Graph Theory

The main focus is on structural and algorithmic point of views. The team established expertise includes problems such as finding large cycles in a given graph, graph colorings, covering problems, and extremal graph theory. For example, some team members are particularly interested in Thomassen’s conjecture: Every 4-connected line graph is Hamiltonian. Finding sufficient and computationally tractable conditions for a graph to be Hamiltonian is of significant importance from both theoretical and algorithmic viewpoints as Hamiltonicity is an NP-hard problem.

Generalization of such problems has also been recently considered for edge- or vertex-colored graphs. For example, one may look for properly colored spanning trees in an edge- or a vertex-colored graph. Alternatively, one may look for a dominating set in a vertex colored graph having at least one vertex from each color. Beside their theoretical interest, these extensions have applications in areas including biocomputing and web problems.

Many of the questions we consider can be stated in terms of (integer) linear optimization that is an expertise of new members of the team with research interests focusing on the combinatorial, computational, and geometric aspects of linear optimization. In this regard the aim would be to investigate recent results illustrating the significant interconnection between the most computationally successful algorithms for linear optimization and its generalizations, and the geometric and combinatorial structure of the input. Ideally, the deeper theoretical understanding will ultimately lead to increasingly efficient algorithms. Most of our research collaborations involve French research groups including LaBRI, LIRMM, LIAFA, and LIMOS as well as research groups in Europe, North America, China, Japan, India and South America.

Designing truthful mecanism

-- Victor Glaser (LISN, Galac)

summary: In this presentation, we will focus on the generalization of knapsack budgeting. Given a set of projects and a budget, each voter selects a subset of projects; we want to maximize social welfare. Different measures can describe this (maximizing the minimum utility of the players, maximizing the sum of ...

Classification of truth revealing social choice algorithms

-- Valentin Dardilhac (LISN, Galac)

summary: The talk will be on the field of social choices. A group of players
want to choose a subset of a set of objects respecting some properties
(maximal weight of the subset, maximal amount of objects in the subset, ...). To do so, they vote and use a social choice ...

Acyclic colorings of graphs and the probabilistic method

-- Quentin Chuet (LISN, Galac)

summary: Graph colorings have been extensively studied for the past century, due to the richness of the theory and its numerous applications. Part of the current research focuses on constrained colorings, and how their properties differ from proper colorings. When we require that, in a proper coloring, no (even) cycle ...

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