SIAM Conference on Geometric Design and Computing, November 5-8, 2001, Holiday Inn Capital Plaza Hotel, Sacramento, California

Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design

About the Conference

The SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design is concerned with the mathematical and computational issues that arise in generating and processing geometric information for various engineering applications, such as mechanical design, process planning, and manufacturing. The scope of the groupís activities encompasses a wide spectrum of scientific, technological, and other skills, ranging from rigorous mathematics to the subjective aesthetics of shape.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from academia, industry, and government to discuss the mathematical and computational problems associated with the application of geometry to current problems of design, manufacturing, and the representation and analysis of physical phenomena.

The conference will be of interest to computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians from academia, government, and industry, as well as anyone interested in applying computational and mathematical methods to problems and applications of a geometrical nature.

Conference Themes

The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Invited Plenary Speakers

Monday, November 5

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
IP1 CAGD: The Evolution of a Discipline
Gerald E. Farin, Arizona State University

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
IP2 The Digital Michelangelo Project: 3D Scanning and Display of Billion-Polygon Models
Marc Levoy, Stanford University

Tuesday, November 6

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
IP3 Multivariate Splines for Scattered Data Modeling
Mike Neamtu, Vanderbilt University

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
IP4 Geometrical Problems in Robotics and Vision
Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, November 7

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
IP5 Medial Axes of Curves and Surfaces
Peter J. Giblin, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
IP6 Applications of Haptic Technology
Paul J. Stewart, Ford Research Laboratory

Thursday, November 8

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
IP7 Reconstructing Geometric Objects from Partial Information
Marshall W. Bern, Xerox Corporation

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
IP8 Geometric Computing for Sculptured Surface Machining
Yuan Shin Lee, North Carolina State University

Short Course

The slides for the short course are are now available at

SIAM Short Course on Unstructured Mesh Generation
Organizer: David L. Marcum, Mississippi State University, USA

This one-day short course will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2001, immediately preceding the conference at the same location.

Organizing Committee

Rida Farouki (Co-chair), University of California, Davis, USA
Miriam Lucian (Co-chair), The Boeing Company, USA
Thomas Banchoff, Brown University, USA
Michel Bercovier, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Hyeong In Choi, Seoul National University, Korea
Herbert Edelsbrunner, Duke University, USA
David Field, General Motors Research Labs, USA
Joel Hass, University of California, Davis, USA
Michael McCarthy, University of California, Irvine, USA
Helmut Pottmann, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
Peter Schröder, California Institute of Technology, USA
Tom Sederberg, Brigham Young University, USA
Alessandra Sestini, University of Florence, Italy
Tim Strotman, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, USA
Wenping Wang, University of Hong Kong, China
Hans Wolters, Hewlett Packard Company, USA


SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the Army Research Office (AR0), the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation for their support of this conference.

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