Call for Papers

The application of geometry to current problems of design, manufacturing, and the representation of physical phenomena continues to grow.

The Sixth SIAM Conference on Geometric Design will address the most important recent advances in curve and surface design, geometrical algorithms, solid modelling, and applications in the traditional fields of automobile and aircraft manufacturing, and general product design. Contributions to more modern fields including scientific visualization, medical imaging, computer vision, robotics, and digital movie making will also be discussed.

The conference will bring together computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and researchers and scientists from academia, government, and industry, as well as anyone interested in applying computational and mathematical methods to problems of geometric design or in any of the many applications.

And immediately after the conference...
Short Course on
Applications of Classical Geometry
in Computer-Aided Design
Saturday, November 6, 1999

Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design


Conference Themes

The major themes include, but are not limited to

  • Curve and surface design

  • Geometric modelling
  • Visualization
  • Computer graphics
  • Manufacturing geometry
  • Reverse engineering
  • Solid modelling
  • Computational geometry
  • Multiresolution methods
  • Mesh processing

Organizing Committee

Tony DeRose, Co-chair
Pixar Animation Studios
Rida T. Farouki, Co-chair
University of California, Davis
Elaine Cohen
University of Utah
Wendelin L. F. Degen
Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Tim N. T. Goodman
University of Dundee, Scotland
Thomas A. Grandine
The Boeing Company
Günther Greiner
Universität Erlangen, Germany
Hugues Hoppe
Microsoft Corporation
Carla Manni
Università di Firenze, Italy
Alyn Rockwood
Arizona State University
Malcolm A. Sabin
Numerical Geometry, Ltd., United Kingdom
Joe Warren
Rice University

Short Course

The Short Course on Applications of Classical Geometry in Computer-Aided Design will be conducted on Saturday, November 6, 1999, immediately after the conference. The organizer and lecturer is Helmut Pottmann of the Technical University of Vienna, Austria.

Dates to Remember


March 1, 1999
Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals.

April 1, 1999
Deadline for submission of minisymposium speakers' 75-word abstracts.

Contributed Presentations

April 1, 1999
Deadline for submission of one-page extended abstract and 75-word abstract for contributed focus session.

April 1, 1999
Deadline for submission of 75-word abstract for a standard lecture or poster presentation.

Notice of Acceptance or Rejection

Authors will be notified as to whether or not their abstracts have been accepted by May 1, 1999.

Questions? E-mail [email protected]

SIAM Conferences

NewDeadline Extension

Due to several requests that we have received, the Organizing Committee is pleased to inform you that the deadline for submissions --- a 75-word abstract for a Standard Lecture Session or Poster Session; a 75-word abstract plus one-page extended abstract for a Focus Session has been extended to APRIL 15, 1999.    

Invited Presentations

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee are proud to announce that the following mathematicians and scientists have accepted their invitations to speak at the conference.

Thomas F. Banchoff, Brown University
UpdatedTitle to be announced
Edwin E. Catmull, Pixar Animation Studios
Using Surface Mathematics for Character Animation
Herbert Edelsbrunner, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Modeling and Reconstruction with Simplices
David R. Ferguson, The Boeing Company
NewAn Industrial Look at CAGD Within Boeing
Helaman R. P. Ferguson, Sculptor, Laurel, Maryland
Mathematics in Stone and Bronze
John Owen, D-Cubed Ltd., United Kingdom
Larry L. Schumaker, Vanderbilt University
NewRecent Advances in Macro-Element Methods for Scattered Data
Thomas W. Sederberg, Brigham Young University
UpdatedBernstein-Basis Cremona Transformations


A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four related talks on a well-focused topic consistent with the conference themes. A number of minisymposia are being invited by the Organizing Committee to supplement the conference themes. A partial list of minisymposia and their organizers follows:

Voronoi Diagram and Medial Axis Computations
Hyeong In Choi
Seoul National University, South Korea
Applications of Multiresolution Methods
Igor Guskov
Princeton University and
Wim Sweldens
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
Mesh Modelling and Processing
Hugues Hoppe
Microsoft Corporation
Fair Shape Design
Josef Hoschek
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Visualization Methods
Christopher R. Johnson
University of Utah
Manufacturing Geometry
Bahram Ravani
University of California, Davis
CAD and Creativity
Carlo Sequin
University of California, Berkeley
Advances in Solid Modelling
Vadim Shapiro
University of Wisconsin, Madison

How to Contribute


The Organizing Committee invites proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes. A minisymposium consists of four related talks of 30 minutes each (25 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes for questions and answers). Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not exceeding 100 words) and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to [email protected]. To obtain a minisymposium proposal form, please complete and return the reply form, or e-mail your request to [email protected]. The form is also available on the World Wide Web at

Presentations in Standard Lecture, Poster, or Focus Session Format

Contributions in traditional lecture, poster, or focus session format are invited in all areas of geometric design consistent with the conference themes.

  • Standard Lecture Session
    Each contributor must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to [email protected]. A lecture consists of a 15-minute presentation, with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers.

  • Focus Session
    Those who wish to present a lecture in a focus session should submit a one-page extended abstract and a 75-word abstract. Both versions should be sent in LaTeX format to [email protected]. If accepted, the short abstract will appear in the final program; the extended abstract will go to the session moderator. Each focus session will consist of closely related presentations and will be conducted by a session moderator who has read the extended abstracts in advance and will present an introductory survey of the papers containing the necessary background material. Each contributor will have approximately 10 minutes to present the salient points of his/her paper. A discussion, led by the session moderator, will follow the presentations. Papers that do not fit into focus sessions will be scheduled for standard lecture or poster format.

  • Poster Session
    A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aids, such as 8.5" x 11" sheets for mounting on a 4' x 6' poster board and will be presented in an informal setting that allows presenters to discuss their research with individual attendees. A poster board will be available at the conference for each poster presenter. Each contributor must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to [email protected].

Abstract submissions in either of the above-mentioned formats must include a title, author(s) names and affiliations, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. For co-authored papers, the submitting author should identify the presenter. Contributors should indicate which format they prefer.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of presentations an individual speaker may present in contributed sessions or minisymposia.

Electronic Submission

Abstract submissions must be sent electronically to [email protected] using the LaTeX macros available at If you do not have access to the Web, e-mail your request to [email protected]. The LaTeX macro will be sent to you via e-mail.

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Created: 7/2/98 Updated: 4/6/99