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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

NINTH U.S. NATIONAL CONGRESS ON COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS, San Francisco, July 22- 26, 2007

BACKGROUND AND SCOPE

From their inception in 1991, the biennial congresses of the United States Association for Computational Mechanics have become major scientific events, drawing computational engineers and scientists worldwide from government, academia, and industry. The Ninth U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM IX), hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, will feature the latest developments in all aspects of computational mechanics, and will broaden the definition of the discipline to include many other computation-oriented areas in engineering and sciences. From applications in nanotechnology and bioengineering, to recent advances in numerical methods and high-performance computing, the technical program will reflect the Congress theme of ``Interdisciplinary Computation''. In addition to plenary lectures and minisymposia that highlight the latest trends in computational mechanics, pre- and post-conference short courses addressing advances in multiscale and multiphysics methods, as well as other topics, will be held. Numerous vendor exhibits from Bay Area and national companies and organizations are also planned. Detailed information on USNCCM IX can be found at:

http://me.berkeley.edu/compmat/USACM/main.html

LOCATION
USNCCM IX will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, located in downtown San Francisco, with convenient access from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose International Airports.

CONGRESS REGISTRATION FEES
Early (by June 1, 2007) Late
Participant: $595 $695
Student: $250 $300

The participant fee covers the conference abstracts, a conference program, the reception, banquet, all break refreshments, and a twoyear membership in USACM and IACM. The student fee does not include the membership dues.

ACCOMMODATION
Block room reservations with special room rates are available at the conference hotel: single occ. double occ. cutoff date
Hyatt San Francisco $195 $195 June 28, 2007
Reservations can be made starting July 1, 2006 (please mention ``USNCCM9'' to receive the conference rate). Government and student rates are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMPORTANT DATES
Website open for minisymposia proposals August 1, 2006
Deadline for minisymposia proposals January 15, 2007
Final selection of minisymposia February 1, 2007
Website open for abstract submission February 1, 2007
Deadline for abstract submissions April 1, 2007
Final selection of abstracts April 15, 2007
Deadline for print-ready abstracts June 1, 2007
Deadline for early registration June 1, 2007
USNCCM IX technical program July 23-26, 2007
Pre- and post-conference short courses July 22 & 26, 2007

CALL FOR MINISYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS
A wide variety of minisymposia forms the backbone of the Congress' technical program. A minisymposium consists of one or more technical sessions that focus on a specific topic or research area associated with computational mechanics. The technical sessions provide a flexible format that accommodates keynote
lectures, invited, and contributed papers. Volunteer minisymposium organizers will develop each minisymposium individually. The organizers are responsible for the technical content of their minisymposium; they select invited participants,
and review abstracts of contributed papers. The Technical Program Chairs invite proposals for minisymposia from the Computational Mechanics community. All proposals
must be submitted electronically via the Congress web site. There should be at least two organizers for each minisymposium; it is desirable that they represent more than one institution. Teaming of U.S. and international co-organizers is encouraged. The
minisymposia proposals deadline is January 15, 2007. Notification of the final selection of minisymposia will be given no later than February 1, 2007.

MINISYMPOSIUM TOPICS
The Ninth U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics will feature symposia in several emerging and mature areas: Biophysics, Mesh Generation, Error Analysis, Meshfree Methods, Finite Element Technology, Failure Analysis, Applications in
Engineering Practice, Optimization and Sensitivity Analysis, Computational Dynamics, Stochastic Finite Element Methods, Inverse Problems, Coupled Problems, Computational Acoustics, Computational Electromagnetics, Granular Materials and Discrete
Element Methods, Automotive Problems, Advances in Commercial Finite Element Software, Multiscale Methods in Materials Modeling, Computational Advances in Modeling Heterogeneous Materials, Geotechnical Applications, Contact-
Impact Problems in Nonlinear Mechanics, Discontinuous Galerkin Methods, Computational Combustion, Methods and Applications in Coupled Engineering Simulation, and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

CALL FOR TECHNICAL PAPERS
All technical papers, including keynote, invited, and contributed presentations, will be presented within one of the Congress's minisymposia. One-page abstracts in PDF format are required for all papers. Abstracts must be submitted to one
of the accepted minisymposia organizers for review. All abstracts must be submitted electronically using the abstract submission system that will be available on the Congress website, beginning February 1, 2007. The deadline for abstract
submission is April 1, 2007. Authors submitting abstracts of contributed papers will be notified of a decision on acceptance no later that on April 15, 2007. Following the notice of acceptance, authors will have until June 1, 2007 to revise their
abstracts.

HONORARY CONGRESS CHAIR
Robert L. Taylor, University of California, Berkeley
CONGRESS CHAIRS
Panos Papadopoulos, University of California, Berkeley
Tarek I. Zohdi, University of California, Berkeley

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
F. Armero (Berkeley), P.P. Collela (LBNL),
D.C. Chrzan (Berkeley), C. Farhat (Stanford),
R.M. Ferencz (LLNL), R.E. Jones (SNL),
A.J. Lew (Stanford), S. Li (Berkeley),
M.R.K. Mofrad (Berkeley), P.M. Pinsky (Stanford),
C.A. Taylor (Stanford)

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