Fourth Pythagorean Conference

 An Advanced Research Workshop in 

Geometry, Combinatorial Designs & Cryptology

  Corfu,  Greece

  May 30th - June 4th, 2010

Organizing  Committee   

Arrigo Bonisoli    Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy          
Cafer Caliskan   Florida Atlantic University, USA 
Marialuisa J. de Resmini    Università di Roma 'La Sapienza', Italy          
Otokar Grosek     Slovak Technical University, Slovakia          
James W.P. Hirschfeld    University of Sussex, UK
Ivana Ilić   Florida Atlantic University, USA 
Simeon S. Magliveras    Deree College, Greece  
Spyros S. Magliveras    Florida Atlantic University, USA 
Sakis Simopoulos    Eugenideion Idryma, Greece


Plenary Speakers  

Simeon  Ball   Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain 
Simon  Blackburn   Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom  
Gábor  Korchmáros   Università della Basilicata, Italy 
Cheryl  Praeger   University of Western Australia, Australia 
Bernhard  Schmidt   Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Doug  Stinson   University of Waterloo, Canada 


We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of The Center for Cryptology and Information Security  (CCIS), Florida Atlantic University,  Crypton, Inc.,  Università di Roma 'La Sapienza', University of Sussex,  Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, and Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications.

The Conference

The Pythagorean Conferences are devoted to the advancement of  Geometry,  Combinatorial Designs, Cryptology  and Related Structures. Following successful Conferences on the islands of Spetses (1996), Samos (1999), and Rhodes (2003), the Fourth Conference will take place from May 30th to June 4th, 2010, on  the beautiful and historic island of  Corfu. The Conference Center will be the Corfu and Dasia Handris Hotel ComplexThe deadline for accepting  an invitation is March 1st, 2010. Click here to see some photos from previous conferences and here to see more photos from James W.P. Hirschfeld's website.


  • March 1st, 2010: End of Registration.
  • March 1st, 2010: Last day for reserving rooms in the Corfu & Dasia Chandris Hotels .
  • March 23rd, 2010: Submission of titles and abstracts (Stylefile is here) of contributed talks.
  • September 30th, 2010: Submission of full papers for the special issue of  Designs, Codes and Cryptography.


Accommodation arrangements have been made with the travel bureau CHARITOS TRAVEL TOURISM & CRUISES SA  located in Corfu ( The conference venue is the Corfu & Dasia Chandris Hotels complex, located in Dassia Bay, Corfu. Please look at this website for more details about the Corfu Chandris Hotel or Dassia Chandris Hotel. To book a hotel room, please fill this form first and send it to by March 1st, 2010.


If you have received an invitation and wish to attend the conference, please complete the registration form at web site  or air mail the registration form (pdf)  to the conference address:

Fourth Pythagorean Conference - Corfu '10
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Note: Please do not enclose cash. Make checks payable to "The Pythagorean Conference".

If we do not receive your registration by March 1st, 2010, we will assume that you will not be attending.

Presentation of Papers & Proceedings

In addition to the six 50-minute invited talks,  authors of accepted papers will present 25-minute talks according to the Conference Program.  Proceedings will be refereed and appear in a special issue of Designs, Codes and Cryptography.  The deadline for submitting finished  abstracts  is  March 23rd, 2010.  You will need to use a special LaTeX style_file prepared for the Proceedings. The style file will  be emailed to you  as an addendum to a regular Conference update,  after  we receive your registration. Submission of full papers for the special issue of  Designs, Codes and Cryptography is due by September 30th, 2010.

Participants, Abstracts & Tentative Schedule

To prepare an abstract please use this stylefile and email your abstract to James Hirschfeld (

List of Participants


Tentative Schedule


Details will be given later.

Corfu (Κέρκυρα)

Corfu (Gk Κέρκυρα) is the westernmost island of Greece located in the north Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian islands separated from Epirus  and the Albanian gulf of Sarande, by straights from 3 to 23 km wide. Its distance from the Italian  peninsula is 102 km. Corfu is about 58 km long and 27 km at its widest breadth. It is is almost completely of  a limestone formation, naturally divided into a northern mountainous region, a central undulating, and a  southern low lying region. There are two principal ranges, one stretching from St. Angelo to St. Stefano,  with highest peak "Παντοκράτωρ" (Pantokrator) (2,972 ft), and the second culminating at "Άγιοι Δέκα"  (St. Decca - Ten Saints). Corfu is fertile, covered by olive trees, and is considered by many one of the most beautiful of the Greek isles. The capital city of Corfu is also called Kerkyra (Corfu) and is located at the  eastern middle region of the island. The island is steeped in legend from the earliest sources of written and unwritten record. In Greek mythology, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Κόρκυρα (Korkyra), daughter of river-god Ασωπός (Asopos)  and river-nymph Μετόπη (Metope), abducted Korkyra, brought her to the unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name, to the isle. Korkyra’s inhabitants became known as Φαίακες (Phaiakes) from the name of Poseidon’s and Korkyra’s child Φαίαξ, (Phaiax). Our Homeric Odyseus, shortly before ending his tumultuous 20 year wanderings, landed on Korkyra, and later, having recovered from his amnesia, returned to Ithaka, just a bit over 100 kilometers south, to reclaim his kingdom. The island’s name Korkyra eventually evolved to Kerkyra (Doric).  Quoting Wikipedia: "The island's history is laden with battles and conquests, indicative of Corfu's turbulent  position in a historical vortex lasting until the modern period, at which time unification with modern Greece from 1864 made the island's history one with that of the mainland, with no further foreign  intervention. The legacy of these struggles is visible in the form of castles punctuating strategic locations across the island. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu's capital has been officially declared a Kastropolis (City of Castles) by the Greek Government.  In 2007, the city's old town was named on the UNESCO World Heritage List, following a recommendation by the "International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)."

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