East Coast Computer Algebra Day 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881

East Coast Computer Algebra Day (ECCAD) is an informal one-day meeting for those active or interested in computer algebra. It provides opportunities to learn and to share new results and work in progress. The schedule includes invited speakers, a panel discussion, and contributed posters and software demonstrations. Importantly, plenty of time is allowed for unstructured interaction among the participants. Researchers, teachers, students, and users of computer algebra are all welcome!


David H. Bailey (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
“High-Precision Arithmetic and Experimental Mathematics”

Douglas J. Dunham (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
“How to Create Repeating Hyperbolic Patterns”

Eric Schost (University of Western Ontario)
“The Search for a Secure Curve of Genus 2”

Stan Wagon (Macalester College)
“Some Surprises in Symbolic Computation”

Panel Session: Future Directions in Computer Algebra
Abstracts of the talks are posted on the conference website.


(Dates: Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1)

ECCAD 2009 is paired with an NSF-sponsored Workshop on Future Directions in Symbolic Computation and Its Applications to the Domain Sciences. The workshop will be held at URI on the afternoon of Thursday, April 30 and all day Friday, May 1. This conference is intended for researchers in symbolic computation and program directors at funding agencies, and is open to the public free of charge. The meeting is organized by Erich Kaltofen at North Carolina State University and Lenore Mullin of the National Science Foundation. For a preliminary schedule, see http://www4.ncsu.edu/~kaltofen/NSF_WS_ECCAD09_Itinerary.html

The panel session at ECCAD 2009 will consist of a report on the workshop from several participants and an open discussion of Future Directions in Computer Algebra.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION (Deadline: Friday, April 24)

Registration for ECCAD 2009 is free and can be done at the conference website. To facilitate conference planning (including lunch, refreshments, programs and badges), advance registration is strongly encouraged. Registration can be done at the conference website.

POSTERS AND SOFTWARE DEMONSTRATIONS (New Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, April 22)

Proposals are invited for poster presentations and software demonstrations on any topic related computer algebra: algorithms, software systems, and applications (including teaching). Titles and abstracts (maximum 100 words) can be submitted on the conference website. Abstracts received before the deadline will be included in the conference program and appear in a future issue of “ACM Communications in Computer Algebra”.

TRAVEL SUPPORT (Application Deadline: Friday, April 24)

The NSF grant supporting ECCAD 2009 provides limited funds for full-time students, postdocs, and new faculty who do not have grant or institutional support to attend. Travel assistance is available only to out-of-town US-based attendees. Preference will be given to those presenting a poster or software demonstration, and to those whose documented travel expenses are greatest.

A form to apply is on the conference website. Applicants will also be required to complete a travel expense voucher to be distributed at the meeting or shortly thereafter. Please retain copies of all receipts including tickets, hotels, meals, tolls, and keep records of any mileage. Final determination of travel awards will be made after the meeting.


A special group rate of $89 per night ($100.57 with sales and occupancy tax) is available at the Holiday Inn, four miles from campus. Call the front desk (Tel. 401-789-1051) and identify yourself as attending “URI East Coast Computer Algebra Day”. Early reservations are strongly suggested as accommodations near URI are limited.

The Hampton Inn, Wakefield RI (Tel. 401-788-3500) is another possibility. Those with early morning flights may wish to stay at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel (Tel. 401-738-4000), which has a free airport shuttle.


Financial support for ECCAD 2009 is provided by the National Science Foundation. The meeting is endorsed (without financial assistance) by the ACM Special Interest Group on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (SIGSAM), the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).


Ed Lamagna
Department of Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881