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


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].


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

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


  • 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.