Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation

Understanding the world through symmetry

The Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation Research Cluster at UWA brings together an internationally recognised team of pure mathematicians with a diverse skill set.  They work in the broad areas of group theory and combinatorics. Group theory is the mathematical abstraction of symmetry, while combinatorics studies discrete structures such as graphs (also called networks). The group also has considerable expertise in combinatorial computation.

The group fosters a highly collaborative style of working and by combining individual strengths, the group produces extraordinary results.

Research opportunities are available for prospective students in this cluster. You can learn more by emailing the Pre-candidature team at the Graduate Research School.

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Received $2.8 million+ in ARC research funding since 2013

One Future Fellow and four DECRA Fellows in the past five years

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Achieved a five (well above world standard) for Pure Mathematics in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia outcomes

Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation expertise includes:

  • Group theory
  • Group actions
  • Graph theory
  • Algebraic combinatorics
  • Matroid theory
  • Finite geometry
  • Computational group theory
  • Combinatorial computation


Mathematics is the foundation of technology, and important advances in mathematics are underpinned by the deep abstract foundational work of pure mathematics. Just as theoretical physics is important to experimental physics, pure mathematics is the basis for all scientific disciplines.

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