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IMS2005
7th International Mathematica Symposium
5-8 August 2005
The University Of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia

IMS 2005 Invited Speakers

Stephen Wolfram

The Future of Computation
Wolfram Research Inc
Stephen Wolfram
Abstract:
Bio: Stephen Wolfram was educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech, receiving his PhD in theoretical physics in 1979 at the age of 20. His early work in physics and computer science was recognized by a MacArthur award in 1981.

In the early 1980s he made a series of discoveries about systems known as cellular automata, leading to numerous applications in physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, and other fields. In 1986 he founded Wolfram Research, Inc. and began the creation of Mathematica — now the world's leading software system for technical computing and symbolic programming.

Over the past decade Wolfram has divided his time between leadership of his company and pursuit of basic science. Wolfram's book A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE was released on May 14, 2002, and became an instant bestseller.
 

Luc Barthelet

Research on Humanoid Robots
Electronic Arts
Luc Barthelet
Email: lucb@ea.com
Abstract:
Bio: Luc Barthelet became General Manager of Maxis when Electronic Arts acquired the successful publisher of SimCity in July 1997. He has an engineering degree in Mechanics and Electricity from E.S.T.P in Paris, where he studied while developing his first commercial software. Luc's software startup was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1988, and he has worked for EA ever since, first leading the development of Paint products, then the internal development of games as CTO and then managing the Entertainment Studio in San Mateo. You can find Luc almost everyday in the chat rooms in the SimCity communities.
 

Dan Dubin

A Better Way to Teach Mathematical and Computational Physics
Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego
Dan Dubin
Email: ddubin@ucsd.edu
Bio: After graduating from the the plasma physics program at Princeton University, Dr. Dubin joined the physics department at UCSD as a postdoctoral researcher. His research in theoretical and computational plasma physics has led to investigations in several related areas, including fluid dynamics, atomic physics, and structural condensed matter physics. Dr. Dubin is now a professor at UCSD. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the recipient of the APS year 2000 Excellence in Plasma Physics Award.
 

Sarah Flannery

Collaborating using Mathematica
Wolfram Research Inc
Sarah Flannery
Email: sarahf@wolfram.com
Abstract: The soon to be released Collaboration Tool will allow Mathematica users all over the world to communicate and collaborate within this powerful program. Real-time sharing of graphics, typset mathematical equations, text, code snippets, entire Notebooks—any Mathematica expression—is achieved with the click of a button.

This talk will introduce the tool and suggest a broad range of usage scenarios, covering casual users, researchers, teachers, and presenters.
Bio: In June 2003 Sarah gained a BA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK. In 1999 she was a winner of both the Irish and, later, European Young Scientist of the Year for work on Cryptography. The following year the popular-science bestseller In Code: A Mathematical Journey, written with her father David, was published at the request of Profile Books Ltd., London. At present she is working for Wolfram Research.
 

Todd Gayley

The Future of Mathematica-Java Integration
Wolfram Research Inc
Todd Gayley
Email: tgayley@wolfram.com
Bio: After earning a PhD in evolutionary biology and being captivated by an amazing new piece of software called Mathematica, Todd came to work for Wolfram Research. Along the way, he has worked in almost every group in the company, including Technical Support, Applications, Front End, and Kernel. For the last five years he has been Director of Java Technology, creating products like J/Link and .NET/Link and helping to advance Mathematica's integration with external programs, tools, and technologies.
 

Bart M. ter Haar Romeny

Medical Image Analysis
Biomedical Imaging, Eindhoven University of Technology
Bart M. ter Haar Romeny
Email: b.m.terhaarromeny@tue.nl
Abstract: b.m.terhaarromeny@tue.nl
 

Eric Weisstein

Making MathWorld
Wolfram Research Inc
Eric Weisstein
Email: eww@wolfram.com
Abstract: MathWorld is the internet's most popular mathematical resource. Its extensive and detailed entries usually find their way into the top 3 (if not top 1) results returned by a Google search for any given mathematical term. Mathematica has long been instrumental in the authoring of this website, which is hosted as a public service by Wolfram Research. As a result of new work, the website contents is now authored entirely in notebooks which are directly converted to web pages by Mathematica itself. In this talk, the processes that bring MathWorld from keyboard to the web will be discussed, focusing especially on the Mathematica-based tools that make this process possible.
Bio: Eric W. Weisstein graduated from Cornell University (BA 1990) with a degree in physics and from the California Institute of Technology (MS 1993; PhD 1996) with degrees in planetary astronomy.

Eric has been compiling scientific encyclopedias for more than 15 years. His mathematics encyclopedia — MathWorld — is part of a larger project to collect and make available detailed mathematical and scientific information in a way most accessible to lay people.
 

Tom Wickham-Jones

Mathematica Development Tools
Wolfram Research Inc
Tom Wickham-Jones
Email: twj@wolfram.com
Abstract: How to Boost the Productivity of the Mathematica Programmer
Bio: Tom Wickham-Jones has worked for Wolfram Research on the implementation of Mathematica since 1990, he is currently the Director of Kernel Technology. He has worked on many details of the Mathematica programming language as well as other areas such as graphics. In addition he is the architect of webMathematica. In 1992 he published the book Mathematica Graphics: Techniques and Applications.