Saúl A. Blanco Rodríguez


Why the long name?

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


Research

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. Here is an updated research statement [pdf].

Moreover, here is an updated CV [pdf].

Here is also a teaching statement [pdf].


Teaching

Fall 2019
  • B351: Intro to AI
  • B659: Combinatorics and Computing

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

Publications

  • C. Kisby, S. A. Blanco, A. Kruckman, and L. Moss, Logics for Sizes with Union or Intersection, to appear in the Proceedings of AAAI 2020.
  • C. Tao, S. A. Blanco, J. Peng, and Y. Zhou, Thresholding Bandit with Optimal Aggregate Regret. Preprint available through arXiv, to appear in the proceedings of NeurIPS 2019.
  • S. A. Blanco, C. Buehrle, and A. Patidar, On the number of pancake stacks requiring four flips to be sorted, to appear in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • S. A. Blanco, C. Buehrle, and A. Patidar, Cycles in the burnt pancake graph, to appear in Discrete Appl. Math. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • S. A. Blanco and C. Buehrle, Some relations on prefix reversal generators of the symmetric and hyperoctahedral group. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • 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, Ann. Comb., 18(2):171– 197, 2014. [link]. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • 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]. Preprint available through arXiv.
  • 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. [pdf] .
  • 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]
  • 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, to appear in SIGCSE '20: Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.
  • 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.