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Anticipating Next Year’s Annual Meeting

By Douglas N. Arnold and Lois Curfman McInnes

The SIAM Annual Meeting is the largest and most important applied mathematics conference of the year. Unlike the many topical meetings, which are generally focused on a single SIAM activity group (SIAG) or field, the Annual Meeting acts as a forum that bridges subdisciplinary boundaries and promotes interaction across SIAM’s diverse international membership in academia, industry, and government. 

The 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting (AN18) will take place from July 9-13, 2018, in Portland, Ore. As always, the schedule is a surfeit of riches. The scientific program is built around 14 invited talks, a handful of prize lectures, minitutorials, minisymposia, poster sessions, and contributed talks. Other highlights include the I.E. Block Community Lecture (followed by the Community Reception), Past President’s Address, Prizes and Awards Luncheon, Workshop Celebrating Diversity, Student Days, the industry panel, funding agencies panel, career fair, Professional Development Evening, and much more. The 2018 meeting will occur simultaneously with the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science, the SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education, and the SIAM Workshop on Network Science. Special tracks will also be organized by the SIAGs in algebraic geometry, dynamical systems, and geosciences. But the meeting themes go well beyond these topics, covering the gamut of applied and computational mathematics.

At this time, we invite SIAM community members to help guide the scientific content of AN18 by submitting a proposal for a minisymposium (thematic group of lectures), a minisymposterium (thematic group of posters), or an individual presentation in lecture or poster format. We especially encourage submissions that include an accessible introduction to a topic; emphasize communication across disciplinary boundaries; and explain the topic’s motivation, key issues, and impact to non-specialists. Minisymposium proposals are due by January 10, 2018, while contributed lecture, poster, minisymposium, and presentation abstracts are due by January 31, 2018.

The AN18 Organizing Committee has selected a stellar group of invited speakers covering a broad range of applied mathematics, listed here with tentative presentation titles:

  • Understanding Network Structure and Function in the Human Brain. Danielle S. Bassett, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Structure and Randomness in Encrypted Computation. Craig B. Gentry, IBM Research, USA
  • On Coin Tosses, Atoms and Forest Fires. Martin Hairer, University of Warwick, UK
  • The Future of Scientific Computation. Bruce Hendrickson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics: A New Curriculum for 21st Century Discovery and Innovation. Jeffrey Humpherys, Brigham Young University, USA
  • The Mathematics of Wrinkles and Folds. Robert V. Kohn, New York University, USA
  • Recent Advances in Dimensionality Reduction with Provable Guarantees. Jelani Nelson, Harvard University, USA
  • Nonlinear Patterns and Waves: From Spectra to Stability and Dynamics. Björn Sandstede, Brown University, USA
  • Automatic Behavioral Analysis for Computational Psychiatry at Home. Guillermo Sapiro, Duke University, USA
  • Seeing Through Rock: Mathematics of Inverse Wave Propagation. William W. Symes, Rice University, USA
  • Snow Business: Computational Elastoplasticity in the Movies and Beyond. Joseph M. Teran, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (American Mathematical Society Invited Address)
  • Algebraic Vision. Rekha R. Thomas, University of Washington, USA
  • Connections and Reconnections: A Link Between Mathematics, Physics and DNA. Mariel Vazquez, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Challenges for Numerical Analysis in Large-Scale Simulation. Barbara Wohlmuth, Technische Universität München, Germany

In addition, Thomas Hales of the University of Pittsburgh will deliver the I.E. Block Community Lecture, entitled How Paradoxes Shape Mathematics and Give Us Self-Verifying Computer Programs.

The following minitutorials will also take place:

  • Geometric Deep Learning on Graphs and Manifolds Going Beyond Euclidean Data. Organized by Michael Bronstein, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
  • Simulation-Based Statistics. Organized by Tim Hesterberg, Google, USA

This and future issues of SIAM News will feature short articles by the speakers introducing the topics of their talks. The current issue features introductions by Bruce Hendrickson and Guillermo Sapiro.

The 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting will be a conference you will not want to miss — an exceptional opportunity to broaden your horizons, exchange ideas, and interact with the SIAM community. Mark your calendar for July 9-13, 2018, and plan to join us in Portland.

Doug Arnold is McKnight Presidential Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He was director of the IMA from 2001 to 2008 and president of SIAM from 2009 to 2010. Lois Curfman McInnes is a senior computational scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory. Arnold and McInnes are the AN18 Organizing Committee Co-chairs.

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