WMU News

WMU will play host to symposium on matrix analysis

Oct. 9, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Department of Mathematics and Statistics will sponsor its Fourth Symposium on Matrix Analysis and Applications Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25.

Some 50 international scholars and specialists in matrix analysis will attend the symposium, which will take place in the Alavi Commons Room on the sixth floor of Everett Tower.

Principal invited speakers are: Dr. Nicholas Higham from the University of Manchester in England; Dr. Charles R. Johnson from the College of William and Mary; Dr. G.W. Stewart from the University of Maryland; Dr. Charles Van Loan from Cornell University; and Dr. Henry Wolkowicz of the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

"Matrix theory has long been a fundamental tool in many mathematical disciplines, as well as a fertile field for research in its own right," said Dr. Niloufer Mackey, WMU assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, who is directing the symposium with Dr. John W. Petro and Dr. Thomas M. Richardson. "Matrices represent the most important of mathematical transformations, and properties about matrices are necessary to understand virtually any area of mathematical science, whether it be differential equations, probability and statistics, operations research or theoretical and applied economics."

For more information, persons may contact Mackey at 616 387-4594.

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