SIAM 50th Anniversary and 2002 Annual Meeting

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Meeting Highlights

Joseph Keller, Stanford University; Harold Kuhn, Princeton University; Peter Lax, Courant Institute, New York University; and Beresford Parlett, University of California, Berkeley, will kick off the SIAM 50th Anniversary Celebration with a retrospective on the era of applied and computational mathematics from the time of SIAM's creation until the present. Don't miss the 50-Year Retrospective on Sunday, July 7, 2002, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM!

Christoph Bregler, Stanford University will deliver the I. E. Block Community Lecture "From Muybridge to Virtual Humans, the Mathematics of Motion Pictures," on Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 6:15 PM-7:15 PM. The I.E. Block Community Lecture is open to the public and is intended to encourage public appreciation of the excitement and vitality of mathematical science. The community lecture is named in honor of SIAM's long-time Managing Director and one of the SIAM founders. This lecture promises to be an entertaining illustration of the application of mathematics in modern technology.

Rita R. Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation, will present a keynote address on the occasion of SIAM's 50th anniversary, Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

Eric S. Lander of the Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give the John von Neumann Lecture, "The Human Genome and Beyond," Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM. The John von Neumann Lectureship is being awarded to Dr. Lander for his work as a geneticist, molecular biologist and mathematician.

Please visit SIAM50 Prizes and Special Lectures for information on other special lectures.

The 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner is in celebration of SIAM's past 50 years of excellence and to anticipate the next 50 years of growth and accomplishment. The dinner will take place on Thursday, July 11, 2002, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM, in the Liberty Ballroom in the Marriott Hotel Annex. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on-site. Cost: $52 per person

Please visit SIAM50 Special Events for information on other special events.

About the Meeting

A celebration of SIAM's 50th birthday, this special annual meeting will look at the strides made by industrial and applied mathematics during the past 50 years and will peek as far as we can see into the next 50. The meeting themes cover SIAM's interests, a partial list of which ranges

  • from analysis to applications,
  • from computing to control to computational science,
  • from dynamics to design,
  • from linear algebra to life sciences,
  • from optimization to outreach.

The program features plenary lectures, topical presentations, contributed talks, prizes, minitutorials, the community lecture, and, of course, minisymposia, along with diversity day, an evening of professional development, and a gala dinner. Please join us for this remarkable gathering.

SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) was founded 50 years ago to advance the application of mathematics, promote research, and provide opportunities for the exchange of information. It is appropriate that our 50th anniversary celebration brings us back to Philadelphia, where it all began and where the headquarters remain.

Short Course

Prior to the SIAM 50th Anniversary and 2002 Annual Meeting, the following two short courses will be held on Sunday, July 7, 2002 at the same location.

How to Participate

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


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 to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations using the Conference Management System available at:

A minisymposium organizer may also be a speaker in his/her minisymposium, usually the first presenter to give an expository talk. It is recommended that the minisymposium organizer make the first talk as tutorial as possible. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract. 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 conference session.

For further useful minisymposium organizer and participant information, please visit:

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: January 16, 2002

Contributed Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format

Contributed presentations in lecture or poster format 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. 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.

Please submit contributed presentations in lecture or poster format using the Conference Management System available at:

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts: February 13, 2002.

Electronic Submission

Please use SIAM's conference management system to submit minisymposium proposals, minisymposium abstracts and contributed abstracts in lecture or poster format.

Deadlines for Submission

Minisymposium Proposals January 16, 2002
Minisymposium abstracts and
Contributed abstracts in lecture or poster format
February 13, 2002
Audiovisual Requirements June 6, 2002

About Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Marriott Hotel will host the SIAM 50th Anniversary and 2002 Annual Meeting. It is located at 1201 Market Street, in the heart of the historic Philadelphia business district.

The Marriott hotel is connected by skywalk to Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Center is connected to the historic Reading Terminal Market, an open-air smorgasbord of 80 eateries and merchants. The hotel is easily accessible to Philadelphia International Airport and AMTRAK.

Area attractions include the

For more information, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and

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