Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design

The Welcome Reception and Poster Session will be held on Sunday, November
9, 2003, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.


Immediately preceding the conference on Sunday, November 9, 2003, two half day short courses will be held:

SC1: Approximate Algebraic Methods


Tor Dokken, SINTEF Applied Mathematics, Norway
Laureano Gonzalez-Vega, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Bert Juettler, Johannes Kepler University, Austria

SC2: Meshfree Modeling with Distances and Splines


Ulrich Reif, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Vadim Shapiro, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Igor Tsukanov, University of Wisconsin, Madison


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 group's 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, such as applications in medicine,biology, architecture, art, and other areas.


Michel Bercovier, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Tor Dokken, SINTEF Applied Mathematics, Norway
Gerald Farin, Arizona State University
David Field, General Motors Research
Charles Loop, Microsoft Co.
Miriam L. Lucian (Co-chair), The Boeing Company
Mike Neamtu (Co-chair), Vanderbilt University
Helmut Pottmann, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Michael J. Pratt, LMR Systems, UK
Malcolm Sabin, Numerical Geometry, Ltd., United Kingdom
Peter Schröder, California Institute of Technology
Tim Strotman, MCAD Products, PLM Solutions, EDS
Wenping Wang, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the National Science Foundation for its support of this conference.


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

Algebraic and Differential Geometry
Computational Geometry
Computational Topology
Computer-aided Design and Manufacturing
Computer Vision and Image-based Modeling
Computer Graphics and Visualization
Curve and Surface Design
Kinematics and Robotics
Mesh Generation and Processing
Multi-resolution Methods
Reverse Engineering
Scattered Data Modeling and Splines
Applications in Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, and other Areas


Tom Grandine, The Boeing Company
Geometry Generation for Analysis and Optimization

Leif Kobbelt, University of Aachen, Germany
Freeform Shape Representations for Efficient Geometry Processing

Michael Leyton, Rutgers University
A Generative Theory of Shape

Stanley Osher, University of California, Los Angeles
Level Set Methods for Geometric Design and Computing

Jörg Peters, University of Florida, Gainesville
Mid-Structures Linking Curved and Linear Geometry

Konrad Polthier, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Efficient Optimization of Polyhedral Shapes

J. Maurice Rojas, Texas A&M, College Station
Complexity and Reality in Equation Solving

Tamás Várady, Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary
Reverse Engineering of Shapes - The State of the Art


Minisymposium proposals:
July 9, 2003

Minisymposium abstracts and contributed abstracts:
July 16, 2003

Contributed papers in lecture or poster format:
July 16, 2003

Audio-Visual Requirements:
October 13, 2003


You are invited to contribute a presentation for this conference in one of the following formats.


A minisymposium consists of four 25-minute presentations, with an additional five minutes for discussion after each presentation. Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations using the Conference Management System available at: Here.

It is recommended that the minisymposium organizer make the first presentation. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract. Contributed minisymposia will be refereed by the Organizing Committee. The number of minisymposia may be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the conference sessions.

For further minisymposium organizer and participant information, please visit: archive.siam.org/meetings/resources/miniguid.htm

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: July 9, 2003


Contributed presentations in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas consistent with the conference themes. A lecture format involves a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional 5 minutes for discussion. A poster format involves the use of visual aids such as 8-1/2" x 11" sheets for mounting on a 4' x 6' poster board. A poster session is two hours long. Each contributor, either for a lecture or a poster, must submit a title and a brief abstract not to exceed 75 words.

Please submit contributed presentations in lecture or poster format using the Conference Management System available at: archive.siam.org/meetings/gd03/part.htm

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts: July 16, 2003


Please use SIAM's Conference Management System to submit minisymposium proposals, minisymposium abstracts and contributed abstracts in lecture or poster format.


Authors will be notified by e-mail in August 2003



Standard AV Set-Up in Meeting Rooms
Every PLENARY SESSION ROOM will have TWO OVERHEAD PROJECTORS and TWO SCREENS, AND A DATA PROJECTOR. All other breakout rooms will have one overhead projector, one screen, and a data projector. Speakers may order additional audiovisual equipment, other than the standard AV set-up listed above, by contacting [email protected].


Registration information is now available!


Transportation information and Hotel Information are now available!

Subscription Event, Wednesday, November 12, 7:00PM

(A separate fee of $50 per person is charged to attend this event)

Conference Banquet
Princess Ballroom
Catered by 727 Pine

An eclectic northwest cuisine restaurant where you will experience a truly memorable taste of Seattle.
(Please indicate on registration form if you plan to attend.)

Cash Bar, 6:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m. (Open to everyone)
Subscription Dinner, 7:00 p.m. (cost per person is $50.00 inclusive)

Menu includes:
Roasted butternut squash soup with banana nut bread croutons

Continental: Pan seared chicken with wild rice, grilled vegetables, cippolini onions and natural pan jus
Vegetarian: Tuscany stack of grilled eggplan, zucchini, asparagus, roma tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, red pepper coulis

Trio of Desserts: Miniature chocolate mousse dome, vanilla bavarian with morello cherries, lemon curd tart

For more information on this event, visit Registration information


The program schedule and updates will be posted here as information becomes available.


Publishers, software and hardware suppliers, and service organizations that have products to offer to conference attendees are invited to exhibit. For additional information and exhibit fees, please contact the SIAM marketing representative at [email protected].


There is no workshop associated with this SIAM Conference.