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Thomas Zaslavsky

Professor

Mathematical Sciences

Background

My research is in combinatorics, especially matroids and their connections with combinatorial geometry and graph theory. The main topic of my work is signed, gain, and biased graphs. These are graphs with additional structure that leads to new graphical matroids and other new kinds of graph theory, such as colorings and geometrical representations, of which ordinary graphical matroids, colorings, etc., are special cases. In combinatorial geometry I work on arrangements of hyperplanes and lattice-point counting. Other research interests are in graph theory and in generalizing Sperner's theorem.

Education

  • BS, City College of New York
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Combinatorics
  • graph theory

Awards

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2009-2010