International Conference on Algorithmic Problems in Groups and Semigroups (ICAPGS98)

First Announcement

An International Conference on Algorithmic Problems in Groups and Semigroups will be held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from May 11 through May 15, 1998.

The topics of the conference include various aspects of finite semigroup theory, and combinatorial and geometric techniques in the study of finitely presented groups and semigroups. Emphasis will be on decidability problems for finite semigroups and finitely presented semigroups and groups and computational complexity of the related algorithms.

The conference is organized under the auspices of the Discrete and Experimental Mathematics program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

A preliminary list of invited speakers includes

J. Almeida (U. Porto) G. Baumslag (CNUY, New York)
J. Birman (Columbia U.) R. Gilman (Stevens Inst. of Technology) V.S. Guba (Vologda State U.)
Y. Gurevich (U. Michigan) D. Holt (U. Warwick)
S. Ivanov (U. Illinois, Urbana) O. Kharlampovich (McGill U.)
Y. Kobayashi (Toho U.) S.I. Kublanovsky (St. Petersburg, Russia)
A. Miasnikov (CUNY, New York) F. Otto (U. Kassel)
J.E. Pin (Paris) S.J. Pride (U. Glasgow)
J. Rhodes (U. California, Berkeley) N. Ruskuc (U. St.-Andrews)
P. Schupp (U. Illinois, Urbana) L.M. Shneyerson (New York)
B. Steinberg (U. California, Berkeley) H. Straubing (Boston College)
S. Talwar (York) D. Therien (McGill U.)
M. Volkov (Ural State U.) P. Weil (Paris)

There will also be a limited number of contributed papers. If you would like to contribute a paper please indicate this below, and send an abstract (1–2 pages) by January 1, 1998 to the address below. The contributed talks will be selected based on the submitted abstracts.

We hope to publish a proceedings of the conference.

Accommodation: We plan to reserve blocks of rooms. More details will appear in the Second Announcement of the Conference, which will be sent in January, 1998.

Participants in the ICAPGS conference may also be interested in participating in a Centennial Celebration organized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the granting of the first PhD by the department. The Centennial Celebration will be held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, May 15–16, 1998. There will be several special sessions organized by members of the faculty, including a special session in semigroup theory. Further information about the Centennial Celebration and the ICAPGS conference will soon be available via a link from the UNL Mathematics Department's webserver at .

It would be helpful for our planning if you are able to let us know as early as possible whether you are likely to be able to attend ICAPGS and whether you want to give a talk.

Please fill in the form below and send your response to Jean-Camille Birget at the address below.

We hope that you will be able to attend and look forward to your early response.

Jean-Camille Birget: Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnLincoln, NE 68588–0115,

Stuart W MargolisDepartment of Mathematics and Computer ScienceBar Ilan UniversityRamat Gan 52900,

John C MeakinDepartment of MathematicsUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnLincoln, NE 68588–0323,

Mark V SapirDepartment of MathematicsVanderbilt UniversityNashville, Tennessee 37240,

Please send the following information

    International Conference on Algorithmic Problems in Groups and Semigroups,
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    May 11 - May 15, 1998.
    The probability that I will attend the conference is (underline one):
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    I would like to give a talk at the conference           yes   /   no
    (and I will send an Abstract by Jan. 1, 1998)
    The title of my talk is: