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SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (MS04)
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles at Macy's Plaza
Los Angeles, California

Conference Themes

The conference gathers an interdisciplinary group working on the development and application of sound mathematical and computational methods in the scientific study and practical exploitation of materials. The conference provides a forum to highlight the progress in:

Atomistic Methods
Continuum Methods
Free-boundary Methods
Multiscale Methods
Stochastic Methods

and their applications in the understanding of:

Phase transformations and microstructure evolution
Granular materials
Ferromagnetic, ferroelectric and martensitic materials
Biological materials
Soft materials
Optical materials
Thin films and self-assembled structures

Materials science is an interdisciplinary subject. The conference welcomes scientists and mathematicians from a broad range of backgrounds, including for example, mechanics, physics, engineering, mathematical analysis, computational science and biology.

Organizing Committee

Kaushik Bhattacharya (co-Chair)
California Institute of Technology

Weinan E (co-Chair)
Princeton University

Martin Bazant
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Russel Caflisch
University of California, Los Angeles

Michael W. Finnis
Queens University, Belfast

Irene Fonseca
Carnegie Mellon University

L. B. Freund
Brown University

Richard D. James
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Robert V. Kohn
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New york University

Stefan Müller
Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Peter Palffy-Muhoray
Kent State University

Rob Phillips
California Institute of Technology

Demetri Psaltis
California Institute of Technology

Pierre Suquet
CNRS Laboratory of Mechanics and Acoustics, Marseille, France

Peter W. Voorhees
Northwestern University

Funding Agency

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the Office of Naval Research for its support of this conference.

Invited Plenary Speakers

John M. Ball
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

John W. Cahn
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Roberto Car
Princeton University

James T. Jenkins
Cornell University

John D. Joannopoulos
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brian Spencer
University at Buffalo, NY

Ping Sheng
The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong

Mark Warner
Cavendish Laboratory, United Kingdom

Eric Vanden-Eijnden
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Arthur F. Voter
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Eli Yablonovitch
University of California, Los Angeles

Deadline Dates

Minisymposium proposals:
October 27, 2003

Minisymposium abstracts and contributed abstracts:
November 24, 2003

Contributed papers in lecture or poster format:
November 24, 2003

Audio-Visual Requirements:
May 3, 2004


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:

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals: October 27, 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. This conference places special emphasis on posters, and contributions as posters are strongly encouraged. 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. Posters will be displayed for extend periods prior to poster session enabling useful discussion during the sessions. 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:

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts: November 24, 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 December 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 concurrent/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


Preliminary fees (subject to change):

Conference Pre-registration rates
SIAM Member $295
Non-Member $395
Student $85

On-Site (after pre-registration closes)
SIAM Member $395
Non-Member $495
Student $85

Further Registration information will be posted here as information becomes available in late January 2004.

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