Recent Advances in Linear Algebra and Graph Theory

March 5-6, 2016 (Saturday–Sunday)

Department of Mathematics

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

This conference honors the career of Dr. Ronald L. Smith, upon the occasion of his retirement, in recognition of his many important contributions in linear algebra and graph theory. This meeting aims to stimulate research and to foster interaction of mathematicians in all aspects of linear algebra and graph theory and to provide an opportunity for researchers to exchange ideas and developments on these research areas.

Plenary Speakers

Shaun Fallat

(University of Regina, Canada)

Teresa Haynes

(East Tennessee State University, USA)

Charlie Johnson

(The College of William and Mary, USA)

Tin-Yau Tam

(Auburn University, USA)

Fuzhen Zhang

(Nova Southeastern University, USA)















Please see the Abstracts, the Program, and the List of Participants.

Any concern can be addressed to Xuhua "Roy" Liu.

Registration fee is $10 for each participant (waived for students). This fee covers the conference banquet, for which a guest is expected to pay $10.

For alternative payment methods, please contact Matt Matthews at

Application for travel support is available (online application form), though not guaranteed, with students being considered first. Questions about travel support can be addressed to

The Chattanoogan Hotel (1201 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402)

For this conference, The Chattanoogan will extend the $95.00 rate; however, on Saturday night – there is a two night minimum stay required. This means if someone wants to stay Friday and Saturday nights, they could receive the $95.00 rate and all is good. However, if someone is only interested in staying one night, Saturday night, the $95.00 would not be available to them. Instead, they would pay a higher rate (or opt for two nights Fri.-Sat. or Sat.-Sun. at $95.00 per night).

There is no contracted room block and the rooms are based on availability so please plan ahead and book hotel rooms as early as possible as the price may increase significantly later.

To make reservations, you may call our Hotel Reservations at 800-619-0018 and ask for the UTC rate for the weekend of March 4-7, 2016. Or if you prefer to do things online, please use the following link: UTC March 5 & 6, 2016 Guest Rooms at The Chattanoogan, where you will be able to check availability for the dates they need and make their reservation based on availability. If you book only the Saturday night, the $95.00 rate will no longer be available, but you will be able to make a reservation at the prevailing rate should availability allow.

Conference Site: EMCS Building (Engineering, Math & Computer Science), corner of Vine and Palmetto Street (see campus map).

Free Parking: EMCS Building parking lot (for GPS: 870 E 5th St, Chattanooga, TN 37403).

Airport: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (Code: CHA). We can schedule a pickup at Baggage Claim.

Driving Directions: (1) from Atalanta direction: Follow I-75 N, take Exit 2 for I-24 W toward Chattanooga, take Exit 180A to merge onto Rossville Blvd, turn right onto Central Ave, turn left onto McCallie Ave, turn right onto Palmetto St, keep going and pass Oak St and Vine St, EMCS parking lot is on your left. (Alternative: take Exit 178 on I-24 W for U.S. 27 N toward Downtown Chattanooga, the rest is the same as (3).)

(2) from Knoxville direction: Follow I-75 S, take Exit 2 for I-24 W toward Chattanooga, the rest is the same as (1).

(3) from Birmingham direction: Follow I-59 N, merge onto I-24 E toward Chattanooga, take Exit 178 for U.S. 27 N toward Downtown Chattanooga, take Exit 1C for 4th St toward Downtown, follow 4th St and turn right onto E 5th St, then keep left and follow until (right before the end/stop sign) arriving EMCS Parking lot on your right.

(4) from Nashville direction: Follow I-24 E and take Exit 178 for U.S. 27 N toward Downtown Chattanooga, the rest is the same as (3).

Chattanooga, known as the scenic city and named Outside magazine's Best Town Ever, is proud of its numerous attractions: Rock City, Ruby Falls, Tennessee Aquarium, Walnut Street Bridge, Tennessee Riverpark, Creative Discovery Museum (for kids), etc. See the tripadvisor link or the chattanoogafun link for "Top Things to Do in Chattanooga".

UTC Department of Mathematics

Unum Chair of Excellence in Applied Mathematics

UTC College of Arts & Sciences

UTC Vice Chancellor for Research

UTC Faculty Grants, UC Foundation


Francesco Barioli

(423) 425-2198

Boris Belinskiy

(423) 425-4748

David Debter

(423) 425-4028

Xuhua “Roy” Liu (chair)

(423) 425-4577

Ossama Saleh

(423) 425-4571

Lucas Van Der Merwe

(423) 425-4564

Terry Walters

(423) 425-4575

Jin Wang

(423) 425-4725