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, ...)