Speaker: Shuhong Gao (Clemson University) Title: Grobner bases and fibre structures of points Time & Place: 3:05-4pm, Thursday 26 July 2007, Carslaw 535 Abstract: Classical elimination theory deals mainly with the question when partial solutions can be extended to complete solutions for a polynomial system. We ask whether it is possible to predict the exact number solutions of a system without actually solving it. In this talk, we present some a relationship between certain Grobner bases and the fibre structures of the solution variety for a polynomial system (that defines a $0$-dimensional radical ideal). We show that from a Grobner basis one can easily read out information about the numbers of extensions of partial solutions, and one can decompose the system into smaller systems that are easier to solve. Joint work with Virginia M. Rodrigues (PUCRS, Brazil) and Jeffrey Stroomer (Xilinx, Inc.).