Call for Papers

Fouth SIAM Conference on Linear Algebra  in Signals, Systems and Control, August 13-16, 2001, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra

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About the Conference

The theme of this conference is linear algebra, numerical linear algebra, and their applications in control, systems and signal processing.

The conference will be highly interdisciplinary in nature. It will focus on significant current research in linear and numerical linear algebra, control, systems and signal processing with emphasis on interactions among these fields. The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers from academia, government labs and industry working in the application areas together with researchers from linear algebra. It is hoped that an effective exchange of ideas and findings will take place and the conference will foster effective communications.

Who Should Attend

The conference will be of interest to control, communication and signal processing engineers and computer scientists, computational mathematicians, and mathematicians working in linear algebra, operator theory and function theory.

Conference Themes

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

Invited Presentations

Roger Brockett, Harvard University
Control and Signal Processing Issues in Quantum Spin Systems

Patrick Dewilde, Delft Institutue of Technology, Netherlands
Square Root Algorithms for Inverse Problems

Danny Hershkowitz, Israel Institute of Technology
Directions in the Study of Matrix Inertia and Stability

Anders Lindquist, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Recent Advances in Partial Realization Theory with Applications to Control and Signal Processing

Lennart Ljung, Linkoping University, Sweden
Issues in Systems Identification

Robert Plemmons, Wake Forest University
Topics in Optimal Image Reconstruction

Ali Sayed, University of California, Los Angeles
Energy Conservation in Adaptive Filtering

George Verghese, MIT
Linear Algebra and the Dynamics of Large Networked Systems

Invited Parallel Speakers (partial list)

Thanos Antoulas, Rice University
An Overview of Model Reduction Methods for Large-scale Systems

Peter Benner, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
Numerical Solution of Large-Scale Algebraic Riccati Equations

Stephen Campbell, North Carolina State University
Multimodel Fault Detection and Model Identification in Linear Systems

Uwe Helmke, Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
Dynamics and Control of Eigenvalue Algorithms

Karl Meerbergen, Free Field Technologies, Belgium
Model Reduction Techniques for Parametrized Linear Systems arising from Vibro-acoustics.

Daniel Pierce, Boeing Company
Talk Title TBA

Yitshak Ram, Louisiana State University
Inverse Eigenvalue Problems in Structural Dynamics and Vibration Control

Lothar Reichel, Kent State University
Talk Title TBA

Lieven Vandenberghe, University of California, Los Angeles
Interior-Point Methods in Signal Processing and Control

Joachim Rosenthal, University of Notre Dame
Coding Theory and Systems over Finite Fields


Banquet, Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Guest Speaker: Gilbert Strang, MIT

Short Course

A one-day tutorial, on a topic that complements the conference, will be held on Sunday, August 12, immediately preceding the conference.

Title: The State-of-the-Art Numerical Methods and Software for Control Systems Design
Organizer: Biswa N. Datta,Northern Illinois University

Organizing Committee

Biswa N. Datta, Chair
Northern Illinois University, USA

Paul M. Van Dooren, Co-Chair
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Daniela Calvetti
Case Western Reserve University, USA

Diederich Hinrichsen
Universität Bremen, Germany

Volker Mehrmann
Technical University of Chemnitz-Zwickau, Germany

Pradeep Misra
Wright State University, USA

Ali Sayed
University of California at Los Angeles, USA


A number of minisymposia on topics related to the conference themes are being arranged by the Conference Organizing Committee.

Please visit this web page again for an update on minisymposia titles and their organizers.

How to Contribute


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 exceeding 100 words), a list of 4 speakers (a minisymposium organizer may also be a speaker in the minisymposium, usually the first presenter to give an expository talk), and titles of their presentations. It is recommended that the minisymposium organizer make the first talk as much of a tutorial as possible. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format. The URL for electronic submissions is

Prospective minisymposium organizers should seriously consider the following recommendations when selecting speakers in a minisymposium.

  1. Speakers should be selected primarily for their current contributions to the topic area.
  2. Speakers should be as representative of researchers in the area as is practical.
  3. Minisymposium organizers should select the first speaker based on one who can provide an overview of the topic area, put the whole area in perspective, particularly with regard to applications, and suggest new venues for continued research and application. A minisymposium organizer may speak in the minisymposium he or she is organizing.
  4. Minisymposium organizers are encouraged to include women and members of underrepresented minorities as speakers whenever appropriate.
  5. SIAM discourages minisymposia in which most of the speakers come from the same organization or if all co-authors on the papers being presented in a minisymposium are from the same organization.

The Organizing Committee will referee contributed minisymposia. The number of minisymposia may be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the meeting sessions.

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: March 7, 2001

Deadline for submission of minisymposium speakers' abstracts: March 14, 2001

Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format

Contributions in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas consistent with the conference themes. Each contributor must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format. Accepted papers will be assigned by the organizing committee to either a lecture presentation or a poster. Contributors should indicate which format they prefer. A lecture consists of a 15-minute presentation, with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers. A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aids stating subject, method, present data and conclusions 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. The URL for electronic submissions is

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

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts in lecture or poster format: March 14, 2001

Conference Speakers

The Conference organizing committee expects every speaker of a scheduled presentation to register and attend the conference. (SIAM would ask that the speaker(s) pre-register so that all program materials are ready for the speaker(s) when they arrive and check in at the registration desk).

If it becomes necessary for a speaker to cancel his/her presentation, the speaker is expected to find an alternate presenter immediately, preferably one of the speaker's co-authors. The speaker must inform the SIAM Conference Department immediately of any change to his/her scheduled presentation.

A 'no-show' or cancelled presentation can cause serious inconvenience to the attendees and conference organizers.The committee thanks all speakers in advance for compliance with this request.

Electronic Submission

Every presenter of a minisymposium, contributed lecture or contributed poster presentation must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTex format. The 75-word abstracts will appear in the final program. The URL for electronic submissions is

Notice of Acceptance or Rejection

Authors will be notified by e-mail in early May.


The conference program, registration, hotel, and transportation information will be available at this location in late April 2001.

Dates to Remember

March 7, 2001 Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals.
March 14, 2001 Deadline for submission of minisymposium speakers 75-word abstracts.
Contributed Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format
March 14, 2001 Deadline for submission of 75-word abstracts.

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