SIGSAM ANNUAL REPORT
July 1994 - June 1995
Submitted by: Erich Kaltofen
SIGSAM held elections. The position for vice-chair was tied
and each of the candidates will serve 1 year. Bruce Char
conceded the election and Hoon Hong will resign in a year.
This step has the approval of Doris Lidtke. SIGSAM also
changed into an Open SIG.
SIGSAM's Bulletin has appeared with a small delay due to
lack of contributions. However, the issues contain some
timely material such as the advance program of ISSAC'95 in
Montreal. The unrefereed research contributions are of good
quality. Since the Bulletin editor has been in office for
several years and wishes to step down, the appointment of
the new editor is a key step for the new board. SIGSAM has
also published the Proceedings of ISSAC'95 (314 pages).
3. Electronic Services:
SIGSAM's homepage on acm.org and its archive on
ftp.ccs.neu.edu/pub/sigsam are being actively maintained.
Cooperative links with other symbolic computation
information services such as Symbol Net are installed.
SIGSAM is sponsoring the International Symposium on Symbolic
and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC '95) in Montreal with
SIGNUM (25%). The Montreal meeting was successful, with
over 140 attendees. At Montreal, Bylaws for organizing
ISSAC'95 for voted into effect. These Bylaws give SIGSAM a
seat on a 6 member Steering Committee by virtue of
sponsoring ISSAC. Two other seats are held by cooperating
national organizations. The alternate proposal of
establishing and international society in symbolic
computation that would be in competition with SIGSAM failed.
The 1994 PASCO meeting was "in cooperation" with SIGSAM. Due
to the lateness of approval, this status was unfortunately
not acknowledged in the conference material.
End of November 1993, SIGSAM had a total of 1004 members.
End of May 1995, SIGSAM has a total of 738 members. This
decline is somewhat higher than the SIG average (36% for
SIGSAM and 27% for SIG average) and runs counter to the
growth of our field in the applications and educations
sectors. Measures such as giving conference registration
discounts for instant membership can boost membership. It
is also hoped that "Open Status" will attract more members
outside North America. Nonetheless, the membership decline
is the most challenging problem for the new SIGSAM executive
board, now that the ISSAC control question is settled in a
reasonable fashion for SIGSAM.
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