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Curtis Bright
Postdoctoral Researcher University of Waterloo cbright


I am currently the lead developer of the MathCheck project of applying SAT solvers and computer algebra systems to problems in combinatorics and number theory. My work has appeared in a number of high-profile venues including the Journal of Automated Reasoning, at the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (twice), at ISSAC (twice), at CASC, the Journal of Experimental Mathematics, and in the Journal of Symbolic Computation (twice). I have been awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship for the next two years. See my curriculum vitae for a summary of my academic career and my research statement for an overview of my research.

I am currently supervised by professor Vijay Ganesh of the University of Waterloo. I am also a visiting scholar of Wilfrid Laurier University and Carleton University working with professors Ilias Kotsireas, Kevin Cheung, and Brett Stevens.

I interned at Maplesoft from October to December, 2017, and again in August, 2018. I have written a number of Maple applications demonstrating how to effectively use Maple's SAT solver in a variety of problems.

In March 2017, I defended my PhD thesis, supervised by Vijay Ganesh and Krzysztof Czarnecki.

In Fall 2015, I taught Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction alongside Gordon Cormack to 258 students. This course is the follow-up to Designing Functional Programs intended for CS and math majors and uses the programming language C.

In Summer 2015, I was the sole instructor of 145 students in Introduction to Computer Science 1, an introduction to computer science intended for non-CS majors. As the instructor I was responsible for compiling 9 assignments throughout the term and each one consisted of questions newly developed by myself.

In Fall 2014, I taught Designing Functional Programs, an introduction to computer science for CS and math majors based around the programming language Racket. I coordinated with 5 other instructors to teach 876 students.

In Summer 2014, as a part of Google's summer of code I supervised (along with William Hart) the undergraduate student Abhinav Baid and oversaw the implementation of a fast variant of the LLL algorithm for lattice basis reduction in the open source number theory library FLINT. This code is available in the latest version of FLINT in the fmpz_lll module.

Previously, I delivered tutorials and assisted running courses with a focus on data structures, algorithms, and logic, receiving an award for exceptional TA performance in Spring 2013. I spent most of the decade prior to 2014 becoming well-versed in mathematics: I took over 50 courses offered by the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. I've also been a teaching assistant or instructor for over 20 courses.

Bragging rights: My Erdős number is 2, through the papers Minimal elements for the prime numbers (Bright, Devillers, Shallit) and New bounds on the length of finite Pierce and Engel series (Erdős, Shallit). I have been awarded 0x$1.20 at Knuth's Bank of San Serriffe. Ian Stewart cited a report of mine on computing Galois groups in the 2015 version of his text Galois Theory. Additionally, Noam Elkies once gave a talk referencing a result that I showed as an undergraduate student—the technical report is dear to my heart as one of the first papers I ever wrote.


Things I've (co-)written that are available online.


Talks I've given that used slides.