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Bojan Mohar

Accelerator supplement to graph wizard

October 2, 2008

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Bojan Mohar, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in graph theory with the mathematics department, has received an Accelerator supplement from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

The supplement, granted to only 100 research scientists across Canada, is intended to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of outstanding research programs.

Mohar, who joined SFU in 2005 from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, aims to establish the university as one of the world’s centres for graph theory. "With an extremely strong presence in graph theory in our department, and also in the School of Computer Science, my dreams are coming through," he says.

Graphs are used as models for describing and handling interconnection networks, relations between data sets or modelling in optimization. "This is a branch of modern pure mathematics which has applications not only in mathematics but also in computer science, bioinformatics, and other sciences."

Mohar is currently in the midst of creating with colleagues Matt DeVos and Robert Samal an open, Wikipedia-style forum, or ‘wiki’ on open problems in mathematics. Called the "open problem garden", it will be a central online site where new open problems of academic interest are published and discussed and their full or partial solutions are announced.

Mohar says his research group plans to extend the functionality to other areas of research interest that have been neglected by commercial publishers, professional associations, Google Scholar and others.
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