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Welcome to the Center for Combinatorics!

Founded in 1997, the Center for Combinatorics (CFC) has become a first-class academic institution for combinatorial research and intellectual inquiry in China. Its research activities range from the theoretical to the applied, and cover a wide range of fields of study across Combinatorics and Graph Theory.

The CFC plays an important role in carrying out research in combinatorics and related fields. And it attaches much attention to the training of graduates and post-doctors. We are proud of our faculty's extraordinary research accomplishments which have been recognized by the international scholarship. In the past three years, our faculty members have published over one hundred papers, most of which appeared in top quality international journals. We are also proud of our former students and postdoctoral associates who now play main roles on their positions at universities, national laboratories, army units and companies in China. They are profoundly influenced by the spirit of hard work and innovation which the CFC provided for them.

The CFC environment is designed to support and enhance the research activity in combinatorics, graph theory and their applications. We currently offer great depth in mathematical mechanization, symmetric functions, dynamic systems, enumerative combinatorics, combinatorial number theory, and random matrices in combinatorics. Our strengths include chemical graph theory, random graph theory, matching theory, and combinatorial optimization in graph theory. To meet the needs of our nation's technological competitiveness, we will provide unusual strength in the applications of mathematics in years to come.

Locally, the CFC is on the campus of Nankai University, but globally it serves the international scholarship around the world. I look forward with enthusiasm to your joining, visiting, and working here.

Bill Chen


The Center for Combinatorics (CFC) at Nankai University is one of the leading national academic institutions for mathematical research. The CFC takes as its main tasks: organizing high-leveled academic activities, doing world first-class original innovative research, and training young mathematics talents. Its goal is to establish a research center of first class in the world. The CFC is devoted to the advancement of knowledge and education of students in areas that contribute to or prosper from an environment of discrete mathematics and computer science in China.

The CFC was established in 1997 by Professor Bill Chen, and is an institution of national and international standing. As a subordinate of Nankai University it is specialized in combinatorics, graph theory, computer science, and their applications. Based on the CFC, together with the Institute of Mathematics and the College of Mathematics, the Key Laboratory of Pure Mathematics and Combinatorics was founded at Nankai University in 2000. It is one of the only three mathematical laboratories approved by the Education Ministry of China. A second laboratory, the Tianjin Key Laboratory of Combinatorics, which is resorting under the auspices of the CFC, was established in 2004 and is sponsored by the Tianjin Municipal Government.

At present there are 6 senior professors, 5 associate professors, 5 assistant professors, and 103 graduate students in the CFC. The current Director of the CFC is Professor Bill Chen and the current Executive Director of the CFC is Professor Xueliang Li.

Since its foundation, the CFC has held five international conferences. More than one hundred scholars have visited the CFC from U.S.A., U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Canada, South Africa, etc. With these resources, a close and collaborative tie between the CFC and other academic institutions around the world has come into being and is growing strongly.

We can expect that work done at the CFC will be at the center of those developments. And the CFC will play a key role in the development of Combinatorics at the local, national and international level.

Center for Combinatorics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 China
Tel: 86-22-2350-2180, Fax: 86-22-2350-9272, Email: info@cfc.nankai.edu.cn
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