Pre-Registration is now Closed

POSTPONED - SIAM Mathematics for Industry - MI03 Toronto, Rescheduled for October 13-15, 2003!

Due to the large number of cancellations, SIAM's leadership has reluctantly made the decision to POSTPONE the Mathematics for Industry Conference (MI03) scheduled for June 23-25, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

While the committee feels unanimously that Toronto is a safe and welcoming site for a conference, fear of SARS has caused numerous speaker cancellations. Given that SIAM wishes to ensure an excellent program, the meeting is being rescheduled to October 13-15, 2003. The location of the conference will remain as originally planned. It will be held at:

The Metropolitan Hotel Toronto
Telephone: 1-416-977-5000
Reservations: 1-800-668-6600 U.S. and Canada

Important details:

*It is not necessary to re-register for the conference. If you pre-registered, your registration will be transferred to the new meeting dates. If you will not be participating in the October meeting and wish to receive a refund of your fees paid, please contact to request a refund. The expectation is each person who registered for the June conference will still plan to attend in October. We are also willing to mail receipts to anyone who requires one for corporate reimbursement purposes. This same e-mail address can be used for such requests.

*If you made a hotel reservation and specified that you are part of the SIAM Mathematics for Industry group, your reservation has automatically been cancelled. It is necessary for you to re-book your hotel reservation for the October meeting. The SIAM block of rooms is being offered at the same low rate of Single/Double $205 CAD = approximately $130 USD (Approximately $146 USD including taxes.) This reduced room rate is available through Wednesday, October 1, 2003. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of the SIAM Mathematics for Industry Conference.

*If you have cancelled your presentation for the original June conference and wish to reinstate your talk for the rescheduled October meeting, please contact Otherwise, your talk will REMAIN cancelled.

Pre-registration is now OPEN!

Please contact the SIAM office with any questions (


SIAM's conference on Mathematics for Industry focuses attention on the many and varied opportunities to promote applications of mathematics to industrial problems. Since the SIAM community encompasses enormous talent for integrating and enriching both industrial work and academic research, this conference will stress interactions within the context of mathematical models and complex systems, and will encourage other mathematical themes of interest to industry, government, business and finance.

The multidisciplinary nature of challenging manufacturing and development problems inspires the first thematic focus on mathematical models of processes encountered in manufacturing. In addition to validating modelsfor consistency and computational correctness, and verifying them against real world data, these models must be joined into larger, more complexand interacting mathematical models. The second theme focuses oncomplex systems, which can vary from interactions among simplistic individual agents to complex mathematical models of behaviors. Each theme will include attention to the challenges that arise in coping with enormous amounts of data.

From the start of planning for this conference, the major objective has been the development and encouragement of industrial, government and academic collaboration. This conference will provide opportunities to present successful collaborations and to elaborate elements such as technology transfer, differing vocabularies and goals, nurturing of contacts and resolution of issues. "Bridging the industrial/academic barrier" avoids balkanizing projects by team members and treats work as a whole.

This conference has the support of the National Science Foundation and The Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada.


All Conference Presenters will be given the opportunity to post their presentation on the SIAM Great Lakes Section website ( Details will be given during the conference.

Networking Career Reception

With support from the Sloan Foundation, SIAM is hosting a Welcome Reception/Networking Career Reception. This combined event will provide an informal opportunity for students and faculty to meet professional mathematicians working in industry and government, learn about career and research opportunities, and obtain information about contacting companies and organizations regarding possible positions. This is a wonderful networking opportunity! The reception will be held at the Metropolitan Hotel Toronto from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Monday, October 13.

Fields Institute Talk and Reception

October 14, 2003, 7:30 PM
Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto

Mathematics in the Biotechnology Industry

Daniel Kobler, TM Bioscience
Elisabeth Tillier, University Health Network

Still a young industry, biotechnology is playing an increasingly important role in agriculture and healthcare, and therefore in people's lives. Progress in biotechnology has produced high though-put technologies that rapidly generate massive amounts of biological data. The need for computational tools and mathematical methods to analyze this data has resulted in increased interactions between biologists and mathematicians.

The talks presented here will focus on two major types of data: the discrete sequence data from large scale genome sequencing projects and the continuous data generated using microarrays, an essential tool in biotechnology today. These talks will illustrate the role of mathematics and statistics in the biotechnology industry.

Talks will be followed by a reception hosted by The Fields Institute.


David Field, General Motors Corporation (chair)
David Ferguson, Boeing Corporation
Michael Lachance, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Ed Moylan, SIAM Great Lakes Section
Louis Nachman, Oakland University
Joan Remski, University of Michigan, Dearborn


Tom Peters, University of Connecticut, Storrs (co-chair)
Paul Tanenbaum, U.S. Army Research Laboratory(co-chair)
Phil Tuchinsky, Ford Motor Company (co-chair)
Bradd Hart, The Fields Institute
Kirk Jordan, IBM Life Sciences Solutions
Sean O'Reilly, Ford Motor Company
Harry McLaughlin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ernie Mintel, Pratt & Whitney
Fadil Santosa, University of Minnesota
Lee Seitelman, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Bogdan Vernescu, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Marshall Walker, York University


SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the National Science Foundation for their support of this conference.


