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Notes from the Forward Looking Session at NW08


SIAM Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures (NW08)

July 21-24, 2008
Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
Rome, Italy

Organizing Committee

Claudio Conti, Universita di Roma, Italy
Mariana Haragus, Universite de Franche-Comte, France
Edgar Knobloch, University of California, Berkeley
J. Nathan Kutz (co-chair), University of Washington
Gabriel Lord (co-chair), Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Colin McKinstrie, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Andy Salinger, Sandia National Laboratories
Bjorn Sandstede, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Constance Schober, University of Central Florida
Stefano Trillo, Universita di Ferrara, Italy


Nonlinear waves and coherent structures is a broad area of applied mathematics. Its theoretical aspects are relevant to subjects as diverse as general relativity, high-energy particle physics, fluid and solid mechanics, plasmas, nonlinear electrical circuits, Bose-Einstein condensation, nonlinear optics, random media, atmosphere and ocean dynamics, chemical reactions, and biology. One of the most successful and topical applications is the propagation of information in optical fibers, but remarkable agreement between theory and experiments can be claimed in many of the fields mentioned above.

The goals of this meeting are to provide an opportunity for the cross-fertilization among the different fields of applications and to increase the understanding and communication between the mathematicians who build the theory and the scientists who use it. The conference is designed to facilitate presentations of advances in nonlinear waves and coherent structures, ranging from basic mathematical research to various applications. It is expected to draw attendees from the mathematical, biological, engineering and physical sciences, and thus provide a strong impetus to new and innovative work in the field.

The organizing committee will make every effort to attract a large pool of members from different backgrounds and at different stages in their careers.

Funding Agency

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


Atmospheric and ocean sciences
Bose-Einstein condensation
Material sciences
Optics and photonics
Water waves, tsunamis, rogue waves

Important Deadlines

December 21, 2007:  Minisymposium proposals
January 21, 2008:  Abstracts for contributed and minisymposium speakers

June 23, 2008


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