Biennial Computational Techniques and Applications Conference
7-9 July 2003
and Exhibition Centre
A conference on
aspects of computational mathematics; scientific, technical, and
industrial applications; and high performance computing.
The proceedings for ctac2003 have now been published and are available
Simply select the "Archive" option to download a zip file of the
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Contact With CTAC During ICIAM
Embedding CTAC within ICIAM has required several changes to the way in
which CTAC meetings are traditionally conducted. Because of the
size of the total meeting issues in communication may arise.
Consequently, on Sunday registration at the Darling Harbour Convention
Centre, there will be a CTAC representative to assist CTAC delegates by
providing assistance and information. On the other days, CTAC
have a desk in the ICIAM tea/coffee centre at the UTS campus where
questions may be addressed. There will be no formal CTAC presence
at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre on those days. The desk
will close on Wednesday after the last CTAC session.
Abstracts and Timetable
It is now possible to view the contributed abstracts for
CTAC2003 on the ICIAM site.
The timetable may be downloaded here.
After discussions with the ICIAM
organisers we have elected for a slightly different format of
presentations. Each CTAC session will consist of 4 presentations
each of 30 minutes grouped in related streams where possible.
talks will be clearly identified in the printed program.
CTAC presenters are given 30
minute time slots. Speakers are limited to 20 minutes
presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions. At this stage
the formal presentation is concluded, however, in the remaining 5
minutes allocated to movement between rooms further public discussions
with the speaker is encouraged, despite the movement of delegates.
Session chairs will be asked to
rigidly enforce the 20 minute limit for presentations. To ensure that
the 5 minutes allocated to questions are employed gainfully before
formally thanking the speaker and then allowing additional discussion
through the movement period.
Some speakers have been known to
exceed their allocated times simply to avoid questions and
discussion. Discussion and questioning are a vital part of a
mathematical conference and the opportunity to partake in interaction
should be encouraged. Delegates are encouraged to ask questions
speakers as they provide a vital form of feedback to the presenter,
particularly to those students presenting for the first time.
Following CTAC tradition it is
anticipated that most presenters will use overhead projectors.
There are data projection facilities available in each
If presenters wish to use the data projection facilities they need to
supply and operate their own portable PCs with the presentation in
Point or Adobe pdf form. There is only limited technical support
available for data projection facilities. Please note there are
video facilities, such presentations need to be on a PC.
CTAC is organised by the special interest group in computational
techniques and applications of ANZIAM
(Australia and New Zealand Applied Mathematics), the Applied
Division of the Australian
Mathematical Society. These biennial meetings are organised to
provide a forum for researchers working in the areas of computational
mathematics and sciences and as an interface to the wider community in
scientific and technical computing.
The CTAC meetings have been taking place
since about 1980, and CTAC2003 is the eleventh meeting in the series.
Techniques and Applications Conference (CTAC) is held every two years
Australia. The Conference is organised by the Computational
Mathematics Group of ANZIAM (Australian and New Zealand Applied
Mathematics Division of the Australian Mathematical Society).
The meeting brings together an
interdisciplinary group of local and international people who are
interested in techniques of computation and/or the application of these
techniques to problems in various disciplines. These meetings
taken place since 1980, with this coming meeting being the
eleventh. For this year CTAC 2003 will function as an embedded
meeting within ICIAM 2003.
To register for CTAC 2003 you must
first register for ICIAM 2003. Should you traditionally attend CTAC or
propose to attend regularly in the future you need to indicate this by
marking the appropriate indicator on the ICIAM 2003 registration
form. Registrants for CTAC 2003 are fully registered for ICIAM
2003. There is no partial registration for the CTAC sessions only.
For 2003 the CTAC conference is an embedded meeting
within the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics
The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC)
The CTAC conference programme will be published in hard and electronic
form as part of the ICIAM 2003 program.
CTAC is usually a very close knit and interactive conference, on this
occasion it is contained within a much larger meeting. The
CTAC organisers will attempt to preserve the traditional sense of
identity as best as possible. All CTAC talks are being conducted
at the University of Technology Sydney precinct. This is a short
walk from the Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. It was not
possible to host all ICIAM presentations at the Centre and the local
CTAC organisers decided that the CTAC spirit would be better preserved
by being in the group that used the more familiar University
facilities. The climate in July is mild and normally dry.
