Saúl A. Blanco Rodríguez

Why the long name?

Indiana University
Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
3066 Luddy Hall
700 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408


I'm interested in combinatorics, discrete mathematics, and theoretical computer science, and interactions betweeen these fields. In general, I like thinking about and finding patterns in different kinds of structures.

I'm helping organize the KOI Combinatorics Lectures [link].


Spring 2023
      CSCI-B565: Data Mining

    For registered students, all the information, including office hours, can be found using Canvas.


  • T. Haider, S. A. Blanco, and U. Hayat, A Novel Pseudo-Random Number Generator Based on Multi-Objective Optimization for Image-Cryptographic Applications. Submitted. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • S.A. Blanco and C. Buehrle, Bounds on the genus for 2-cell embeddings of prefix-reversal graphs. Submitted. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • S. A. Blanco, and D. E. Skora, An Algorithm to Enumerate Grid Signed Permutation Classes, Proceedings of The International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation, ISSAC 2023. [link]. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • A. Hannum, M. A . Lopez, S. A. Blanco, and R. F. Betzel, High-accuracy machine learning techniques for functional connectome fingerprinting and cognitive state decoding, Human Brain Mapping (2023). [link]
  • S. A. Blanco and C. Buehrle, Length of cycles in generalized pancake graphs, Discrete Mathematics, 346 (12), 2023. [link]. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • S. A. Blanco and C. Buehrle, Presentations of Coxeter groups of type A, B, and D using prefix-reversal generators, Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing (2022). [link]
  • C Kisby, S. A. Blanco, and L. Moss, The Logic of Hebbian Learning, In the 35 International Conference of the Florida AI Research Society, FLAIRS 2022. [link]
  • Z. Chen, C. Wang, P. Laturia, D. Crandall, and S. Blanco, How to play Notakto: Can reinforcement learning achieve optimal play on combinatorial games?, AAAI 2021 Workshop on Reinforcement Learning in Games.[link]
  • S. A. Blanco and C. Buehrle, Some relations on prefix reversal generators of the symmetric and hyperoctahedral group, Australasian J. of Combin., 76(3), 2020.[link]
  • C. Kisby, S. A. Blanco, A. Kruckman, and L. Moss, Logics for Sizes with Union or Intersection, Proceedings of AAAI 2020.[link]
  • C. Tao, S. A. Blanco, J. Peng, and Y. Zhou, Thresholding Bandit with Optimal Aggregate Regret, Proceedings of NeurIPS 2019.[link]
  • S. A. Blanco, C. Buehrle, and A. Patidar, On the number of pancake stacks requiring four flips to be sorted, Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, 21(2), 2019. [link]
  • S. A. Blanco, C. Buehrle, and A. Patidar, Cycles in the burnt pancake graph, Discrete Appl. Math 271, 1-14, 2019. [link]
  • S. A. Blanco, Weak Z-property of the absolute order on groups generated by sets closed under taking inverses, Order, 36(2), 391-397, 2019. [link]
  • S. A. Blanco, Flip posets of Bruhat intervals, Electron. J. Combin., 25(4):#P4.16, 2018. [link]
  • C. Tao, S. A. Blanco, and Y. Zhou, Best Arm Identification in Linear Bandits with Linear Dimension Dependency, Proceedings of the 2018 ICML. [link]
  • J. Wang, M. Korayem, S. A. Blanco, and D. Crandall, Tracking Natural Events through Social Media and Computer Vision, Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Multimedia Conference, 1097-1101, 2016. [link]
  • S. A. Blanco and T. K. Petersen, Counting Dyck paths by area and rank, Annals of Combinatorics, 18(2):171-197, 2014. [link]
  • L. J. Billera and S. A. Blanco, Bandwidth of the product of paths of the same length, Discrete Appl. Math., 161(18):3080-3086, 2013. [link]
  • S. A. Blanco, Shortest path poset of Bruhat Intervals, J. Algebraic Combin., 38(3):585-596, 2013. [link]. A preliminary version appears in the Proceedings of the 23 FPSAC, DMTCS proc. AO, 2011, 191-198. [link]
  • S. A. Blanco, The complete cd-index of dihedral and universal Coxeter groups, Electron. J. Combin., 18(1):#P174, 2011 [pdf]
  • S. A. Blanco and A. S. Fraenkel, Tromping games: tiling with trominoes, INTEGERS, Electr. J. Combinat. Number Theory 11(A): Article #6, 2011. [pdf]. A preliminary version was called Triomineering, Tridomineering, and L-Tridomineering. [link]
  • S. A. Blanco, Shortest path poset of finite Coxeter groups, Proceedings of the 21 FPSAC, DMTCS proc. AK, 2009, 189-200. [pdf]
  • Others (mostly education related)

  • A. Leite and S. A. Blanco, Effects of Human vs. Automatic Feedback on Students' Understanding of AI Concepts and Programming Style. In SIGCSE '20: Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.[link]
  • S. A. Blanco, Active Learning in a Discrete Mathematics Class. In SIGCSE '18: Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education , 828-833.[link]
  • S. A. Blanco, Teaching in a collaborative Classroom. AMS Blog on Teaching and Learning Mathematics, June 2017. [link]

  • An Epidemic Model of HSV-1 with Vaccination, Technical Report MTBI-02-04M, Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (with A. Acosta, E. Bar-Zohar, D. Luli, and L. Gao) [pdf]. This is a technical report prepared at the end of a summer program. It won't appear anywhere else, but I think it is interesting.