ISSAC: The International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation

ISSAC provides an annual opportunity to learn of new developments and to present original research results in all areas of symbolic mathematical computation.

Topics of the meeting include, but are not limited to:

Algorithmic mathematics: Algebraic, symbolic, and symbolic-numeric algorithms in all areas of mathematics;

Computer science: Theoretical and practical questions in symbolic mathematical computation, including computer algebra systems and problem solving environments, programming languages and libraries for symbolic computation, user interfaces, data structures, parallel computing, software architectures, concrete analysis and benchmarking, artificial intelligence techniques, automatic differentiation, and code generation;

Applications: Problem treatments incorporating algebraic, symbolic or symbolic-numeric computation in an essential or novel way, including engineering, economics and finance, physical and biological sciences, computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics, and use in education.

ISSAC Conferences (1988 - present)

Meeting Format

Symposium activities normally include invited presentations, original research papers, tutorial courses, vendor exhibits and software demonstrations. Proceedings are distributed at the symposium.

Proposals for workshops, tutorial courses, demonstrations, panel discussions or related activities are welcomed. User-groups, editorial boards or other associations desiring meeting space during the course of the symposium are encouraged to contact the conference organizers.


The ISSAC conference series dates back to 1966, with ISSAC 96 being the 21st meeting.

The name "ISSAC" was first used for the 1988 meeting, when the European EUROSAM/ EUROCAL/ EUROCAM conferences were merged with the North American SYMSAM/ SYMSAC stream.

While some of the meetings in this series have only sought national-level sponsorship, the majority have been sponsored by ACM SIGSAM.


At the Montreal meeting, the ISSAC community voted to adopt a set of bylaws that state how these meetings shall be run.

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee administers ISSAC.