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Robert Bailey

Faculty and Staff

Robert Bailey, M.Math. (Hons.) (University of Leeds), Ph.D. (University of London) 

Assistant Professor – Computational Mathematics

Office: AS3022
Phone:  (709) 637-6293



I joined Grenfell Campus in 2013, following postdoctoral fellowships at Ryerson University (2012-13), the University of Regina (2009-12) and Carleton University (2007-09).  I studied at the University of Leeds (1998-2002) and at Queen Mary, University of London (2002-06), in the UK, and was also an exchange student at the University of Waterloo (2000-01).

I teach courses in mathematics and statistics in all areas and at all levels.  At Grenfell, this has included Calculus I, II, and III, Linear Algebra I, Discrete Mathematics, Real Analysis I, Statistics for Science Students, Mathematics for Business, and Advanced Graph Theory.

My mathematical interests are in discrete mathematics: loosely, this means "things you can count".  This includes graph theory (think of models of molecules or computer networks), combinatorial design theory (think of the solution to a Sudoku puzzle), coding theory (think of transmitting a message accurately) and group theory (think of symmetries of complex shapes).


Research Interests

Discrete mathematics and algebra, specifically

  • Algebraic graph theory
  • Combinatorial design theory
  • Permutation groups
  • Error-correcting codes


Recent Publications

On the metric dimension of incidence graphs, submitted for publication.

Error-correcting codes from k-resolving sets (with I. González Yero), submitted for publication.

On the metric dimension of imprimitive distance-regular graphs, Annals of Combinatorics 20 (2016), 641–659.

On generalized Howell designs with block size three (with R.J.R. Abel, A.C. Burgess, P. Danziger and E. Mendelsohn), Designs, Codes and Cryptography 81 (2016), 365–391.

The metric dimension of small distance-regular and strongly regular graphs, Australasian Journal of Combinatorics 62:1 (2015), 18–34.

Generalized packing designs (with A.C. Burgess), Discrete Mathematics 313 (2013), 1167–1190.

Resolving sets in Johnson and Kneser graphs (with J. Cáceres, D. Garijo, A. González, A. Márquez, K. Meagher and M.L. Puertas), European Journal of Combinatorics 34 (2013), 736–751.

On the metric dimension of Grassmann graphs (with K. Meagher), Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science 13:4 (2011), 97–104.

Generalized covering designs and clique coverings (with A.C. Burgess, M.S. Cavers and K. Meagher), Journal of Combinatorial Designs 19 (2011), 378–406.

Base size, metric dimension and other invariants of groups and graphs (with P.J. Cameron), Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society 43 (2011), 209–242.

Hamiltonian decompositions of complete k-uniform hypergraphs (with B. Stevens), Discrete Mathematics 310 (2010), 3088–3095.

Error-correcting codes from permutation groups, Discrete Mathematics 309 (2009), 4253–4265.

Chair, Computational Mathematics

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS3013
Phone: (709) 637-6284