We are very pleased to welcome you all to Fort Lauderdale. We have a rich program that includes three keynote speakers, three special sessions with 11 invited speakers, and 34 presentations of technical papers. We hope you will find it stimulating and enjoy it.

Martin, Fred, Shlomo, and Dan.

About the Location

Due to hurricane Wilma, we had to relocate our meeting from the Holiday Inn Fort Lauderdale Beach to Florida Atlantic University. The storm damaged the roof of the hotel and the meeting rooms located on the top floor. We are grateful to the Conference Chair, Fred Hoffman, who made excellent alternate arrangements at the last minute. The hotel guest rooms were not damaged and it remains our headquarter hotel and the location of our banquet.

The symposium will take place at the HE Tower (Higher Education Tower) of Florida Atlantic University. The Fort Lauderdale campus is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale at 111 East Las Olas Boulevard.

Registration Desk

The registration desk will open on Wednesday at 8:30 AM and will remain open through the three-day meeting. In the mornings, the registration desk will be outside the Board of Trustees room (11th floor) and in the afternoon in room 913.

Local Transportation

Water Taxi Trip

After the last session on Wednesday, participants will take a Water Taxi back to the hotel for a short break. At 6:45 PM, the Water Taxi will take participants from the hotel to downtown Fort Lauderdale by a scenic route. You will have until 9:30 PM to wander around Las Olas and its environs before we re-board the Water Taxi to return to the hotel. Further information will be available at the meeting.


The symposium banquet will take place on Thursday, January 5, starting at 7:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Lauderdale Beach.


The help and message phone number is (954) 762-5225. A handout with directions and some useful information will be available at the Holiday Inn Reception Desk.