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1998 ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry
The Fourteenth Annual ACM Symposium on Computational
Geometry (SCG), sponsored by
Special Interest Groups on Algorithms and
Computation Theory and on Graphics),
will be held in
Minnesota, June 7-10, 1998 .
(Yes, it is a 4-day symposium this time!)
The Symposium features an Applied Track, a Theoretical
Track, a Video Review, several Invited Talks, a Panel
Discussion, and a Problem Session.
We at the
Computer Science and Engineering Dept. and the Geometry Center
at the University of
Minnesota look forward to hosting the Symposium.
If you're wondering what "Computational Geometry" is, you
might consider taking a look at
the homepage for
last year's meeting , which includes links to many
of the papers
that appeared there. Or, you might want to look at a
Computational Geometry web-page or to a web-page of
Geometry in Action. There's also an extensive
Geometry Software available.
Full registration information is available in the
Note that the deadline for early registration is
May 18, 1998.
Please register as soon as possible.
The registration fee (both regular and student) includes attendance
to all technical sessions,
the proceedings, video, four lunches, coffee breaks, reception,
The Symposium will be held at the
Radisson Metrodome Hotel in
Minneapolis, adjacent to the Univ. of Minnesota campus.
A room reservation form is included in the program
The deadline for hotel reservations is
May 9, 1998;
after this date, room rates and availability cannot be
Please make your reservations as soon as possible.
Room rates are US$90 (single) and US$100 (double), plus 12% tax.
(Triple/Quad rooms are also available at US$110/US$120,
plus tax. Rollaway beds may be requested at US$15/night/bed.)
Please call the hotel at +1 (800) 822 6757 or +1 (612) 379 8888
All-day parking is available to hotel guests at the rate of
US$6.50 per day (rate subject to change). Hotel guests also
enjoy complimentary access to the Univ. of Minnesota's
$30 million state-of-the-art Recreation Center, located
next to the hotel. The Center features an Olympic-size
swimming pool, a variety of fitness equipment, as well
as basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and badminton courts.
Note: Do not confuse the Symposium hotel with the
many other Radisson hotels located in the Twin Cities of
Minneapolis and St. Paul. The
Symposium hotel is the Radisson Metrodome. It is located
adjacent to the East Bank Campus of the Univ. of Minnesota, two
blocks from the Geometry Center and the Computer Science & Engineering
Department, and close to many campus attractions.
In addition to forty-four contributed
talks and a video review, this year's
Symposium also features six invited
talks, a panel discussion, and a problem session. The
invited talks and panel discussion, as well as the Saturday
reception, are supported by the Geometry Center---an
NSF Science and Technology Center at the
University of Minnesota.
The full program (including registration and hotel forms)
is available in
and LaTeX formats.
A schedule of events (in HTML)
is also available.
The Minneapolis--St. Paul (Twin Cities) metropolitan area
is a vibrant and dynamic one,
and provides opportunities for a variety of activities, both
outdoor and indoor.
Outdoor activities include
walking/hiking/biking along numerous park trails in the
Cities and along the shorelines of the many lakes that
dot the metro area, the Valleyfair Family Amusement Park,
the Minnesota and Como Zoos, and historic Fort Snelling. A bit
further out (about 45 minutes by car) is
the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Up north (about three to
five hours away) are the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior,
and the Voyageurs National Park,
which includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Among indoor activities, a must-see is the
Mall of America,
the largest enclosed shopping and entertainment
complex in the U.S. It covers over 4 million square feet,
and includes more than 500 shops, numerous fine restaurants, a
theme park (Camp Snoopy), and an underwater aquarium (Underwater World)
featuring exotic marine life. (Plan on spending all day at the Mall.)
The Twin Cities also offer a diverse collection of theaters,
museums, and art galleries including: the Walker Art Center,
the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Sculpture Garden, and
the Orpheum and Guthrie Theaters, all in Minneapolis; the Ordway
Music Theater, the Landmark Center, the Science Museum and
Omnitheater, the Children's Museum, and the State Capitol,
all in St. Paul; the Weisman Art Museum and the Bell Museum
of Natural History on the U of M campus; and the Chanhassen
Dinner Theaters in the West metro. Both downtowns
also feature excellent restaurants, offering a variety of
dining experiences. If baseball catches your fancy, then
you can watch the Minnesota Twins (in possibly their last season
here) in the nearby Metrodome.
For further information on the above and more, please visit
any or all of the following:
Getting around town: The Metropolitan Transit
Commission (612--349--7000) provides bus service to both downtowns
and to surrounding suburbs.
Minneapolis--St. Paul International Airport is served by
airlines. Northwest Airlines, the Preferred Airline for the
Symposium, is pleased to offer discounted airfares. To take
advantage of these savings, please call Northwest World
Meetings and Incentives Reservations at 1-800-328-1111,
between 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM Central Time, Monday--Friday.
Please refer to WorldFile Number NEE66 to receive the
discount, which ranges from 5--10% off published fares,
for travel to the Symposium from within the U.S. and
The Symposium hotel is located about 15 miles from the
airport, near the University of Minnesota campus and close
to downtown Minneapolis. Taxi fare from the airport
is about US$15--20. Another
option is to take the Airport Express shuttle service
costs US$10 one-way and US$16.50 round-trip, and departs
the airport every twenty minutes. A third
option is to rent a car. Note that the shuttle
counter as well as all major automobile rental agencies are
located one level below the baggage claim area at
(A) The airport: Take I 494
West to I 35W North. Follow I 35W North just past downtown
Minneapolis, take Exit 17C (Minn. Hwy. 122),
and then follow the signs for ``U of M East Bank''. After crossing
the bridge over the Mississippi, you will
be on Washington Avenue SE.
Go to the third stoplight (Harvard Street), turn left, and
then make an immediate right into the hotel.
(B) Points south of the Twin Cities: Take I 35
I 35W North (I 35 forks into I 35W and I 35E south of the Twin
Cities) and follow the directions in (A) above.
(C) Points west of the Twin Cities: Take I 94
East to I 35W North and follow the directions in (A) above.
(D) Points north of the Twin Cities: Take I 35
South to I 35W South, to Exit 18 (University Ave./4th Street
SE). Turn left on University Ave., then right on Oak Street,
and then right on Washington Avenue. The hotel is one block down,
on the right.
(E) Points east of the Twin Cities (and from
St. Paul): Take I 94 West to Exit 235B (U of M) to
Huron Blvd. Follow Huron to Washington Avenue and turn left.
The hotel is three blocks down, on the right.
(F) Downtown Minneapolis: Take 4th Street SE
(one-way eastbound), which becomes Washington Ave. SE, and
then follow the directions in (A) above.
Here's a sample map from the airport
to the hotel.
To create other customizable maps, please see
(Directions in these maps may be slightly different from the
ones given above.)
The weather in the Twin Cities in June is pleasant. Daytime
temperatures are generally in the low-70 degree Fahrenheit
(21 Celsius) range,
with plenty of sunshine. However, it would be prudent to
bring along a sweater or light jacket and an umbrella. (This
is Minnesota, after all!)
Please check here
for the current weather forecast.
Here are some photographs from
HTML / Postscript minutes, recorded by
Report and unofficial minutes, as
CG Tribune (Issue 10).
Problems posed during the Open Problems session.
Next year's Symposium will be at Miami Beach, FL, from June 13-16.
The Conference Chair is Victor Milenkovic
. See y'all there!
(Univ. of Minnesota)
Marshall Bern (Xerox Parc)
Jean-Daniel Boissonnat (INRIA)
Fred Bookstein (Univ. of Michigan)
Gershon Elber (Technion)
Randy Franklin (RPI)
Ken Goldberg (Berkeley)
Leo Guibas (Stanford Univ.)
Dinesh Manocha (UNC)
Nick Patrikalakis (MIT)
Jarek Rossignac, Chair (GVU/Georgia Tech)
Francois Sillion (Imag)
(SUNY at Stony Brook)
Theoretical track: Chandrajit Bajaj
(Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Chair (Bell Labs)
John Hershberger (Mentor Graphics)
(New York, Budapest)
(Tel Aviv Univ.)
Steve Vavasis (Cornell Univ.)
Mariette Yvinec (CNRS, I3S)
Video Committee: Gill Barequet
(Johns Hopkins Univ.)
Dan Halperin (Chair;
Tel Aviv University)
Joseph S.B. Mitchell (SUNY Stony Brook)
Planning Committee: Nina Amenta
(Univ. of Texas at Austin)
(Univ. of Minnesota)
Jarek Rossignac (GVU/Georgia Tech)
(Univ. of Illinois)
Partial support for the Symposium has been provided by the
(an NSF Science and Technology Center at
the University of Minnesota ) and by Lucent Technologies.
For further information, please email the conf. chair
Last updated Tue Sep 8, 1998.