PhD Oral Exam - Zhiyuan Li, Computer Science
When studying for a doctoral degree (PhD), candidates submit a thesis that provides a critical review of the current state of knowledge of the thesis subject as well as the student’s own contributions to the subject. The distinguishing criterion of doctoral graduate research is a significant and original contribution to knowledge.
Once accepted, the candidate presents the thesis orally. This oral exam is open to the public.
Given a graph G = (V;E) and an originator vertex v, broadcasting is an information disseminating process of transmitting a message from vertex v to all vertices of graph G as quickly as possible. A graph G on n vertices is called broadcast graph if the broadcasting from any vertex in the graph can be accomplished in dlog ne time. A broadcast graph with the minimum number of edges is called minimum broadcast graph. The number of edges in a minimum broadcast graph on n vertices is denoted by B(n). A long sequence of papers present different techniques to construct broadcast graphs and to obtain upper bounds on B(n). In this thesis, we study the compounding and the vertex addition broadcast graph constructions, which improve the upper bound on B(n). We also present the first nontrivial general lower bound on B(n).