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SIAM Unwrapped - October 2020

October 12, 2020

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October 2020
   From SIAM HQ
SIAM Council Approves New Activity Group on Data Science (SIAG/DATA) 
SIAM Task Force Issues Report on Future Research Directions for NSF in the Era of COVID-19 

The new SIAM Activity Group is a broader rescope of SIAG/DMA; it will advance the mathematics of data science and expand SIAG/DMA's focus. Read the full announcement.

SIAM Task Force COVID-19

Organized into four categories, the report presents the recommendations of a newly-formed task force created under the SIAM Committee on Science Policy. Read more and download the full report.

Industry Panel Discussion Will Feature Applied Mathematician Entrepreneurs 
Remember to Renew Your SIAM Membership 
Industry Panel Discussion

SIAM will host a discussion on October 20 from 11:00 am—1:00 pm (ET) that will feature five panelists followed by a break-out room mixer with the speakers and other industry VIPs. Learn more and register.


Members, including free student members, must renew their SIAM membership for 2021 to continue their benefits. Renewing is easy: just go to

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   Publishing News & Notes
Mining Imperfect Data: With Examples
in R and Python
by Ronald K. Pearson
New Book: Location Estimation from the Ground Up by Sivan Toledo
Mining Imperfect Data: With Examples in R and Python

This new book from SIAM focuses on the identification and treatment of data anomalies and emphasizes the range of open-source tools available for identifying and treating them. Read more.

Location Estimation from the Ground Up

Now available from SIAM, this book explains the mathematical formulation of location-estimation problems and the statistical properties of these mathematical models. Read more.

   Math in the News
   Conference Updates
SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering Moves to 100% Virtual
Northern States Section and Texas-Louisiana Section to Hold Virtual Meetings This Month

All features, including sessions, panels, and career fair, will take place in an interactive and engaging online platform. Poster submissions are welcome through October 29. Dates remain March 1–5, 2021. Learn more.

SIAM Conference Calendar

The SIAM Northern States Section Student Chapters Conference hosted by Utah State University and the 3rd Annual Meeting of the SIAM TX-LA Section hosted by Texas A&M University will both take place virtually October 16–18, 2020. 

Upcoming Conferences & Deadlines
The 3rd Annual Meeting of the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section (Virtual)
October 16–18
Registration is free but required and will be open until the end of the event
ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (Virtual)
January 10–13, 2021
Pre-Registration Deadline: December 7, 2020

SIAM Symposium on Algorithm Engineering & Experiments (Virtual)
January 10–11, 2021
Pre-Registration Deadline: December 7, 2020

SIAM Symposium on Simplicity in Algorithms (Virtual)
January 11–12, 2021
Pre-Registration Deadline: December 7, 2020

SIAM Symposium on Algorithmic Principles of Computer Systems (Virtual)
January 13, 2021
Pre-Registration Deadline: December 7, 2020
Some of the listed conferences are discussing ways to offer an alternative, either as a virtual meeting or as a postponed event. Monitor the SIAM website for up-to-date plans.
   Featured SIAM Video
What is Artificial Intelligence and How Are We Using It?
What is AI Video
Deep learning is driving the explosion of artificial intelligence. Watch this short video in which Yann LeCun of New York University and Facebook talks about deep learning’s impact on various disciplines ranging from artificial intelligence and imaging to biomedicine, drug discovery, and genomics. LeCun also speaks about Facebook’s projects that include deep learning and AI.

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   Prizes & Awards
Final Call: October 15 is Deadline to Nominate Colleagues for 2021 SIAM Prizes
Two SIAM Paper Prizes Are Accepting Nominations Through February 15
SIAM Prize Nominations

There are 21 major prizes and SIAG prizes for 2021 that are open for nomination until October 15, 2020. Learn more and nominate a colleague.

SIAM Prize Nominations

The 2021 SIAM Student Paper Prize and SIAG/FME Conference Paper Prize are for students and postdocs. Nominations are open until February 15, 2021. Learn more and make your nomination.

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