Professor
Fields of Interest
Biography
PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1994
SB, MIT, 1990
My research is in algebraic combinatorics. Combinatorics is the study of counting and bijective proofs, so an algebraic combinatorialists counts algebraic objects. In particular, I am interested in Schubert polynomials, Schubert varieties, flag manifolds, Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials, Stanley symmetric functions, Bruhat order, Weyl group and root systems of all types etc. I am a strong advocate of using computers to do math research, in particular for obtaining data for conjectures and computer verified proofs. Recently, I have been interested in problems which are not decidable by any possible algorithm in finite time.
Courses Taught
Winter 2024
Autumn 2023
Winter 2023
Autumn 2022
Spring 2022
Winter 2022
Autumn 2021
Spring 2021
Winter 2021
Spring 2020
Winter 2020
Autumn 2019
Spring 2019
Winter 2019
Autumn 2018
Winter 2018
Autumn 2017
Spring 2017
Winter 2017
Spring 2016
Winter 2016
Autumn 2015
News & Events
Related News
- Sara Billey is co-recipient of A&S Bergstrom Award - April 26, 2018
- Sara Billey featured in 2013 AWM Grand Prize Winning Essay - April 1, 2013
- AMS Fellows Named - November 1, 2012
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- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: Numerical semigroups, minimal presentations, and posets (Christopher O'Neill, San Diego State University) - December 6, 2023 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: A noncommutative Schur function approach to chromatic symmetric functions (Isaiah Siegl, University of Washington) - November 29, 2023 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
- Career Transitions: Transition into Research (Stefan Steinerberger (and possibly others)) - November 16, 2023 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: Extremal crystals and atom-positivity (Samuel Armon, University of Southern California) - November 8, 2023 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: Matroid Schubert varieties and equivariant compactifications (Colin Crowley, University of Oregon) - November 1, 2023 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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- Career Transitions: Career Transitions: Academic Jobs Panel (Catherine Babecki, Marty Bishop, Kevin Chien, and Xueying Yu) - May 25, 2023 - 4:00pm
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- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: Grothendieck-to-Lascoux Expansions (Tianyi Yu, University of California San Diego) - April 13, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: Bumpless pipe dreams encode Gröbner geometry of Schubert polynomials (Patricia Klein, University of Minnesota) - October 27, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: f*- and h*-vectors (Matthias Beck, San Francisco State University) - October 20, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
- Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar: P-partition generating functions of naturally labeled posets (Ricky Liu, University of Washington) - October 13, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
- Career Transitions: Post-Prelim Chat (Panel Speakers: Silvia Ghinassi, Gaku Liu, and Farbod Shokrieh, Hosted by: Sara Billey) - December 3, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
- Career Transitions: Surviving graduate school in the COVID era (Sara Billey and Tatiana Toro, University of Washington) - November 19, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
- Career Transitions: Surviving and Thriving in the First Year of Grad School (Sara Billey and Tatiana Toro) - December 5, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
- Current Topics Seminar: Session 8 (Sara Billey, Tatiana Toro) - December 5, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
- Career Transitions: Career Transitions: Academic Jobs Panel - May 23, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
- Career Transitions: Career Transitions: Industry Panel - February 21, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
- UW-PIMS Colloquium: Patterns in Standard Young Tableaux (Sara Billey, University of Washington) - November 16, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
- Career Transitions: Career Transitions: Industry Panel - February 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm