1998 SIAM Annual Meeting
Ninth SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics

Jointly held for the first time

General Information

Visitor Information

Metropolitan Toronto is a clean, safe, cosmopolitan city with a wonderful network of parks and recreational and cultural facilities. Set on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario and located farther south than Minnesota and much of Michigan, Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America by highway, air, rail, and water. Toronto's climate is similar to that of many U.S. cities. In summer (June-August) the average temperature is 80 o F. Toronto is one of the world's most ethnically diverse cities. It is home to more than 80 ethnic communities from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Toronto is also the business center of Canada. For comprehensive information about Toronto, visit their web site at www.tourism-toronto.com.

Identification and Currency Exchange

Citizens and legal residents of the U.S. do not need passports, but they are preferred. Native-born U.S. citizens should have a birth or voter's certificate showing citizenship and photo identification. Naturalized citizens need a naturalization certificate or other evidence of citizenship. Permanent residents (non U.S. citizens) need their alien registration cards.

Attendees coming from countries other than the United States may require a visa to enter Canada. When making your travel plans be sure to consult with the Canadian Consulate or Embassy in your country to determine whether or not a visa is required.

Every 30 days, returning U.S. residents are allowed to take back $400 (retail value) worth of duty free merchandise provided they have been out of the U.S. for 48 hours.

US funds can be changed into Canadian funds at any bank or exchange house; some identification may be required. Most places accept American currency, but banks and exchange houses give the best exchange rate. Other foreign currency needs to be changed at 'special exchange houses' located at the airport and train station. Ask your hotel concierge for other locations. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Goods and Services Tax

The goods and services tax (GST) is a 7% tax that is charged on most goods and services sold or provided in Canada. Foreign visitors to Canada can apply for a rebate on the GST paid on accommodation (up to 30 nights per visit) and on goods purchased in Canada and subsequently exported within 60 days of purchase. We shall supply all registered meeting attendees with information regarding the 'Tax Refund For Visitors' program.

Lunch Accommodations

Due to the size of the joint 1998 SIAM Annual Meeting/Ninth SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics and limited facilities for obtaining food in a timely manner, SIAM has arranged for the University of Toronto to open the cafeteria located between the Registration Hall (Wilson) and the Exhibit Hall (Wetmore) on a daily basis. Please feel free to utilize this service.

Job Postings

SIAM will have a bulletin board located in the registration area. This board is available for academic and corporate employees who wish to solicit applications and/or interview during the conference to post job opportunities.

Dining Get-Together Opportunities

A bulletin board in the registration area will list some of the restaurants in Toronto. A sign-up sheet will be available for those who wish to dine out with other SIAM attendees. The time for attendees to meet and directions to the restaurants will also be listed.

E-mail Access

E-mail access will be available at the PC Lab located in the Sigmund Samuel Library of the University of Toronto. That is building SM on the campus map. The Library is just across the "Front Campus" from Convocation Hall (CH), where the plenary sessions are held. For more information on how to log in, see a SIAM personnel at the registration desk.

The MathWorks will also provide e-mail access on the exhibit floor. Access will be available only during exhibit hall hours - Sunday from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Donald Dawson, Director of the Fields Institute, invites participants of the meeting to visit the Institute located on 222 College Street. It will be open July 13 -17 from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Terminals will be available on the 2nd and 3rd floor common areas and Institute library for checking e-mail. Feel free to also use this area to network with your colleagues. Visitors must check in at the reception desk on the second floor when they arrive at the Institute.

Exhibit Hall

Tabletop and combined exhibits will be located Wetmore Hall, which is the building just across from Wilson Hall where registration is located. All coffee breaks will be scheduled in the exhibit hall. Please contact the SIAM Marketing Representative at [email protected] for additional information.


Meeting Location

This jointly held meeting and conference will take place on the campus of the University of Toronto, with an approximate 5 to 10 minute walking radius to all technical sessions. The meeting/conference site is a 20-minute walk from the hotels on Bloor Street.

Map Location

Meeting/Conference Registration

2nd Floor, New College Wilson Hall,
Lobby area
Corner of Spadina Avenue and Willcocks Street


Short Courses, Sunday, July 12

New College Wilson Hall
Corner of Spadina Avenue and Willcox Street


Discrete Mathematics Conference, July 12-15

Plenary session
See Annual Meeting below for Joint Plenary Sessions
Earth Science Center Auditorium
Between Spadina Avenue and Huron Street
South of Willcocks Street, or #5 Bancroft Avenue


Parallel Sessions
Sidney Smith Building*
South of the Corner of St. George and Willcocks Streets and/ or corner of Huron and Willcocks Streets. 100 George Street is the main entrance, but can be accessed via Huron Street as well.


Annual Meeting, July 13-17

Plenary Sessions and Joint Plenary Sessions
Convocation Hall
31 King's College Circle on Galbraith Street
between St. George and King's College Streets


Parallel Sessions
Sidney Smith Building* (address same as above)


The best way to get around the University of Toronto and the city itself is by walking. Bring good walking shoes and enjoy the campus. Explore the city on foot - day or night.

Social Events

Admission to these social events requires registration and payment (if indicated). Tickets will be issued at the registration desk along with your paid meeting registration packet. Refer to Registration Information for more information and details on how to register for these events.

Poster Session/Pizza Get-Together
Monday, July 13
Sidney Smith Building, Hangar Pub
6:30 PM-8:30 PM, $12.00 U.S.
Advance registration necessary.
For those who have purchased tickets, pizza and beer will be served in the Hangar Pub, Sidney Smith Building. All SIAM attendees, however, are welcome to view the posters for free in the Hangar Pub if they do not want pizza and beer.

"BBQ/Canadian Style"
Thursday, July 16, Medical Science Building Terrace
6:30 PM-8:30 PM, $20.00 U.S.
Advance registration necessary.
Admission to social events listed below is included in your registration fee. However, please indicate on the registration form whether or not you will be attending. A ticket is required for admittance.

SIAG Discrete Mathematics "Meet & Greet" Hour
Sunday, July 12, Wetmore Hall, New College
5:30 PM-6:30 PM.
Advance registration necessary. No charge for this event for registrants of the Discrete Mathematics Conference. Sodas and snacks will be served and a cash bar will also be available. This reception will be held in the Discrete Mathematic Lounge area located in Wetmore Hall.

Welcoming Reception
Sunday, July 12th, Hart House, King's College Circle
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Open to all SIAM meeting attendees. There is no charge for this event, however tickets are required for admission. Advance registration is requested. Sodas and snacks will be served and a cash bar will also be available. The Welcoming Reception will be held at Hart House, an old and gothic building with 50 foot ceilings and a 100-foot-long great hall, located on King's College Circle at the University of Toronto.

Networking Picnic/Box Lunch
Thursday, July 16, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Commons between Wetmore and Wilson Halls
Open to SIAM members only
In an effort to engage in more open dialogue between the SIAM officers and members, the second annual networking picnic is being planned. This is a "members only" function. There is no charge for this event, however, tickets are required for admission. Advance registration is requested.

Community Reception
Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30 PM- 8:30 PM
Medical Science Building Terrace
Open to all SIAM attendees.
There is no charge for this event, however, tickets are required for admission. The Community Reception immediately following the I. E. Block Community Lecture will be held outside the Medical Science Building, across from Convocation Hall on King's College Circle. The splendor of the location will definitely make you think you're in jolly old England. Snacks and sodas will be served and a cash bar will also be available.

RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY AND ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE EVENTS. Because we are working with a university and universities are not equipped to work with last minute reservations, we request that you register for all the social functions you plan to attend before the pre-registration deadline (June 23, 1998). Tickets cannot be guaranteed after the registration deadline and we want to avoid disappointing our registrants. Refer to the registration form to obtain your tickets. We hope you plan to support and attend all of the above events.

Booth Exhibits
Location: Wetmore Hall

Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Monday 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Academic Press (Booth #4)
San Diego, CA 92101

With over 50 years of experience, Academic Press continues its quest for excellence in scientific, technical publishing. Visit us to browse our new and classic titles. Meeting discounts range from 15% - 30%. Also, receive a FREE Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology with any purchase totaling $200 or more!

Birkhäuser-Boston (Booth #11)
New York, NY 10010

Birkhäuser Boston, a division of Springer Verlag, is an international scientific publisher renowned for its uniqueness and publishing standards. In partnership with Birkhäuser-Verlag Basel, Birkhäuser Boston focuses on publishing titles in pure and applied mathematics, and in computational sciences and engineering for advanced/graduate students and professional level researchers.

Cambridge University Press (Booth #9)
New York, NY 10011-4211

Stop by the Cambridge booth to see: The Mathematica Primer (Coombes et al), Dynmamic Fracture Mechanics (Freund), Digital Systems Engineering (Dally and Poulton), Evolutionary Games and Replicator Dynamics (Hofbauer and Sigmund) and many other fine titles.

Elsevier Science (Booth #10)
New York, NY 10010

Visit the Elsevier booth for an online demonstration of the new journal home pages and see how easily you can access the latest research results in industrial, computational and applied mathematics. Of course, you can also come to browse through our full range of books and journals on display. Collect free sample copies of the journals of your choice or take advantage of the special 20% conference discount on all our book titles. Our staff will be happy to assist and look forward to meeting you there.

Institute for Scientific Information (Booth #3)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The CompuMath Citation Index on CD-ROM is a citation database devoted exclusively to computer sciences and mathematics research. This comprehensive index offers complete bibliographic data, searchable author abstracts, and cited references for over 350 fully covered journals, with individually selected coverage from the entire ISI database of over 8,000 publications. Published bimonthly in a rolling five-year file, the CompuMath Citation Index on CD-ROM is your single source for computer sciences and mathematics literature.

Inverson Software Inc. (Booth #7)
Shorewind, MN 55331

Jsoftware is a mathematical array oriented programming language. The language has built-in functions that are highly optimized to operate on whole arrays at a time, allowing you to manipulate data far more easily than with conventional software.

The concise syntax and interactive environment make J ideal for applications such as statistical, financial, and actuarial analysis, modeling simulation and educational use.

MathType(TM) by Design Science (Booth # 8)
Long Beach, CA 90803

TeX is hard. MathType is easy. Whether you're forced to use TeX or you would like to avoid TeX and use a modern word processor on your PC, you can use MathType to write typeset-quality equations. Create equations with MathType and insert them into word processing documents (as graphics), into TeX documents (as TeX code) and into Web pages (as GIF files). Visit the MathType exhibit for a demonstration and receive a white paper: "Mathematics on the Web: MathML and MathType."

Oxford University Press (Booth #12)
New York, NY 10016

Oxford University Press publishes a wide range of textbooks, reference works, and scholarly monographs of interest to the applied mathematics community.

Prentice Hall (Booth #2)
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Prentice Hall, the leading publisher of college course materials in the world, successfully publishes texts from introductory to advanced, professional, and reference levels in addition to monographs. Please stop by our booth to check out our advanced mathematics (both pure and applied) and statistics titles (including statistical software packages) in addition to selected books from our engineering and computer science lists. Several texts including coverage of computational software will be on display as will the Student Edition of MATLAB 5.0.

The MathWorks, Inc. (Booth #1)
Natick, MA 01760

The MathWorks will be highlighting their new Release 10 CD at the 1998 SIAM Meeting. The CD includes enhancements to MATLAB, the MATLAB Compiler and C/C++ Math Libraries, Simulink, and a variety of toolboxes. New features in MATLAB include support for ActiveX, OpenGL and HDF, while the Compiler and Libraries offer MATLAB 5 compatibility. The latest version of Simulink includes a simulation debugger, GUI improvements, and S-function enhancements.

SIAM (Megabooth in Registration Area)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Visit the SIAM megabooth to check out our services and publications. There are new books in almost every SIAM series. Talk to SIAM's acquisitions editors about books you are writing or to make suggestions about books you would like to see published. You will also see sample print issues of SIAM's renowned journals, as well as a demonstration of SIAM Journals Online. Membership information and applications will be available for those individuals who are not already SIAM members. Plenty of information is also available to take with you. Don't forget to pick up a copy of SIAM News for the road. SIAM's booth is located right across from the registration area in Wilson Hall. This building is right next to Wetmore Hall where the actual exhibit hall is located.

Springer-Verlag N.Y. Inc. (Booth #13 & 14)
New York, NY 10010

For over 155 years Springer-Verlag has published high quality books and journals covering a wide array of topics. Please stop by the Springer booth to see our very latest titles in applied mathematics, including new titles in Mathematical Finance, Optimization, Inverse Problems, Applications in Numerical PDE, Numerical Linear Algebra, Analysis, Computing, Discrete Mathematics, and MAPLE among many others--all at a 20% discount! For further details, inquire at the booth, send an e-mail to [email protected], call: 1-800-SPRINGER or visit the Springer web site at (http://www.springer-ny.com).

Waterloo Maple, Inc. (Booth #13 & 14)
Waterloo, ON N2L 5J2

Maple V Release 5 is a powerful interactive computer algebra system that provides a complete mathematical environment for the manipulation of symbolic algebraic expressions, arbitrary-precision numerics, graphics, and programming. Maple V is used worldwide by educators, scientists, engineers, researchers, and students in the physical sciences, business management, economics, finance, and engineering. Maple V's library features over 2,700 functions that are use in many scientific and engineering applications. These features include arithmetic with integers, fractions, variables, polynomials and general expressions, solving equations, factoring, differentiation, series expansions of functions, indefinite and definite integration, solving differential and recurrence equations, matrix operations, plotting, and much more.

Wolfram Research (Booth #5)
Champaign, IL 61820

Mathematica 3.0, from Wolfram Research, is the world's only fully integrated technical computing system, used by over a million scientists, engineers, programmers, and students. Mathematica is known for delivering quick, accurate numeric and symbolic solutions. With customized buttons and palettes, it is ideal for creating text, active formulas, and graphics for use in interactive reports and presentations. Mathematica is now even easier to use, with breakthrough new features, such as an innovative typesetting system that can do math.

Tabletop Exhibits/Combined Exhibitors





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