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Mathematica conference, Rotterdam

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                     *******************************

                       1992 MATHEMATICA CONFERENCE

                         ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

                           2-4 SEPTEMBER 1992

                             **************


The 1992 Mathematica Conference is an opportunity to gain extensive
training in Mathematica, and to find out how people across science,
technology, engineering, and education are using Mathematica.

Featuring in-depth Mathematica training courses, mini-courses at
the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, invited speakers,
problem solving clinics, and a wide range of contributed papers,
the conference is intended for both beginners and experienced users.

LOCATION
--------
Beurs-World Trade Center Rotterdam
Beursplein 37, Postbus 30099 
3001 DB Rotterdam, Netherlands

OPENING RECEPTION
-----------------
19:00 Tuesday, 1 September

SESSIONS AND EXHIBITS
---------------------
9:00 Wednesday, 2 September 15:00 Friday, 4 September



EVENTS
------

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Tuesday, 1 September, 19:00
Rotterdam Hilton
Conference attendees will enjoy hors-d'oeuvres and light refreshments
as they meet and converse with other Mathematica users and Wolfram
Research staff members.  All conference attendees and their guests
are welcome.

COMPUTER LAB
There will be a laboratory of computers running Mathematica throughout
the conference.  Participants are invited to use the lab informally
as a place to share ideas and discuss applications or the results
of their work in impromptu meetings.  These computers will have
Notebooks installed from many of the courses and mini-courses so
that attendees can work with what they have learned during formal
sessions.

MATHEMATICA PROBLEM SOLVING CLINIC
Senior Wolfram Research staff members will provide assistance in
this informal workshop to answer your questions and provide pointers
for better problem solving and improved programming techniques.
Users: be sure to bring copies of your Notebooks and packages with
you to the conference.

MATHEMATICA PROGRAMMING COMPETITION
The programming competition problem and rules will be distributed
with the conference guide upon registration.  Attendees will be
able to work on the problem for the first two days of the conference.
Solutions will be judged for simplicity, clarity, and elegance,
with an additional prize for efficiency.



OPENING ADDRESS
---------------

Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research, Inc.
"The State of Mathematica"



INVITED SPEAKERS
----------------

-- Michael Berry,  Bristol University --
"Asymptotics, Superasymptotics, Hyperasymptotics, ... Ultra-asymptotics"

Divergent series are useful not only in the approximation of
functions occurring in practice, but also fundamentally, because
they reflect the singular limits encountered when less general
physical theories are considered as embedded in more general ones.
Mathematica has been a uniquely valuable all-purpose tool for
analytical, numerical, and graphical exploration of new techniques
taking asymptotics to unprecedented levels of accuracy.


-- Bruno Buchberger, RISC-Linz, Johannes Kepler University --
"Teaching Math Using Math Software: Some Examples for the Black
Box/White Box Principle" 

Many areas of high school and undergraduate mathematics, by now,
are "trivialized" in the sense that their problems can be solved
algorithmically by existing mathematical software like Mathematica.
Well, if an area of mathematics is trivialized, why should students
bother to study the area? Rather, shouldn't we just teach the
students how to solve the main problems in the area by applying,
in a reasonable way, the appropriate algorithms in, say, Mathematica?
There are two dogmatic answers to this question.  The puristic
answer: Ban math software systems from math education!  The pragmatic
answer: Don't spend time in class on any trivialized area of
mathematics!  As an alternative, in this paper, we develop the
"Black Box/White Box Principle" for math education using math
software and show its didactic usefulness in a couple of worked
out examples.


-- Rolf Mertig, Physikalisches Institut, Der Universitaet Wurzburg --
"FeynArts and FeynCalc: Generation and Calculation of Feynman Diagrams"

Two separate compatible packages for assistance in the calculation
of differential cross sections in high energy physics are presented:
1) For a desired process (at n-loop order) FeynArts generates the
possible Feynman diagrams, inserts the Feynman rules for a given
model, e.g., the Standard Model or QCD, and draws the graphs.  
2) FeynCalc performs algebraic calculation of a certain class of
Feynman diagrams.  A set of functions for simplifications of the
tensor and Dirac algebra as well as the calculation of one-loop
amplitudes is provided.  Special possibilities of generating
optimized Fortran code are included.


