Welcome! This is the website of Curtis Bright, a mathematician, computer scientist, and an assistant professor at the University of Windsor. I received my PhD from the University of Waterloo for demonstrating the effectiveness of combining satisfiability checking and symbolic computation for solving mathematical problems. In 2020, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at Carleton University where I produced the first computer-verifiable resolution of Lam's problem.

**News:** The Algorithms & Mathematics group at Windsor is accepting applications for open research positions.

## Research

My research focuses on computer-assisted proofs, automated reasoning, symbolic computation, and discrete mathematics. I am the lead developer of the MathCheck project for verifying and finding counterexamples of mathematical conjectures. See my academic webpage for my publications and my curriculum vitae for a summary of my academic career. I have also put together a showcase explaining applications of my research.

## Mathematics

A lifelong lover of mathematics, I have a well-versed background in the subject.
I'm the kind of guy who thinks that putting an unabbreviated copy of the quartic formula on a poster is a *really awesome* idea—especially when you understand the mathematics behind the formula.
I have an Erdős number of 2 and my writings have been referenced by giants such as Noam Elkies and Ian Stewart.

## Teaching

I've been an instructor of four first-year computer science courses where I was responsible for assignment and exam preparation. I also designed and presented many tutorials with a focus on data structures, algorithms, and logic. I received a TA award for outstanding performance as a teaching assistant in 2013.

## Writing

I enjoy the challenge of writing and explaining things clearly. I sometimes blog about ideas of interest to me but these days most of my writing effort is spent on advancing my research program.

## Programming

I've had a fascination with computers and programming for as long as I can remember. I love the freedom that comes with it, whether that means automating truth table generation, writing an AI for the game of Ataxx, finding minimal prime numbers, or playing a random game of Go. In high school I developed my own version of the game Minesweeper with video recording capabilities; it is still in use by people who play competitively.

## Hobbies

Because I have such a dominant ‘left-brain’ personality, I have deliberately made a point to engage in counter-balancing activities. In early 2013 I started dancing salsa and it has since become my primary hobby. I have taught salsa for three university clubs, danced in Romania, Germany, England, Hawaii, and New York, and performed in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa.

## Contact

If you feel like discussing one these topics in more depth, give me a shout!