Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on the Life Sciences
Held jointly for the first time with the
First SIAM Conference on Imaging Science
September 22-24, 2001
The life sciences have become increasingly quantitative as new technologies facilitate collection and analysis of vast amounts of data ranging from complete genomic sequences of organisms to satellite imagery of forest landscapes on continental scales. As a consequence, mathematics and computational science have become crucial technologies for the study of complex models of biological processes.
The new SIAM Activity Group on the Life Sciences brings together researchers who seek to develop and apply mathematical and computational methods in all areas of the life sciences. This inaugural conference of the activity group will provide a cross-disciplinary forum for catalyzing mathematical research relevant to the life sciences. It will facilitate rapid diffusion of new mathematical and computational methods in the life sciences, and may stimulate more researchers to work in these important areas. Mathematicians, life scientists, computational biologists, bioengineers and others interested in mathematical and computational analysis of biological systems are encouraged to attend.
This conference represents the first official function organized by this new SIAG. SIAG/LS and the newly formed SIAG on Imaging Science (SIAG/IS) were both created in recognition of the fact that the mathematics community should participate more directly in these non-traditional areas. Since these two activity groups have such a strong overlap in the area of biomedical imaging, this conference has been scheduled to overlap with the Conference on Imaging Science, chaired by David C. Wilson, set for September 22-24, 2001.
James Collins (Chair), Boston University, USA
Carson Chow, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Bijoy Ghosh, Washington University, USA
Kevin Hall, Entelos, Inc., USA
Wing Hung Wong, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Clem Karl, Boston University, USA
Denise Kirschner, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Mark Lewis, University of Utah, USA
Martin Nowak, Institute for Advanced Study, USA
Sharon Nunes, IBM Computational Biology Center, USA
Tamar Schlick, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, USA
Rai Winslow, Johns Hopkins University, USA
SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for their support of this conference.
The themes of the 2001 conference will include, but are not limited to:
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. These invited speakers and their presentations will play an important role in increasing interaction among mathematicians, engineers, physicists, and researchers and scientists in academia, industry, and government who attend the meeting.
The deadline for submission has passed.
A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four presentations on a well-focused topic. A number of minisymposia have been solicited by the conference Organizing Committee to supplement the conference themes. The Organizing Committee also encourages proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes.
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:
Minisymposium organizers should consider the following recommendations when designing their sessions.
The Organizing Committee will review contributed minisymposia and reserve the right to limit the number of minisymposia to maintain an acceptable level of parallelism in the meeting sessions.
Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals is: March 2, 2001
Contributed Presentations in Lecture Format
Contributed presentations in lecture format are invited in all areas of the life sciences consistent with the conference themes. A lecture format involves a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional five minutes for discussion.
Contributed Presentations in Poster Format
A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aides on a 4' x 6' poster board presented in a two-hour informal session that allows presenters to discuss their research with attendees.
Posters should state the subjects, methods, present data, and conclusions.
A poster board will be provided at the conference for each poster presenter.
To know more about a poster presentation, please visit:
The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of contributed presentations a single speaker may present.
Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts for a lecture or poster: April 6, 2001.
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.
Every presenter of a contributed or poster presentation must submit a 75-word abstract, which must be sent electronically using the Conference Management System available at: http://www.siam.org/meetings/ls01/part.htm. The 75-word abstract will appear in the final program.
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The purpose of the SIAG/Life Sciences is to foster
The life sciences have become quantitative as new technologies facilitate collection and analysis of vast amounts of data ranging from complete genomic sequences of organisms to satellite imagery of forest landscapes on continental scales. Computers enable the study of complex models of biological processes. The SIAG brings together researchers who seek to develop and apply mathematical and computational methods in all areas of the life sciences. It provides a forum that cuts across disciplines to catalyze mathematical research relevant to the life sciences and rapid diffusion of advances in mathematical and computational methods.