Conference

SIAM Gators is the student chapter of SIAM “Society of industrial and applied mathematics” at the University of Florida. Following the great success of the first and second SIAM Gators student conferences held in the Mathematics Department of the University of Florida in 2004 and 2009, the SIAM Gators officers wish to host a third SIAM Gators student conference on March 27–29, 2014. The conference will focus on the following three areas in applied mathematics:

  • Mathematical Biology and Modelling
  • Mathematical Algorithms in Imaging
  • Numerical Optimization and Applications

The online complete program is now available, and can be downloaded.

Travel Support

The proposal to support the participants’ travel expenses has been recommended for NSF funding.

Conference publication

A selection of papers will be recommended for publication in the journal “Computational Optimization and Applications.”

Conference Location

Conference will be held at the Department of Mathematics at University of Florida. The Mathematics Department is located at Little Hall (Mathematics) near the intersection of SW 13th Street and SW 2nd Avenue. Please see the UF Campus Map (Insert Little Hall in the search box). The main office and reception desk are on the third floor near the center of the building. All the talks will take place in Little Hall at room 339.

The Mathematics Department telephone number is 353-392-0281 (Fax: 352-392-8357).

Funding Agency

SIAM Gators and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the U.S. National Science Foundation, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, UF Office of Research, and UF Department of Mathematics, for their support of this conference.

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History of the First and Second SIAM Gators Conferences

The University of Florida (UF) SIAM student chapter was formed in October 2002. It was one of the first SIAM chapters and it was named the SIAM Gators. The first UF SIAM Gators Conference, held in March 3-4, 2004, was SIAM’s first student organized conference. A SIAM News article documenting the conference can be found at here.

The conference was unique in that it was run entirely by students in the SIAM chapter with faculty acting as advisors. The goal of the conference was to bring together students in different areas of applied mathematics to communicate ideas and network with one another. The main topics of the conference were optimization, image processing, and computational methods.

The First SIAM Gators Conference featured 17 student participants from across the US including students from Princeton University, University of Washington, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, TexasA&M University, Florida State University, University of South Carolina, and Pennsylvania State University; there was one student from India. In addition, there were eight students from the University of Florida. There were also two faculty speakers, Professor Terry Rockafellar from the University of Washington and Professor Biswa Nath Datta from the University of Northern Illinois.

The Second SIAM Gators Conference, March 3–5, 2009, featured 25 student participants including students from the University of Miami, Michigan Technological University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alabama, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Emory University. There were also three faculty speakers, Professor Carlos Castillo-Chavez from Arizona State University, Professor Stephen Wright from University of Wisconsin, and Professor Pengcheng Shi from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
National Science Foundation support of the previous SIAM Gators Conference is gratefully acknowledged.