-- Guy Semon, Institut De Genie Energetique, Universite De France-Compte --
"Applications to Optics and Flow Visualization"

Mathematica allows us to pursue with some success our mathematical
analysis in various fields such as fluid mechanics or optics.  The
most important field of investigation for the engineering industry
at our institute is the visualization of flows by means of laser
beams.  Mathematica is, in this case, the best tool to quickly give
a good simulation of flow structure in aerodynamic or hydrodynamic
media.  The second Mathematica application is the study of exact
laser beam structure through optical systems.  With Mathematica
and electromagnetic theory, an exact pattern is available.  During
this talk these applications, and several others in development
for use in the engineering industry, will be discussed.


-- Dimitri Vvedensky, Imperial College --
"Teaching Mathematical Physics with Mathematica"

Many aspects of mathematical physics involve the manipulation of
complicated expressions, even though the underlying ideas are
relatively simple.  This often acts as an impediment to both the
teaching and learning of the interrelationships between mathematics
and physics.  This talk will focus on how Mathematica has been used
in teaching linear and nonlinear partial differential equations in
mathematical physics to final-year physics students at Imperial
College.  Examples will be given to show how Mathematica can help
to elucidate the ideas behind various methodologies through the
behavior of specific solutions and how the synthesis of symbolic,
numerical, and graphical facilities provides a constructive
environment for the student to explore aspects of differential
equations that would otherwise be prohibitively complicated.



TRAINING COURSES
----------------

-- Introduction to Mathematica --
Instructor:  Leendert Van Gastel, CAN Expertise Centre

This course is an introduction to Mathematica for those who have
no or little knowledge of Mathematica.  The goal of the course is
that participants will be able to find their way in Mathematica
afterwards.  Graphics give an excellent opportunity to get a feeling
for the way the Mathematica system works. Later on, attention will
be paid to symbolic computation: how to work with polynomials, how
to do linear algebra and calculus in Mathematica.  The last part
of the course is about the interaction with Mathematica.


-- Introduction to Mathematica --
Instructors:  William T. Shaw and Jason Tigg, Oxford System Solutions

This course is designed to take a complete beginner to a reasonable
level of proficiency with Mathematica.  This will be done by the
use of several examples which illustrate the various types of
capability, including examples of symbolic calculations, basic
programming and the use of elementary graphics.  Special emphasis
will be given to the syntax of Mathematica, with a view to helping
new users avoid common pitfalls which arise.


-- Introduction to Programming in Mathematica --
Instructor:  Allan Hayes, De Montfort University, Leicester

This course helps you to get started programming Mathematica.  The
course will show you how to write functions.  You will learn about
the different types of assignment statements as well as the patterns
you can use to specify arguments to functions.  This course also
covers importing, exporting, and formatting data and expressions.
After reviewing useful debugging techniques and ways to avoid common
traps and pitfalls, the instructor will briefly describe the
mechanisms used in Mathematica packages.


-- Introduction to Engineering Applications Using Mathematica --
Instructors: Edward Lumsdaine and Jennifer Voitle, University of Toledo

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the use of Mathematica
to solve engineering problems.  Applications are taken from acoustics,
biomechanics, chemical thermodynamics, circuits, fluid mechanics,
heat transfer, hydraulics, solid mechanics, vibrations, as well as
finite element analysis.  With graphical output, this workshop
provides the opportunity to learn and explore the influence on
varying parameters on the solution. Mathematica provides a unique
opportunity to accelerate and enhance the learning of engineering
principles.


-- Numerical Computation in Mathematica --
Instructors: Jerry B. Keiper and David Withoff, Wolfram Research, Inc.

