation, mailing address, country, email address, and any other relevant information (such as dietary restrictions) to either of the the conference organizers, under the subject "ASSR 2008 Conference Registration".
Please include in your email
1) If you wish to apply for support from the conference (and, if so, indicate whether you are a student, post-doctoral researcher, or faculty)
2) If you would like the orgnaizers to arrange accommodation for you in the campus towers residence,
3) If you wish to give a 30-minute contributed talk at the conference.

You should receive confirmation of your registration from the conference organizers within one week.

A big thank you to the conference sponsors: