Call for Papers

Held jointly for the first time with the
Sixth SIAM Conference on Optimization
May 10-12, 1999

Submissions for minisymposium proposals and contributed abstracts for the 1999 SIAM Annual Meeting are now welcome. Beat the deadline. Submit now. This announcement will be updated as new information becomes available.


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Meeting Themes

  • Combinatorial optimization

  • Generating and counting combinatorial structures
  • Graph theory, graph drawing, and visualization
  • Cryptography and electronic commerce
  • High performance computing
  • Climate modeling
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Markov chains distribution PDE
  • Scientific computing and computational methods
  • Internet computing

  • Algorithms for data and information retrieval
  • Nonlinear algebra for large systems
  • Mathematical science opportunities in industry
  • Knowledge discovery
  • Numerical linear algebra
  • Wavelets
  • Mathematical biology
  • PDE's and control of PDE's
  • Applications of linear algebra

Invited Plenary Speakers

SIAM and the Organizing Committee for the meeting are proud to announce that the following scientists and mathematicians have accepted their invitations to give plenary presentations at the Annual Meeting.

James W. Demmel, University of California, Berkeley
(Title to be announced)
Joan Feigenbaum, AT&T Laboratories, Research
Massive Graphics: Algorithms, Applications, and Open Problems;
Susan Friedlander, University of Illinois, Chicago
Instabilities in Fluid Motion;
Christopher R. Johnson, University of Utah
Interactive Simulation and Visualization: Applications to Large-Scale Computational Problems
Stephane Mallat, Courant Institute of Mathematical Scienes, New York University; and Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France
Image Processing With Sparse Representations
Herbert S. Wilf, University of Pennsylvania
NewAsymptotic Oscillations and Binary Partitions of Integers
Lai-Sang Young, University of California, Los Angeles
Stochastic Behavior in Deterministic Dynamical Systems

The following plenary speakers will give their presentations to a joint session of the Sixth SIAM Conference on Optimization and the Annual Meeting:

David E. Keyes, Old Dominion University and ICASE-NASA Langley Research
Krylov, Lagrange, Newton and Schwarz: Combinations and Permutations
Olvi L. Mangasarian, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Optimization in Machine Learning and Data Mining

Special Features

At this meeting, the following special lectures will be delivered:

  • The John von Neumann Lecture: "The Immersed Boundary Method for Biological Fluid Dynamics"
    Charles S. Peskin, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

  • The I. E. Block Community Lecture: "Mathematical Insights in Bicycle and Car Racing"
    Richard A. Tapia, Rice University
  • The Past-President's Address
    John Guckenheimer, Cornell University

One-Day Workshops

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the following workshops are being planned:

  • High School Mathematics Teachers Day

  • The Third SIAM Graduate Student Focus on Diversity

Prizes and Awards

During the meeting, SIAM will award the following prizes. Prize winners may also give presentations.

Organizing Committee

Fan Chung Graham, Co-Chair
University of Pennsylvania
Jack J. Dongarra, Co-Chair
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Randolph E. Bank
University of California, San Diego
Michael W. Berry
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Randall Bramley
Indiana University, Bloomington

Barbara L. Keyfitz
University of Houston
Konstantin Mischaikow
Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael L. Overton
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Carla Savage
North Carolina State University
Ramarathnam Venkatesan
Microsoft Research


A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four presentations on a well-focused topic consistent with the meeting themes. Minisymposium organizers are being invited by the Organizing Committee. A partial list of topics and organizers is as follows:

Information Retrieval
Organizer: Michael W. Berry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Finite Element Methods in Mechanics
Organizer: Susanne Brenner, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Massive Graph Algorithmics
Organizer: Adam Buchsbaum, AT&T Laboratories, Research
Asymptotic Methods in Combinatorics
Organizer: E. Rodney Canfield, University of Georgia
Network Enabled Solvers
Organizer: Henri Casanova, Unversity of Tennessee, Knoxville
NewNumerical Methods for Multi-Scale Partial Differential Equations
Organizers: Don Estep and  Shi Jin, Georgia Institute of Technology
NewOrthogonal Polynomials and Applications
Organizer: Jeff Geronimo, Georgia Institute of Technology
Recent Advances in Graph Theory
Organizer: Ron Gould, Emory University
 Organizers: Chris Heil and Yang Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology
NewCombining Theory and Simulations in the Aplications of Markov Chains
Organizer: Susan Holmes, Stanford University
Organizer: James M. Hyman, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Boundary Value Problems for Degenerate Elliptic Equations
Organizer: Barbara L. Keyfitz, University of Houston
NewLattice Systems
Organizer: John Mallet-Paret, Brown University  
Java and Numerical Methods
Organizer: Roldan Pozo, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Sparse Linear Algebra
Organizer: Padma Raghavan, University  of Tennessee, Knoxville
NewCommunicating with Chaos
Organizer: Raj Roy,  Georgia Institute of Technology
Fast Generation of Combinatorial Structures
Organizer: Frank Ruskey, University of Victoria, Canada
Computational Aspects of Coding Theory
Organizer: Leonard Schulman, Georgia Institute of Technology
Large Scale Eigenvalue Problems
Organizer: Danny Sorensen, Rice University
Markov Chain Approaches to Counting and Approximation
Organizer: Prasad Tetali, Georgia Institute of Technology
Combinatorics of Partially Ordered Sets
Organizer: Tom Trotter, Arizona State University
NewPattern Formation in Higher Order Differential Equations
Organizers: Robert Vandervorst and Stanislaus Maier-Paape, Georgia Institute of Technology
NewNumerical Computation of Lyapunov Exponents
Organizers: Erik Van Vleck, Colorado School of Mines and Luca Dieci, Georgia Institute of Technology
Combinatorial Problems in Biology
Organizer: Tandy Warnow, University of Pennsylvania
Graph Drawing and Visualization
Organizer: Sue Whitesides, University of Rochester    

How to Participate

You are invited to contribute a presentation for this meeting in one of the following formats.

  • Minisymposia

    A minisymposium consists of four 25-minute presentations, with an additional five minutes for discussion after each presentation. Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of: a title, a description (not exceeding 100 words), a list of 4 speakers (a minisymposium organizer may also be a speaker in his/her minisymposium, usually the first presenter to give an expository talk), and titles of their presentations. It is recommended that the minisymposium organizer make the first talk as tutorial as possible. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to A minisymposium proposal form is available on-line at Complete the on-line form and submit it to SIAM.

    Contributed minisymposia will be refereed by the Organizing Committee. The number of minisymposia may be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the meeting session.

    Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: November 16, 1998.
    Deadline for submission of minisymposium speakers' abstracts: November 16, 1998.

  • Contributed Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format

    Contributed presentations in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas of applied mathematics consistent with the meeting themes. A lecture format involves a 12-minute oral presentation with an additional three minutes for discussion. A poster format involves the use of visual aids such as 8-1/2" x 11" sheets for mounting on a 4' x 6' poster board. A poster session is two hours long. Each contributor, either for a lecture or poster format, must submit a title and a brief abstract not to exceed 75 words. Submissions must be transmitted electronically in LaTeX format to LaTeX macros can be accessed at If you do not have access to the Web, contact and the macro will be sent to you via e-mail.

    Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts: November 16, 1998.

Graduate Student Poster Session

This is NEW at this meeting. Graduate students and new Ph.D. holders (finishing the same year) are especially urged to participate in the poster session to present their thesis work for others to learn about it, and for them to meet possible employers. Student participants must indicate in their abstracts that they are graduate students.

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts: November 16, 1998.

Electronic Submission

Every presenter of either a minisymposium or contributed or poster presentation must submit a 75-word abstract to be considered for presentation. Submissions must be sent electronically to using the LaTeX macro at

Notice of Acceptance or Rejection

SIAM will send notices on December 15, 1998 to all submitters as to whether their minisymposium proposals and contributed abstracts have been accepted.

Because of the possibility of space and time constraints, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of presentations given by one individual. This includes presentations in a minisymposium as well as contributed sessions.


The meeting program and registration information will be available in January 1999 on the Web at


Publishers, software and hardware suppliers, and service organizations that have products to offer to meeting attendees are invited to exhibit. For further information and fees, please contact the SIAM Marketing Representative at

Dates to Remember

  • Minisymposia
    November 16, 1998: Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals and minisymposium speakers' abstracts.

  • Contributed Presentations
    November 16, 1998: Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts for lecture or poster presentations.
    November 16, 1998: Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts for graduate students poster presentations.

Maintained by Maryann M. Donaghy,
Created: 7/22/98 Updated: 1/21/99