This course is designed to help you make more effective use of the
numerical capabilities of Mathematica and to summarize the numerical
computation functions that are included with the program.  We will
describe the basic system of arithmetic with emphasis on different
types of inexact arithmetic and strategies for controlling propagation
of error.  We will also discuss capabilities, examples, and internal
algorithms for numerical computation functions and packages.


-- Mathematica Graphics:  Data Visualization with Mathematica --
Instructors:  William T. Shaw and Jason Tigg, Oxford System Solutions

This course will cover the essential points on data visualization
techniques.  This will include reading various data types in
Mathematica; structuring data into appropriate nested lists; choice
of appropriate visualization tools, including a brief survey of
the new Version 2.0 and 2.1 packages; and the use of simple data
analysis tools in conjunction with visualization techniques.


-- Advanced Programming in Mathematica --
Instructor:  Roman E. Maeder, Institute of Theoretical Computer
Science, ETH Zentrum 

In this course you will learn about the various programming styles
and advanced features that Mathematica supports, and how to choose
the ones best suited for your applications.  Topics covered will
include comparing different programming styles (functional programming,
rule-based programming, procedural programming), encapsulation of
programs and data, organizing large programming projects, scoping
rules of variables and constants, blocks and modules, and higher-level
operations (pure functions, fixed points, mapping, and nesting of
functions).


-- How to Interface Mathematica to External Programs --
Instructor:  Shawn Sheridan, Wolfram Research, Inc.

MathLink is a general high-level communication mechanism that
allows data and commands to be exchanged between Mathematica and
external programs.  It provides mechanisms for external programs
to call Mathematica and to be called by Mathematica.  It also
supports more complicated arrangements such as communication between
concurrent Mathematica processes.  In this course you will see how
to construct MathLink-compatible code.  You will also learn how to
handle several issues that commonly arise.  Many examples will be
presented and documentation will be provided to help you develop
MathLink applications.  Topics covered include a tutorial introduction
to MathLink, making existing source code MathLink-compatible,
interrupts and other advanced features, Fortran and other languages,
writing a front end (i.e., calling Mathematica as a subroutine),
design and style of cooperating MathLink programs, connecting
Mathematica to other commercial software, a survey of common
questions, and future directions



MINI-COURSES
------------

ELEMENTARY:                        
Introduction to Mathematica        
Introduction to Programming in Mathematica                  
Introduction to Mathematica Graphics                        

INTERMEDIATE:                      
Mathematica Arithmetic             
The "N" functions of Mathematica                     
Statistics                         
Mathematica Graphics               
Mathematica Programming
Tracing and Debugging Mathematica Programs

ADVANCED:
Connecting with External Programs
Solving Nonlinear Differential Equations with DSolve
Mathematica Internals
Symbolic Integration
Abstract Data Types

SPECIAL LECTURES:
Reading Data into Mathematica
Compiling Mathematica Procedures
Networking
Local Variables in Mathematica
Finite and Infinite Series



FORUMS
------

-- Mathematica in Education Panels --

These panels will provide an opportunity to discuss both the
advantages and problems associated with teaching with Mathematica.
During this time the panels will consider a number of relevant
questions that will lead to a more general discussion.  Panels will
be held covering the areas of mathematics, engineering, and science.

-- Mathematica Q&A --

These sessions give participants an opportunity to ask Stephen
Wolfram a wide range of technical questions.  The questions can
concern present features of Mathematica, as well as future directions
for the system.

-- Mathematica, Unix, and Systems Administration --

This forum gives an opportunity to ask questions regarding Unix
versions of Mathematica.  In this forum, we will begin by discussing
licensing issues and the X Windowing System.  Then there will be
a question and answer period.  

Other forums to be announced.



EXHIBITS
--------

o Books/Publications                o Training/Consulting
o Mathematica Services              o Hardware Systems
o Mathematica Resellers



CONTRIBUTED PAPERS
------------------

Many short talks and poster presentations will be given.  Users
from around the world will contribute papers in a wide variety of
fields including engineering, mathematics, chemistry, education,
physics, life sciences, finance, and more.  These presentations
are an excellent opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other
Mathematica users.

