Sanming Zhou

School of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia

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I am a Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne, where I have been working ever since the completion of my PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2000. I was hired as a Research Fellow, ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (relinquished after fifteen months to take lectureship), Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and A/Professor and Reader in succession, all at the University of Melbourne, before being promoted to Professor. Prior to my career in Australia, I was a teaching and research staff member at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

Research Interests

My research interests encompass both pure and applied aspects of Discrete Mathematics, including various topics in Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorial Optimization, Theoretical Computer Science and Random Graph Processes.

Awards and Fellowships

Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council (ARC), 2012-2015
Kirkman Medal, Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications, 2003
Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (currently known as DECRA), ARC, 2003
Distinction for PhD Thesis, The University of Western Australia, 2001

Professional Services

Editor-in-Chief, Australasian J. Combinatorics, 2/2018-3/2022
Editorial Board, Australasian J. Combinatorics
Associate Editor, J. Algebraic Combinatorics (Springer)
Editor, Graphs and Combinatorics (Springer)
Editor, Bulletin of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society (Springer)
Editor, J. Interconnection Networks (World Scientific)
Guest Editor, Discrete Appl. Math. (Elsevier), Special Issue for ICGTA23, to appear in 2024
President (2017), Vice President (2014-2016), Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia
Director, Melbourne-Peking Virtual Research Hub for Mathematics and Statistics, 2016-President

Chair of the Organising Committee, The 43rd Australasian Combinatorics Conference (43ACC, Melbourne, 13-17/12/2021), The 7th International Workshop on Optimal Network Topologies (IWONT 2016, Tsinghua-Sanya International Math. Forum, China, 11-15/07/16)

Served on the organising or program committee for more than thirty conferences and workshops

Discrete Structures and Algorithms

With Charl J. Ras and Binzhou Xia we coordinate the Discrete Structures and Algorithms seminar and reading group meeting. Everyone is welcome to subscribe to the announcements for these events. If you would like to give a presentation in our DSA seminar, you are welcome to contact me.

Student Supervision

See my Official Page for a nearly complete list of current and past students.


School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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