Advanced Graph Theory

By Prof. Rajiv Misra   |   IIT Patna
Learners enrolled: 3440
Advanced Graph Theory focuses on problem solving using the most important notions of graph theory with an in-depth study of concepts on the applications in the field of computer science. This course provides an in-depth understanding of Graphs and fundamental principles and models underlying the theory, algorithms, and proof techniques in the field of Graph Theory. Emerging applications of Graph Theory in Computer Science domain will be covered for significant impact. Upon completing this course, students will have intimate knowledge about how the graph theory play an important role to solve the technology driven and research oriented problems.

PREREQUISITES           : Discrete Mathematics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT   : Companies like Microsoft Research, Google,Facebook, LinkedIn and also start-ups are most eager to apply graph technology.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to Graphs & its Applications, Basics of Paths, Cycles, and Trails, Connection, Bipartite Graphs, Eulerian Circuits, Vertex Degrees and Counting, Degree-sum formula, The Chinese Postman Problem and Graphic Sequences.
Week 2:Trees and Distance, Properties of Trees, Spanning Trees and Enumeration, Matrix-tree computation, Cayley's Formula, Prufer code.
Week 3:Matchings and Covers, Hall's Condition, Min-Max Theorem, Independent Sets, Covers and Maximum Bipartite Matching, Augmenting Path Algorithm, Weighted Bipartite Matching, Hungarian Algorithm.
Week 4:Stable Matchings and Faster Bipartite Matching, Factors & Perfect Matching in General Graphs, Matching in General Graphs: Edmonds’ Blossom Algorithm
Week 5:Connectivity and Paths: Cuts and Connectivity, k-Connected Graphs, Network Flow Ford-Fulkerson Labeling Algorithm, Max-Flow Min-cut Theorem, Menger's Proof using Max-Flow Min-Cut Theorem.
Week 6:Vertex Coloring and Upper Bounds, Brooks’ Theorem and Color-Critical Graphs, Counting Proper Colorings.
Week 7:Planar Graphs, Characterization of Planar Graphs, Kuratowski's Theorem, Wagner's Theorem.
Week 8:Line Graphs and Edge-coloring, Hamiltonian Graph, Traveling Salesman Problem and NP-Completeness, Dominating Sets.

Books and references

  1. D.B. West, Introduction to Graph Theory, Prentice Hall, 2001
  2. Jon Kleinberg and Eva Tardos, Algorithm Design, Addison-Wesley, 2005
  3. J.A.Bondy and U.S.R.Murty: Graph Theory, Springer, 2008.
  4. R.Diestel: Graph Theory, Springer( low price edition) 2000.
  5. F.Harary: Graph Theory, Narosa, (1988)
  6. C. Berge: Graphs and Hypergraphs, North Holland/Elsevier, (1973)

Instructor bio

Prof. Rajiv Misra

IIT Patna
Dr. Rajiv Misra is working in Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India. He obtained his Ph.D degree from IIT Kharagpur, M.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, and Bachelor's of engineering degree in Computer Science from MNIT Allahabad. His research interests spanned a design of distributed algorithms for Mobile, Adhoc and Sensor Networks, Cloud Computing and Wireless Networks. He has contributed significantly to these areas and published more than 70 papers in high quality journals and conferences, and 2 book chapters. His h-index is 10 with more than 590 citations. He has authored papers in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transaction on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Systems Journal, Adhoc Networks, Computer Network, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He has edited a book titled as “Smart Techniques for a Smarter Planet: Towards Smarter Algorithms” for the "Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing" book series, Springer (2018). He has supervised four Phd students and currently four Phd students working under his supervision in the area of big data, cloud computing, distributed computing, and sensor networks. He is a senior member of the IEEE and fellow of IETE. He has completed as the Principal Investigator of R&D Project Sponsored by DeiTY entitled as “Vehicular Sensor and Mesh Networks based Future ITS”. He has mentored the online courses on Cloud Computing, Advanced Graph Theory and Distributed Systems in the platform of NPTEL.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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