2001 SIAM Annual Meeting, July 9-13, 2001, Town and Country Resort Hotel, San Diego, California

Short Course: Mathematical Software -- MATLAB, Mathematica and Maple

July 8, 2001, Town and Country Resort Hotel, San Diego, California


Cleve Moler, MathWorks


This is actually three simultaneous, coordinated courses. It will be possible to attend one day-long course involving one mathematical software package. Or, after the introductory sessions, it will be possible to attend each of the portions of the courses concentrating on a particular topic.

Level of Material

30% Introductory, 50% Intermediate, 20% Advanced

Recommended Background

Undergraduate mathematics, including matrices and differential equations, and some scientific programming experience.

Who Should Attend?

Faculty, students, professional scientists and engineers who are interested in learning how to use, or to better use, one or more of these systems.

About the Instructors

Cleve Moler
The MathWorks
Chairman and Chief Scientist. Original author of MATLAB. One of the founders of the MathWorks. Current responsibilities include continued development of MATLAB's mathematical core.

Rob Knapp
Wolfram Research
Rob Knapp has worked on numerical computation for Mathematica since 1994. He got his degree in applied mathematics from the Courant Institute in 1988.

Keith Geddes
University of Waterloo
Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director of the Symbolic Computation Group. One of the original authors of Maple and one of the founders of Waterloo Maple, Inc.

Jacques Carette
Waterloo Maple
Jacques Carette has worked in various capacities at Waterloo Maple Inc since 1991. He is now Senior Architect. He got his PhD in Pure Mathematics from the Universite' de Paris-Sud (Orsay) in 1997.


Each course will spend about an hour on each of six topics. After the introductions, the order will be staggered so that attendees may concentrate on particular topics. The day will conclude with a combined session involving all three packages. The topics are:

Basic syntax and capabilities
Numerical computation
Matrices, differential equations, special functions, floating point computation
Symbolic computation
Computer algebra and calculus
Two and three dimensional plots, images, "visualization"
Larger scale software development
Specialized packages
Toolboxes, third party products.


Seats are limited. Please register before the deadline. To register, please submit the Preregistration Form. Submit completed form with registration payment to reach SIAM on or before June 7, 2001. Registration fee includes coffee breaks and lunch on Sunday, July 8.

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