Users interested in contributing a paper to the conference should
contact conf-sum at wri.com immediately to receive complete submission 
information.  A 200-300 word summary and a completed submission form 
must be turned in by 15 July 1992 to qualify.



                    *****************************

                         GENERAL INFORMATION

                    *****************************


HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS:
------------------------

Please arrange reservations directly with the hotel of your choice.
The following hotels offer a discounted rate to conference attendees.
Be sure to mention the 1992 Mathematica Conference to receive the
discounted rate.  After August 15, discounted rates are subject to
availability.


*ROTTERDAM HILTON
Weena 10, 3012 CM Rotterdam
Telephone: +31-(0)10-414 40 44; Fax: +31-(0)10-411 88 84

Rate/night: Dfl. 260,00 (single or double) includes tax and service
charge, but not breakfast.  The Central Station and World Trade
Center are both within five minutes walking distance.  

*The Rotterdam Hilton is the official conference hotel. The opening
reception will be held here, along with any additional meetings
and receptions.


HOTEL ATLANTA
Aert van Nesstraat 4, 3012 CA Rotterdam
Telephone: +31-(0)10-410 04 20; Fax: +31-(0)10-413 53 20

Rate/night: Dfl. 200,00/single, Dfl. 240,00/double, Dfl. 20,00
buffet-breakfast.  The Central Station is within ten minutes walking
distance.  The World Trade Center is directly opposite the hotel.


HOTEL CENTRAL
Kruiskade 12, 3012 EH Rotterdam
Telephone: +31-(0)10-414 07 44; Fax: +31-(0)10-412 53 25

Rate/night: Dfl. 150,00/single, Dfl. 215,00/double, includes
breakfast and VAT.  The Central Station and World Trade Center are
both within five minutes walking distance.


PARKHOTEL ROTTERDAM
Westersingel 70, 3015 LB Rotterdam
Telephone: +31-(0)10-436 36 11; Fax: +31-(0)10-436 42 12

Rate/night: Dfl. 250,00/single, Dfl. 300,00/double, includes
breakfast, service, and VAT.  The Central Station and World Trade
Center are both within ten minutes walking distance.  There is a
subway station next to the hotel with a direct line to the World
Trade Center.  


ROTTERDAM RIJNHOTEL 
Schouwburgplein 1, 3012 CK Rotterdam 
Telephone: +31-(0)10-433 38 00; Fax: +31-(0)10-414 54 82

Rate/night: Dfl. 250,00/single, Dfl. 300,00/double, includes
breakfast buffet.  The Central Station is within three minutes
walking distance.  The World Trade Center is within five minutes
walking distance.


MATERIALS
---------

Name badges and conference guides will be available at the Conference
Registration Desk starting at 15:00 on Tuesday, 1 September.  The
conference guide will contain a detailed schedule of all events,
maps of the conference areas, and abstracts for all conference
sessions. Course and mini-course notes will be distributed to
attendees at each session.


EVENING SESSIONS
----------------
Some of the popular courses and mini-courses may be repeated on
Wednesday or Thursday evening.  Consult the schedule located in
your conference guide upon arrival.


ADVANCED REGISTRATION
---------------------
Attendees are encouraged to register in advance.  Please complete
the following registration form and return it to conf at wri.com.  
You may also print the form and send or fax it to the following:

(within Europe)                       
1992 Mathematica Conference           
Wolfram Research (UK) Ltd.            
Evenlode Court, Main Road             
Long Hanborough, Oxon OX8 2LA         
UNITED KINGDOM                        
Telephone: +44-(0)993-883400          
Fax: +44-(0)993-883800                
Email: conf at wri.com

(outside Europe)
1992 Mathematica Conference
P.O. Box 3848
Champaign, IL 61826-3848
USA
Telephone: +1-217-398-0700
Fax: +1-217-398-0747
Email: conf at wri.com

Attendees registering in advance should check in at the Conference
Registration Desk upon arrival to pick-up their name badge and
conference materials.


