SIAM Conference on Geometric Design and Computing, November 5-8, 2001, Holiday Inn Capital Plaza Hotel, Sacramento, California

Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design

About the Conference

The SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design is concerned with the mathematical and computational issues that arise in generating and processing geometric information for various engineering applications, such as mechanical design, process planning, and manufacturing. The scope of the groupís activities encompasses a wide spectrum of scientific, technological, and other skills, ranging from rigorous mathematics to the subjective aesthetics of shape.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from academia, industry, and government to discuss the mathematical and computational problems associated with the application of geometry to current problems of design, manufacturing, and the representation and analysis of physical phenomena.

The conference will be of interest to computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians from academia, government, and industry, as well as anyone interested in applying computational and mathematical methods to problems and applications of a geometrical nature.

Conference Themes

The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Invited Plenary Speakers

Computational Geometry and Meshing
Marshall Bern, Xerox PARC, USA
CAGD: The Evolution of a Discipline
Gerald E. Farin, Arizona State University, USA
Symmetry Sets and Medial Axes
Peter J. Giblin, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Geometrical Problems in Robotics and Vision
Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Geometric Computing for Sculptured Surface Machining
Yuan Shin Lee, North Carolina State University, USA
The Digital Michelangelo Project
Marc Levoy, Stanford University, USA
Multivariate Splines for Scattered Data Modeling
Mike Neamtu, Vanderbilt University, USA
Applications of Haptic Interfaces to Automotive Design
Paul J. Stewart, Ford Motor Company, USA

Short Course

Geometric Design and Mesh Generation

Organizer: David L. Marcum, Mississippi State University, USA

This one-day short course will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2001, immediately preceding the conference at the same location.

Organizing Committee

Rida Farouki (Co-chair), University of California, Davis, USA
Miriam Lucian (Co-chair), The Boeing Company, USA
Thomas Banchoff, Brown University, USA
Michel Bercovier, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Hyeong In Choi, Seoul National University, Korea
Herbert Edelsbrunner, Duke University, USA
David Field, General Motors Research Labs, USA
Joel Hass, University of California, Davis, USA
Michael McCarthy, University of California, Irvine, USA
Helmut Pottmann, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
Peter Schröder, California Institute of Technology, USA
Tom Sederberg, Brigham Young University, USA
Alessandra Sestini, University of Florence, Italy
Tim Strotman, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, USA
Wenping Wang, University of Hong Kong, China
Hans Wolters, Hewlett Packard Company, USA


SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the Army Research Office (AR0) and the Department of Energy for their support of this conference.


Design and Optimization of Aerospace Configurations
M. Hafez, University of California, Davis, USA
Computational Topology
Joel Hass, University of California, Davis, USA
Computational Methods for Algebraic Spline Surfaces
Bert Juettler, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria
Scattered Data Modeling
Tom Lyche, University of Oslo, Norway
Geometry of Motion
J. Michael McCarthy, University of California, Irvine, USA
Computational Differential Geometry
John Sullivan, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
Open Source Software for Modeling
Hans J. Wolters, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, USA and Michel Bercovier, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Robust Geometric Computation
Chee Yap, New York University, USA
Subdivision Methods
Denis Zorin, New York University, USA

How to Contribute


A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four presentations on a well-focused topic. A number of minisymposia have been solicited by the conference Organizing Committee to supplement the conference themes. The Organizing Committee also encourages proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes.

Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations using the Conference Management System available at:

Minisymposium organizers should consider the following recommendations when designing their sessions.

The Organizing Committee will review contributed minisymposia and reserve the right to limit the number of minisymposia to maintain an acceptable level of parallelism in the meeting sessions.

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals is: April 16, 2001.

Contributed Presentations in Lecture Format

Contributed presentations in lecture format are invited in all areas of geometric design and computing consistent with the conference themes. A lecture format involves a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional five minutes for discussion.

Contributed Presentations in Poster Format

A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aides on a 4' x 6' poster board presented in a two-hour informal session that allows presenters to discuss their research with attendees.

Posters should state the subjects, methods, present data, and conclusions.

A poster board will be provided at the conference for each poster presenter.

To know more about a poster presentation, please visit:

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of contributed presentations a single speaker may present.

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts for a lecture or poster: May 15, 2001.

Conference Speakers

The Conference organizing committee expects every speaker of a scheduled presentation to register and attend the conference. (SIAM would ask that the speaker(s) pre-register so that all program materials are ready for the speaker(s) when they arrive and check in at the registration desk).

If it becomes necessary for a speaker to cancel his/her presentation, the speaker is expected to find an alternate presenter immediately, preferably one of the speaker's co-authors. The speaker must inform the SIAM Conference Department immediately of any change to his/her scheduled presentation.

A 'no-show' or cancelled presentation can cause serious inconvenience to the attendees and conference organizers.The committee thanks all speakers in advance for compliance with this request.

Electronic Submission

Every presenter of a contributed or poster presentation must submit a 75-word abstract, which must be sent electronically using the Conference Management System available at: The 75-word abstract will appear in the final program.

About Conference Headquarters

For more information on Sacramento, California, visit the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau at For more information on the hotel, visit the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Hotel's web site

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