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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Shawnee State University is hosting the Seventh Annual Conference on Summability and Applications in honor of Professor Billy Rhoades from Friday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov.8.
Speakers from around the world will be at the conference, including Germany, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Turkey, Israel, Botswana, India, Serbia, Nigeria, Nepal, Belgium and several from Ohio, Indiana and Florida.
“This is a very important conference,” said Dr. Jinlu Li. “Some of the top researchers in Summability in the world will be here.”
Guest speakers will be giving 20-minute talks of new or recent work in sequences, series, Summability and applications.
“Summability is the analysis of a musical tone, such as the vibration of a violin string,” said Dr. Jinlu Li from Shawnee State University. “However, a violin does not produce a pure sine wave. The vibrations also produce overtones.”
Nearly 40 speakers, including Billy Rhoades, will lecture. Rhoades received a Distinguished Service Award and a Certificate of Meritorious Service Award from the Mathematical Association of America for his service in mathematics and to the MAA for nearly four decades. He retired as professor from Indiana University in 1994.
Several speakers will lecture on Billy Rhoades work. Constantine Georgakis from DePaul University will present “Review of Some of the Research Work of Billy E. Rhoades on Hausdorff Transformations.” Ram N. Mohapatra from the University of Central Florida will present “Work of Billy Rhoades on Fixed Point Theory.” Li will present “Stochastic Summability and Related Problems.”
“People doing research in Summability theory deal with infinite sequences and methods of how to ‘sum’ them,” Li said. “The mathematicians who do research in this area are discovering new theorems that have many unanswered questions.”
Mathematicians at the conference do not deal with the applications, only with the development of the mathematical theory, he said.
The conference is sponsored by SSU and Ohio University. For more information on the conference, call Heather Thacker at (740) 351-3301 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.