February 1996 € Volume 23 € No. 1



April 21-27: Mathematics Awareness Week (MAW) -- a week-long celebration that provides an opportunity to convey the theme of "Mathematics and Decision Making." Materials for this year's MAW will focus on forecasting, prediction, uncertainty, probability and analysis.

April 25-26: Fortran Futures '96, a two-day International Conference in London to explore Fortran's current and future directions. Comprehensive coverage of Fortran90, Fortran95, High Performance Fortran (HPF) and Fortran 2000, as well as user applications in European research and development, will be showcased. Conference delegates and attendees will consist of software developers, managers and maintainers of Fortran codes, together with all those involved in using Fortran in teaching and research environments across Europe. Contact Robert M. J. Iles, Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd., Wilkinson House, Jordan Hill, Oxford, U.K. OX2 8DR; Phone: +44 (0)1865 311205; Fax: +44 (0)1865 511245; E-mail: R.M.J.Iles@nag.co.uk; World Wide Web: http://www.nag.co.uk.

May 19: SIAM Short Courses on Differential-Algebraic Equations and Their Connections to Optimization; Optimization Software. Contact: SIAM, 3600 University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688; Phone: (215) 382-9800; Fax: (215) 386-7999; E-Mail: meetings@siam.org; Gopher Server: gopher.siam.org; World Wide Web: http://www.siam.org.

May 20-22: Fifth SIAM Conference on Optimization, sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Optimization at the Victoria Conference Center, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: SIAM, 3600 University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688; Phone: (215) 382-9800; Fax: (215) 386-7999; E-Mail: meetings@siam.org; Gopher Server: gopher.siam.org; World Wide Web: http://www.siam.org.

June 23-26: The 16th Annual International Symposium on Forecasting, sponsored by the International Institute of Forecasters at the Swissôtel in Istanbul, Turkey. Contact Muhittin Oral, general chair, Faculty of Business Administration, Bilkent University, 06533 Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey; Phone: +90-312-266-4775; Fax: +90-312-266-4958; E-mail: oralm@bilkent.edu.tr.

June 25-28: Pacific DMS '96: 3rd Pacific Workshop on Distributed Multimedia Systems, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Co-sponsors: HKUST, Knowledge Systems Institute. Contact: David H.C. Du, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, U.S.A.; Phone: (612) 625-2560; Fax: (612) 625-0572; E-mail: du@cs.umn.edu or Olivia R. Liu Sheng, Dept. of Info. and Systems Mgt., School of Business and Management, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Phone: +1-852 2358-7645, Fax: +852 2358-2421; E-mail: olivia@usthk.ust.hk.

June 25-29: 9th Conference of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby. Contact: ECMI '96, Mathematical Institute, Bldg. 303, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark.

July 8-12: IFORS (International Federation of Operational Research Societies) 96, 14th Triennial Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the Canadian Operational Research Society. Contact: Conference Secretariat, Venue West Conference Services Ltd., 645-375 Water St., Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6B 5C6; Phone: (604) 681-5226; Fax: (604) 681-2503.

POMS Teaching Conference

The Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) is planning a four-day national conference in Indianapolis, Ind., March 30-April 2, 1996. The theme of the conference is "Teaching POM: Visions, Topics, and Pedagogies". The conference is sponsored by the Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University.

Two days of plenary and semi-plenary sessions (Monday and Tuesday), one day of invited and contributed sessions (Sunday), and one day of teaching workshops (Saturday) will be dedicated to this important topic. "Our goal is to have the best-known or most innovative programs, courses and teachers involved in both the plenary and invited-paper sessions," says Professor Leroy B. Schwarz, Purdue University, who, along with Professor Kalyan Singhal, University of Baltimore, is co-chairing the plenary sessions.

The plenary and semi-plenary sessions will be focused on a wide variety of topics. For example, there is a session called Visions, where speakers will describe their vision of what an education in operations management should be. Sessions are also planned on paradigms (i.e., alternatives to the traditional engineering-economics paradigm), experiential learning, new topics, teaching the POM core course, international operations, executive education, cross-functional linkages in teaching POM, the new role of mathematical modeling in teaching POM, and incorporating the real world into teaching POM.

INFORMS Section on Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) is sponsoring a cluster of contributed papers and the plenary session on Mathematical Modeling, chaired by Stephen C. Graves, MIT.

The conference will also feature two teaching workshops: "Developing Cases in POM" by David Upton, Harvard Business School; and "Teaching International Operations" by Therese Flaherty, Wharton School.

For additional information, contact: Professor Kalyan Singhal, General Chair - POM Conference, Department of Management, University of Baltimore, 1420 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone: (410) 837-4976; Fax: (410) 837-5675.

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