The SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry (AG15), sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Algebraic Geometry, took place in Daejeon, South Korea, in August. A satellite of the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2015) held in Beijing the following week, AG15 had an exceptional lineup of plenary speakers, who covered a broad range of applications of algebra and geometry: coding theory (Judy Walker and Madhu Sudan), computer algebra (Wolfram Decker), geometric complexity theory (Ketan Mulmuley), distance minimization and computer vision (Giorgio Ottaviani and Rekha Thomas), numerical algebraic geometry (Jon Hauenstein), arithmetic geometry (Minhyong Kim), and the resolution to a long-standing conjecture in matroid theory (June Huh). The large number of sessions highlighted recurring themes, such as numerical algebraic geometry, tensor decomposition, and coding theory.
Group photo at the 2015 SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry (AG15) taken at the entrance of the National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (NIMS) building in Daejeon, South Korea. Photo credit: National Institute for Mathematical Sciences, South Korea.