Academic, Government and Industry Collaboration

Examples of Successful Collaborations
Elements of Collaborations


Systems of Systems
Emergent Behavior of Complex Systems
Complexity in Man-made and Natural Networks
Complexity in Organizations
Multiple Agent Systems
Complexity in Business and Financial Management

Design and Manufacturing

Coping with Copious Data
Design Space Explorations
Validation and Verification of Mathematical Models
Modeling and Engineering Simulations
Interoperability of Mathematical Models
Robust Geometric Modeling
Mathematical Challenges from Industry and Government
Mixed Discrete and Continuous Simulations


John Parmentola, Director for Research and Laboratory Management, U.S. Army
Math in the Foxhole
(Abstract Forthcoming)

James C. Cavendish, General Motors Research and Development Center
"A General Framework for Validation of Computer Models and Simulations"

Raymond R. Cosner, Boeing Phantom Works
"Issues in Relying upon Computational Simulation for Aerospace Design"

James Crutchfield, Santa Fe Institute
"What Does it Mean to Process Information? Origins of Intrinsic Computation"

David Klepacki, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
" Scientific Computing and Cellular Computers"

Carl P. Simon, University of Michigan
"A Complex Systems Approach to Understanding the HIV/AIDS Epidemic"


Industrial Internship Experiences
Bogdan M. Vernescu,Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Fadil Santosa, University of Minnesota

Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Problems in Industry
Rich Braun, University of Delaware
Don Schwendeman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Model-Based Design of Uncertain Dynamical Systems
Mark R. Myers, United Tech Research Center

Engineering Design Space I: Geometry & Infrastructure Technologies
Engineering Design Space II: Optimization Technologies

John T. Betts, The Boeing Company
Tom Grandine, The Boeing Company
Tamas Terlaky, McMaster University

Crystal Growth and Defects Modeling
Huaxiong Huang, York University
Bill Micklethwaite, Firebird Semi-conductors Ltd

University-Industrial Collaborations
Emily Stone, Utah State University

Complex Systems: Microlevel Details and Macrolevel Properties
Scott Page, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Mark Everson, Ford Research Laboratory

Industrial Mathematics Masters Programs - Panel Discussion
Charles R. MacCluer , Michigan State University
Lee Seitelman, L H Seitelman Assoc.

Mathematical Modeling of Processes in the Fiber and Film Industries
Christopher L. Cox, Clemson University
Dave Carlson, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, LLC

Mathematics in Automotive Modeling and Simulation
David J. Gorsich, U.S. Army TACOM

Medical and BioMedical Imaging
J.A. Sethian, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Ted Timar, Voxar Corporation

Organizational Complexity
Daniel J. Reaume, General Motors Research & Development and Planning

Practical Complexity: Engineering of (and with) Complex Systems
William A. Tozier, Tozier Consulting

Simulation and Control of Supply Chains
Dieter Armbruster, Arizona State University
Karl Kempf, Intel Corporation

Simulation-Based Acquisition: 3-D Modeling and Simulation Challenges for DoD’s Future
Grace Bochenek, U.S. Army National Automotive Center

Panel Discussions

Industrial Mathematics within the Larger Mathematical Community
Tom Peters, University of Connecticut
David Ferguson,The Boeing Company, Seattle

Moderator: Kirk Jordan, IBM Life Sciences

Next Steps for this Conference
Mathematics for Industry Organizing Committee

David A. Field, General Motors Corporation
David Ferguson, The Boeing Company, Seattle
Phil Tuchinsky, Ford Research Laboratory
Tom Peters, University of Connecticut
Michael Lachance, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Joan Remski, University of Michigan, Dearborn


Minisymposium proposals: November 26, 2002
Minisymposium abstracts and contributed abstracts: January 23, 2003

All deadlines are FIRM. We cannot guarantee that a submission after the deadline will be included in the conference publications.


You are invited to contribute a presentation for this conference in one of the following formats:


A minisymposium consists of a two hour session dedicated to the topic proposed by the minisymposium organizers. In addition to an introduction detailed in the next paragraph, the minisymposium must have at least two presentations which may be expository, tutorial, of any other form deemed appropriate by the conference and minisymposium organizers. Prospective organizers of the minisymposium are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), a list of speakers and titles of their presentations using the Conference Management System available at:

Each minisymposium must have at least one organizer from industry. The industrial organizer will begin the minisymposium with a short introduction which describes the context and importance of the topic to industry and explains the relevance of the presentations to industrial problems.

For further minisymposium organizer and participant information, please visit:

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: November 26, 2002


Contributed presentations are invited in all areas consistent with the conference themes. A lecture format involves a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional 5 minutes for discussion.

Please submit contributed presentations using the Conference Management System available at:

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts: January 23, 2003


Please use SIAM's Conference Management System to submit minisymposium proposals, minisymposium abstracts and contributed abstracts in lecture format.


Authors will be notified by e-mail in early February.


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