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February 19, 2009

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Professors to Lead National Conference to Enhance Computer Science, Math Research Interactions

Mahdavi, Koslover and Brown

Dr. Kazem Mahdavi, professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Tyler, will lead a prestigious national conference to enhance research interactions among the computer science and mathematics fields, Dr. Arlene Horne, associate vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

Interactions between Representation Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Category Theory, and Quantum Information Theory” will be Oct. 1 – 4, 2009 at UT Tyler and will bring national experts from institutions including Harvard University, Microsoft, IBM and the United States Army Research Lab.  

UT Tyler faculty Dr. Leonard Brown, assistant professor of computer science, and Dr. Deborah Koslover, assistant professor of mathematics, both will co-lead the conference with Mahdavi.
The National Science Foundation serves as sponsor, awarding UT Tyler $10,000 to host the conference.  

“Bringing a conference of this caliber to UT Tyler benefits everyone not just the university,” said Mahdavi. “The conference will explore the connections between various theories in computer science, math and physics, which are interrelated and have motivated each other’s development."

A faculty member since 2005, Mahdavi holds a Ph.D. from
Binghamton University in New York. He serves as co-primary investigator for the university’s Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics program and has successfully directed 15 research grants from the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency.

Brown holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. A faculty member since 2003, his research interests include database management and multimedia systems. He served as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration faculty fellow in 2004.

Koslover holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine. Her research interests include mathematical physics and engineering. A faculty member since 2005, Koslover’s memberships include the American Mathematical Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Mathematical Association of America.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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