Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Tom Blackford

J. Thomas Blackford
Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Professor

Education:

Ph.D., Ohio State University (1999)

B.A., The College of Wooster (1991)

Contact Information:

(309) 298-2358
463A Morgan Hall
jt-blackford@wiu.edu

Fall 2017 Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 2:00-2:50 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00-10:50 am

Other times by appointment

Courses Taught:

Math 128: College Algebra
Math 129: Trigonometry
Math 133: Calculus I
Math 134: Calculus II
Math 231: Multivariate Calculus
Math 311: Linear Algebra
Math 355: Combinatorics
Math 407: Number Theory for Teachers
Math 421: Abstract Algebra
Math 424: Advanced Linear Algebra
Math 521: Abstract Algebra II
Math 554: Algebraic Coding Theory
Math 699: Algebraic Coding Theory
Stat 171: Introduction to Statistics
Stat 276: General Statistics

Research Interests:

  • Algebraic Coding Theory
  • Cryptography
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Combinatorics and Probability
  • Writing Mathematical Fiction 

Selected Publications:

  • Blackford, T. (2017). The Galois variance of constacyclic codes. To appear in Finite Fields and Applications.
  • Blackford, T. (2013). Isodual constacyclic codes. Finite Fields and Applications, Vol 24, pp. 29-44.
  • Blackford, T. (2008). Negacyclic duadic codes. Finite Fields and Applications, Vol. 14, pp. 930-943. (Math Colloquium presentation February 10, 2005, entitled "Cyclic and Negacyclic Duadic Codes.")
  • Blackford, T. (2003). Cyclic codes over ℤ4 of oddly even length. Discrete Applied Mathematics 128, no. 1, 27-46. International Workshop on Coding and Cryptography (WCC 2001) (Paris).
  • Blackford, T. (2003). Negacyclic codes over ℤ4 of even length. IEEE Transactions on Informal Theory, 49, no. 6, 1417-1424.
  • Ling, S. & Blackford, T. (2002). ℤρκ+1-linear codes. IEEE Transactions on Informal Theory, 48, no.9, 2592-2605.
  • Blackford, T. & Ray-Chaudhuri, D. (2000). A transform approach to permutation groups of cyclic codes over Galois rings. IEEE Transactions on Informal Theory, 46, no.7, 2350-2358.