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Doctoral Thesis Defense: Zhiyuan Li

December 11, 2017

Speaker: Zhiyuan Li

Supervisor: Dr. H. Harutyunyan

Examining Committee: Drs. T. Fevens, L. Narayanan, R. Soleymani, J. Y. Yu (Chair)

Title: Improved Upper Bounds and Lower Bounds on Broadcast Function

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Place: EV 11.119


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 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).

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