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Conference Purpose:

The conference is intended to bring together people working with surfaces in mathematics, computational science, and selected applications. The theme centers on the various notions and uses of the term "conformal": what is the mathematical base? how can conformal surfaces be discretized, computed, and manipulated? what special value, if any, can their conformality provide in applications? There is some important and beautiful mathematics which is just now becoming accessible through new approaches to computation and visualization. At the same time there is an explosion in surface-type data from various applications which must be analyzed, manipulated, and presented. Both mathematics and applications benefit from interactions, and here computation is the meeting ground. Bringing some of the key players together is intended to help us all.


Dates: Sunday, May 18, 2003 thru Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Place: Highland Manor, Townsend, TN
- In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
- Only 20 minutes away from the Knoxville Airport (McGhee-Tyson=TYS)
Principal Speakers: Mario Bonk, University of Michigan
Phil Bowers, Florida State University (web page)
Herbert Edelsbrunner, Duke University (web page)
Michael Miller, Johns-Hopkins University (web page)
Konrad Polthier, Technical University (Berlin) (web page)
Peter Schroeder, Cal Tech (web page)
Participant List: List w/Web Pages
  Registration Form
Schedule: (Tentative)
Abstracts: Abstracts (in no particular order)
Organizers: Focused Research Group from Tennessee, Florida State and Minnesota:
Ken Stephenson (UT), Chuck Collins (UT), Phil Bowers (FSU), De Witt Sumners (FSU), Monica Hurdal (FSU), David Rottenberg (UM)
Local Contacts: Ken Stephenson kens@math.utk.edu       (865) 974-4330
Chuck Collins ccollins@math.utk.edu      (865) 974-4269
Supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Tennessee, Department of Mathematics