Maria Chudnovsky, Induced subgraphs and tree decompositions

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Tree decompositions are a powerful tool in structural graph theory; they are traditionally used in the context of forbidden graph minors. Connecting tree decompositions and forbidden induced subgraphs has until recently remained out of reach. Tree decompositions are closely related to the existence of "laminar collections of separations" in a graph, which roughly means that

Petr Hliněný, Twin-width is linear in the poset width

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Twin-width is a new parameter informally measuring how diverse are the neighbourhoods of the graph vertices, and it extends also to other binary relational structures, e.g. to digraphs and posets. It was introduced quite recently, in 2020 by Bonnet, Kim, Thomassé, and Watrigant. One of the core results of these authors is that FO model checking on graph classes of

Péter Pál Pach, The Alon-Jaeger-Tarsi conjecture via group ring identities

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The Alon-Jaeger-Tarsi conjecture states that for any finite field $\mathbb{F}$ of size at least 4 and any nonsingular matrix $M$ over $\mathbb{F}$ there exists a vector $x$ such that neither $x$ nor $Mx$ has a 0 component. In joint work with János Nagy we proved this conjecture when the size of the field is sufficiently

Paul Seymour, Polynomial bounds for chromatic number

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The Gyárfás-Sumner conjecture says that for every forest $H$, there is a function $f$ such that the chromatic number $\chi(G)$ is at most $f(\omega(G))$ for every $H$-free graph $G$ ("$H$-free" means with no induced subgraph isomorphic to $H$, and $\omega(G)$ is the size of the largest clique of $G$). This well-known conjecture has been proved only for a

Martin Milanič, Tree Decompositions with Bounded Independence Number

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The independence number of a tree decomposition $\mathcal{T}$ of a graph is the smallest integer $k$ such that each bag of $\mathcal{T}$ induces a subgraph with independence number at most $k$. If a graph $G$ is given together with a tree decomposition with bounded independence number, then the Maximum Weight Independent Set (MWIS) problem can

Sebastian Wiederrecht, Matching Minors in Bipartite Graphs

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Matching minors are a specialisation of minors which preserves the existence and elementary structural properties of perfect matchings. They were first discovered as part of the study of the Pfaffian recognition problem on bipartite graphs (Polya's Permanent Problem) and acted as a major inspiration for the definition of butterfly minors in digraphs. In this talk

Tuukka Korhonen, Fast FPT-Approximation of Branchwidth

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Branchwidth determines how graphs, and more generally, arbitrary connectivity (basically symmetric and submodular) functions could be decomposed into a tree-like structure by specific cuts. We develop a general framework for designing fixed-parameter tractable (FPT) 2-approximation algorithms for branchwidth of connectivity functions. The first ingredient of our framework is combinatorial. We prove a structural theorem establishing

David Munhá Correia, Rainbow matchings

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I will discuss various results for rainbow matching problems. In particular, I will introduce a ‘sampling trick’ which can be used to obtain short proofs of old results as well as to solve asymptotically some well known conjectures. This is joint work with Alexey Pokrovskiy and Benny Sudakov.

Ron Aharoni, A strong version of the Caccetta-Haggkvist conjecture

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The Caccetta-Haggkvist conjecture, one of the best known in graph theory, is that in a digraph with $n$ vertices in which all outdegrees are at least $n/k$ there is a directed cycle of length at most $k$. This is known for  large values of $k$, relatively to n, and asymptotically for n large. A few

Ken-ichi Kawarabayashi (河原林 健一), Toward Directed Graph Minor Theory

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Graph Minor project by Robertson and Seymour is perhaps the deepest theory in Graph Theory. It gives a deep structural characterization of graphs without any graph $H$ as a minor. It also gives many exciting algorithmic consequences. In this work, I would like to talk about our attempt to extend Graph minor project to directed

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