Teresa Wroe (Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance)

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As classroom leaders itâ€™s critical to recognize that unconscious bias can show up in lots of ways and is multi-directional when we are teaching, grading, evaluating, and providing feedback. This session will be an opportunity to examine bias and discuss strategies that can help mitigate its effects in the classroom and in our everyday interactions with students.

The talk reports how the project of characterizing finite algebras with tractable equation solving problem led us to the concepts of circuits and non-uniform automata over arbitrary algebras. As a byproduct we get (under some complexity hypothesis, like Exponential Time Hypothesis and Constant Degree Hypothesis) a full characterization of finite algebras from congruence modular varieties with tractable checking if two circuits compute the same function. A similar (but not the same one) characterization is also provided for finite groups with respect to checking if two polynomials define the same function.