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Specialty:combinational design theory; theory of algorithm; graph theory
Biography:Dinitz is professor of mathematics and statistics and also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science. His interests include: computational and algebraic methods for determining the structure and existence of combinatorial configurations, such as designs and graphs; applications of combinatorial configurations to computer science and information theory; and the design and analysis of combinatorial algorithms to find designs or label graphs. He is co-editor-in-chief of the CRC Handbook of Combinatorial Designs and one of the editors-in-chief as well as the managing editor of the Journal of Combinatorial Designs. Combinatorial designs are useful in the construction of sports schedules and in 2001 Dinitz constructed the schedule of play for the now defunct XFL Football League. He is also known for the famous "Dinitz Conjecture" that he posed in 1979. Among books by Dinitz is "CRC Handbook of Combinatorial Designs" (CRC Press, 1996, co-editor) and the publications: "There are 526,915,620 nonisomorphic one factorizations of K12" (J. of Combinatorial Designs, 1994, co-author); "Selected applications of combinatorial design theory" (Surveys in Combinatorics, 1999, coauthor); and "Combinatorics in undergraduate courses" (Bulletin of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications, 2001, co-author).