ON-SITE REGISTRATION
--------------------
Attendees can register on-site at the Conference Registration Desk.
Accepted currencies include: Dutch guilders (Dfl.), pounds sterling,
and U.S. dollars.  Eurocheques and MasterCard/Visa will also be
accepted.


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DESK
----------------------------
The Conference Registration Desk will be open from 15:00-19:00 on
Tuesday, 1 September, and will re-open at 8:00 Wednesday, 2 September.
This desk will be located in the lobby area of the Beurs-World
Trade Center Rotterdam.


CANCELLATION POLICY
-------------------
Full refund until 21 August; 50% refund until 1 September; no refund
after 1 September.  You may substitute attendees at any time prior
to the conference.


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                   *******************************

                     1992 MATHEMATICA CONFERENCE

                          REGISTRATION FORM

                    *****************************

-- Please complete the following.

Name:

Title/Department:

Organization:

Mailing address:

Country:

Area code/Telephone number:

Area code/Fax number:

Email address:

Please indicate which three-hour training courses you are interested
in attending.  This is to help us determine which courses will be
most popular and to help us schedule appropriately.

[ ]  Introduction to Mathematica (Leendert Van Gastel)
[ ]  Introduction to Mathematica (William T. Shaw and Jason Tigg)
[ ]  Introduction to Programming in Mathematica 
[ ]  Introduction to Engineering Applications Using Mathematica 
[ ]  Numerical Computation in Mathematica
[ ]  Mathematica Graphics:  Data Visualization with Mathematica 
[ ]  Advanced Programming in Mathematica 
[ ]  How to Interface Mathematica to External Programs 


CONFERENCE FEE  
--------------

Before 1 August 1992:               
  [ ]  Regular: $275 / 150 pounds sterling      
  [ ]  Educational: $175 / 100 pounds sterling         
  [ ]  Student*: $50 / 25 pounds sterling                

After 1 August 1992:
  [ ]  Regular: $325 / 175 pounds sterling
  [ ]  Educational: $225 / 125 pounds sterling
  [ ]  Student*: $75 / 40 pounds sterling

Enter your Conference fee: _________________

*Students, please attach copy of valid student ID.  Conference fee covers
all activities.  Advance registration fees are in U.S. dollars and
pounds sterling.


METHOD OF PAYMENT
-----------------

Payment must be made in one of four ways (please check one).  Make
checks payable to 1992 Mathematica Conference.

[ ]  Eurocheque: (check one)      
       [ ] in pounds sterling   
       [ ] in U.S. Dollars ($)

[ ]  Check drawn on U.S. bank (in U.S. dollars)

[ ]  MasterCard/Visa (U.S. dollars only)

       Card number:
       Expiration date:
       Cardholder name:

[ ]  Wire Transfer** (will be converted to U.S. dollars)

**The following is the bank address and information needed to make 
a wire transfer:

Busey Bank                         
West Main Street                   
Urbana, IL  61801, USA
Bank ABA Number: 071102568201 
Account Number: 0018-564-7

Please indicate expected date of transfer:  _________________

Amount of transfer:  $ ____________________

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Please send this completed form via electronic mail to conf at wri.com
You may also print the form, and mail or fax it to:

(within Europe)                       
1992 Mathematica Conference           
Wolfram Research (UK) Ltd.            
Evenlode Court, Main Road             
Long Hanborough, Oxon OX8 2LA         
UNITED KINGDOM                        
Telephone: +44-(0)993-883400          
Fax: +44-(0)993-883800                
Email: conf at wri.com

(outside Europe)
1992 Mathematica Conference
P.O. Box 3848
Champaign, IL 61826-3848
USA
Telephone: +1-217-398-0700
Fax: +1-217-398-0747
Email: conf at wri.com






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