Accommodation is available in many hotels in the
vicinity of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Low priced
accommodation is available at several Sydney University Colleges. These
are located about 3km from the conference site. Accommodation for these
colleges may be booked when registering for ICIAM, through the
registration system. Further details on accommodation are available on www.iciam.org
Tuesday 8th July 6.30pm for
The CTAC social function will be held
as a barbeque at Wesley College, within Sydney University. The
cost of the function is included in the registration fee for all
registered CTAC delegates.
Traditionally all CTAC delegates have
attended the social function. We will
assume this tradition is being followed. However,
if you know that you will not be
attending the CTAC barbeque please e-mail email@example.com indicating that you
will not be attending, as this will assist with the catering!
Should you wish to bring additional
persons this can be arranged through the purchase of additional tickets. These may be collected and purchased on Sunday Night July 6 and before midday on
Monday July 7 at the registration desks. There
are registration desks at both the Convention Centre and the UTS
(University of Technology Sydney), the location where the CTAC sessions
are held. The registration desk at UTS
only accept cash for the tickets.
If you plan to bring additional persons
please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
indicating the number of additional tickets you will require so they
be set aside for you. The cost of
additional tickets is $40 (Australian).
The venue of
Wesley College is at the University of Sydney (11L on
this Sydney University map). The
College is approximately 5km from the Conference Centre. Those
delegates using campus accommodation are already located at Sydney
University. An online map of Sydney is available
here. (Enter Sydney University in the suburb or town section and
in the state section.
The CTAC business meeting will be conducted during the
lunch break on Tuesday in room UC131 at the University of Technology
Sydney (UTS). The meeting will commence at 1.10 pm, allowing time
for delegates to move between the two ICIAM sites.
This is the biennial meeting and the business to be conducted includes
the acceptance and discussion of reports, the election of new
office holders, the appointment of a Director for CTAC 2004 and other
All are encouraged to attend and contribute to discussions as future
directions for CTAC are set at these business meetings.
CTAC as a meeting embedded in ICIAM 2003
CTAC 2003 is held from July 7-9, as part of the longer
running ICIAM 2003 which runs from July 7-11. There will be several
other Australian special interest meetings embedded in ICIAM 2003.
Further details are available at www.iciam.org.
Of special interest to many traditional CTAC attendees is the
Mathematics in Engineering Conference.
CTAC contributed papers will be scheduled for
presentation concurrently with the ICIAM mini-sympoisa. There will be
specifically invited CTAC talks at this meeting as the ICIAM organisers
have arranged a rather spectacular list of invited speakers, many of
whom will be of considerable interest to CTAC attendees.
Publication of papers
Papers submitted for CTAC will be reviewed for
subsequent publication in a special issue of the Journal of the
Australian Mathematical Society B Series (Electronic).
Authors are invited to submit a electronic written copy
of their full papers by Friday August 8 to email@example.com Because
the next CTAC meeting is in 2004 instead of 2005, there is a
great time line pressure on the editors to have the proceedings
completed in a timely manner. The organisers apologise for the
additional pressures this places on both the authors and the
Papers will not be accepted until after CTAC 2003 has
concluded in order to enable authors to consider questions and
discussions arising at their presentations.
Papers are strictly limited to 10 pages and must be
prepared according the specifications available at
Please note the general instructions on that page, the
link to a LaTeX template you should employ and a 63 point list of do's
Because the conference proceedings are in a special
edition the 8 page limitation must be followed. Authors must
ensure that their LaTeX originals can be processed under a standard
LeTeX system. papers that don't conform to the LaTeX requirements
defined on the indicated address may not be published.
CTAC meetings are normally biennial, however, following
agreement the next CTAC will be held in 2004. This places
considerable pressure on the Editors to process papers in a timely and
efficient manner. Extensions in time to authors cannot and will
not be provided if the CTAC proceedings are to appear before CTAC 2004.
For review purposes papers must be translated by a LaTeX
system and the output in pdf format submitted. Following the
review process the final version of the paper for publication will be
required in LaTeX form.