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    I was born in Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), not long ago. Before 2005 I hardly moved away from Santiago de Cuba, it is not an easy task to move around in Cuba. So, if you think you had seen me somewhere else, you are wrong.

    Below you will get a bit of a flavour of whom I am, but just a bit!!!.^




    In 2002 I completed my Bachelor degree in Computer Science with first class honors at the University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba. My thesis was titled "Design of a module for the implementation of geographic information systems", and was done under the supervision of Dr Roxana Danger-Mercaderes.

    In 2005 I started my PhD in Graph Theory under the supervision of Prof Mirka Miller at Federation University Australia (former University of Ballarat). At the beginning of January 2009, I submitted my PhD thesis titled "Topology of interconnection networks with given degree and diameter", and in December 2009 I graduated in Doctor of Philosophy from Federation University Australia.

    Work Experience

    Between 2002 and 2003 I worked as a mathematics instructor (lecturer level A) at the University of Information Sciences in Havana (Cuba). In 2003 I returned to the University of Oriente to work as a lecturer (level B) in Mathematics; I was at the University of Oriente until 2008. Between January 2009 and February 2013 I was a postdoctoral fellow under Prof John Yearwood and a lecturer (assistant professor equivalent) in Mathematics at Federation University Australia. I spent the period between February and July 2013 at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), under Dr Eran Nevo and Prof Mikhail Klin. In July 2013 I returned to Federation University Australia to take a tenured lectureship (assistant professor equivalent) in Mathematics.


    I currently research on the theory and application of Discrete Mathematics. Within Discrete Mathematics, I am mainly interested in the areas of Combinatorics, Permutation Groups and Combinatorial Optimization. However, I have also worked on Computational Geometry and on the design of geographic information systems.

    I form part of the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO) at Federation University Australia, and of the research group Graph Theory and Applications (GTA) at the University of Newcastle (Australia).

    I am also a moderator and contributor to the Combinatorics Wiki project, project aiming to present the latest concepts, results, conjectures and references in various topics of Combinatorics.

    Awards and Fellowships

    1. Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013), Skirball Foundation via the Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
    2. FAPESP's Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012), University of Sao Paulo, declined.
    3. IBM Faculty Innovation Award. IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Awards 2010. (With Dr Julien Ugon and Dr Nadezda Sukhorukova).

    Student Supervision

    1. Daniel Morales-Silva, PhD student, ongoing, Federation University Australia. Principal supervisor.
    2. Ramiro Feria-Purón, PhD thesis: Large interconnection networks with given degree and diameter, University of Newcastle 2015. External co-supervisor.
    3. Hebert Pérez-Rosés, PhD thesis: Large networks bounded in degree and diameter, University of Newcastle 2012. External co-supervisor.

    Professional Memberships

    1. MAustMS (Accredited Member) Australian Mathematical Society (since 2009).
    2. (AFTICA) Associate Fellow of the International Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications (ICA) (since 2006).
    3. Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia Inc. (CMSA) (since 2009).


    In my spare time, I may be dancing, mainly Latin-American dances, such as salsa; playing basketball; jogging; reading; watching sports, mainly tennis and soccer; or listening to guitar concerts.

    ^ I want to thank Katherine Williams for the photography and Eyal Loz for the technical support.