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Anton Betten

Anton Betten
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA.
Phone: (970) 491 1865
Fax: (970) 491 2161
betten at math dot colostate dot edu


Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 2000
Diploma in Mathematics, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1995



Research Summary

I am interested in combinatorial objects and the theory of group actions on finite sets. I consider applications of combinatorics to coding theory, design theory and finite geometry. In my work, I often use algorithmic tools. I find it interesting to prove (new) theorems based on experimental data that is obtained from computer searches.

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Please check out my iPhone / iPad App Clebsch (in the App store):



More about my research and some mathematical data:
Research and Mathematical Data

Tables with classified BLT-sets


Colorado State University (since 2002)
The University of Western Australia (2001-2002)


I coordinate MATH161 Calculus II.

Spring 2016: MATH460 (information and coding theory).
other classes taught:
MATH152 Mathematical Algorithms in Maple
MATH161 Calculus II
MATH235 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
MATH261 Calculus III
MATH301 Introduction to Combinatorial Theory
MATH360 Mathematics of Information Security
MATH366 Groups, Rings and Fields
MATH369 Linear Algebra
MATH460 Information and Coding Theory
MATH501 Combinatorics I
MATH502 Combinatorics II
MATH601 Advanced Combinatorics I
MATH602 Advanced Combinatorics II

I support active learning. Students have many different learning styles. The best results are achieved if every students has the environment he or she needs to learn. Some people learn in large lectures, other people need a different kind of environment. With a grant from the student body at Colorado State University, the College of Natural Science in the Summer of 2014 renovated two classrooms for what is called flipped classroom instruction. These classrooms have lightweight movable furniture that allows for group work. We use these classrooms once a week in our Calculus II classes for recitations. During these recitations, students will work through a worksheet with problems similar to what will be on the exam. If you are interested, please let me know and I can give you a tour of these classrooms. These classrooms can still be used for traditional lecture-based instruction.


Editor for Journal of Geometry (since 2014).

Coorganizer (with James Wilson, Alexander Hulpke and Tim Penttila) of the Rocky Mountain Algebraic Combinatorics Seminar. Please let me know if you would like to come here and give a talk.

Past chair of the Faculty Council Committee on Teaching and Learning (CoTL). Please let me know if you have issues that may be relevant to the broader teaching and learning community at CSU.

Past member of the Classroom Review Board.

Past chair of the task force on redesigning the course survey. Please let me know if you have ideas how to make the course survey better.

Past organizer of the High School outreach activity Math Day.


Fellow, the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA).
Member, SIAM.




I am offering a program called Orbiter which is devoted to the classification of discrete structures. The program is written in C++ and compiles using makefiles. If you want to install Orbiter under Windows, please get cygwin first (including terminal). There is a github page for Orbiter. The version there is from 2013, so a bit outdated.
Orbiter 2013

Graduate Advising

Tom Edgar (MS 2004)
Cayla McBee (MS 2007)
Bader Al-Shamarey (Ph.D. 2007)
Abdullah Al-Azemi (Ph.D. 2007)

Undergraduate Advising

Andreea Erciulescu: Geometric objects with a more combinatorial flavor. Honors thesis, 2011.


I am using the Open Science Grid for my research.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar


I received NSF funding for the Rocky Mountain Algebraic Combinatorics Seminar and Miniconferences.


Talks Given


Lecture series on Computational Methods in Finite Geometry

Echoes From the Past

Conference on Combinatorics and Computer Algebra (CoCoA15)

Invited talk: Graphs with Integral Spectrum (given at: G2S2 -- Groups and Graphs, Symmetry and Spectra, Novosibirsk State University and Russian Academy of Science, August 2016)

Guest Lectures at Osaka Prefecture University


Nominated for a Best Teacher Award by the Colorado State University Alumni Association in 2008.


Reading parent and volunteer coordinator at Ridgeview Classical Schools

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