Workshop on Projective Geometry and its Applications

Dates: 3 - 5 January 2001

Location: Engineering and Mathematics Building, Room EMG07
(and Gate One Cafe (University of South Australia) for morning/afternoon tea).

Organisers: Catherine Quinn (
and Sue Barwick (

The Institute for Geometry and its Applications, the University of Adelaide, is hosting a Projective Geometry Workshop during the week 3-5 January 2001. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss recent and current research techniques in the area of projective geometry and its applications. We will discuss open problems in the context of these and other techniques.

There is no registration fee, and all interested are welcome.


Sue Barwick (University of Adelaide)
Matthew Brown (University of Ghent)
David Byatt (University of Canterbury)
Rey Casse (University of Adelaide)
Michael Eastwood (University of Adelaide)
David Glynn (University of Canterbury)
Tim Penttila (University of Western Australia)
Catherine Quinn (University of Adelaide)
Brian Sherman (University of Adelaide)
Peter Wild (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Wednesday 3rd January

10:30-11:20 Matthew Brown
Flocks and Generalised Quadrangles of Order (q,q^2) Satisfying Property G.

11:30- 12:20 Tim Penttila
Translation Generalised Quadrangles and Elation Laguerre Planes of Small Order.

2:00-3:00 Open Problems

3:30-4:20 Tim Penttila
Conics, ovals, elliptic quadrics and ovoids.
NB: This talk is specially aimed at Honours students.

Thursday 4th January

10:30-11:20 David Glynn
How Quantum Codes and Projective Geometry are Related.

11:30-12:20 Michael Eastwood
Finite Integral Geometry?

2:00-2:50 Tim Penttila
Constructing Some Two Character Sets in PG(2,q), q an Odd Square.

7:00-... Workshop Dinner at the Jasmin Indian Restaurant.
Please let the organisers know by/on Wednesday 3rd January if you wish to attend.

Friday 5th January

10:30-11:20 David Glynn
Rota's Basis Conjecture and Hyperdeterminants.

11:30-12:20 Matthew Brown
Alpha Flocks and Spreads of T_2({\cal O}).

2:00-2:45 Sue Barwick
Applications of Projective Geometry to Web-Metering Schemes.

2:45-... Open Problems and Reports.


There will be a small amount of financial support available to interstate and overseas participants, with graduate students being given priority. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for support.


If you need accommodation, please let us know.


Although there is no registration fee the IGA would like to have accurate records of the attendees.

If you wish to attend, please contact Catherine Quinn .

For more information, please contact the organisers.