## MSCS Graduate Student Seminar

### Fall 2000

#### December 1

SPEAKER: Stephen Smith

TITLE: *Research in Finite Group Theory--after the Classification of Simple Groups
*

ABSTRACT: Following the completion in about 1980 of the vast project of
classifying the finite simple groups, most researchers turned to other problems
in the theory. The talk will indicate some of these directions, such as:

--maximal subgroups

--representation theory

--geometries for groups

--improvements in the classification proof

--connections with other areas (eg computer science, algebraic topology, ...)