SIAM Conference on Life Sciences (LS02)

Venue: Boston Park Plaza

Location: Boston, Massachusetts,

Event Date/Time: Mar 06, 2002
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The life sciences have become increasingly quantitative as new technologies facilitate collection
and analysis of vast amounts of data ranging from complete genomic sequences of organisms to
satellite imagery of forest landscapes on continental scales. As a consequence, mathematics and
computational science have become crucial technologies for the study of complex models of
biological processes.

The new SIAM Activity Group on the Life Sciences brings together researchers who seek to
develop and apply mathematical and computational methods in all areas of the life sciences. This
inaugural conference of the activity group will provide a cross-disciplinary forum for catalyzing
mathematical research relevant to the life sciences. It will facilitate rapid diffusion of new
mathematical and computational methods in the life sciences, and may stimulate more
researchers to work in these important areas. Mathematicians, life scientists, computational
biologists, bioengineers and others interested in mathematical and computational analysis of
biological systems are encouraged to attend.

This conference represents the first official function organized by this new SIAG. SIAG/LS and the
newly formed SIAG on Imaging Science (SIAG/IS) were both created in recognition of the fact
that the mathematics community should participate more directly in these non-traditional areas.
Since these two activity groups have such a strong overlap in the area of biomedical imaging, this
conference has been scheduled to overlap with the Conference on Imaging Science, chaired by
David C. Wilson, set for March 4-6, 2002.