Institute of Advanced Studies in Mathematics Technion-Israel Institute of Technology


 The Eleventh Haifa

Matrix Theory Conference

  21-25 June, 1999    

to be held at the

Technion, Haifa, Israel


The Conference will be held under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Mathematics at the Technion.

The Conference plans to cover all aspects of matrix theory, linear algebra, and their applications.

Organizing committee: Abraham Berman, Moshe Goldberg, Daniel Hershkowitz (Chair), Leonid Lerer, Raphael Loewy, David London and Abraham Zaks.

For further information :

Sylvia Schur (Secretary)

Department of Mathematics

Technion-Israel Insitutute of Technology

32000 Haifa, Israel


fax: 972 4 832 4654

Deadline for registration

The deadline for registration is March 31, 1999. Please make every effort to mail/email your form in time to ensure that it reaches us before that date. The conference will commence on the morning of Monday, June 21, 1999, so participants should reach Haifa by Sunday evening. Lectures will be held from Monday through Friday.

Talks - Abstracts

If you are interested in presenting a talk, please let us have a title and short abstract of your talk as soon as possible. Abstracts should be up to one page in length and can be sent either by e-mail in TeX or typed and sent by mail (no larger than 14cm x 20cm).

Conference Proceedings

A special issue of ELA - The ELECTRONIC Journal of LINEAR ALGEBRA will be devoted to the conference.  This issue will contain only papers that meet the publication standards of the journal, and that are approved by normal refereeing procedures.  Papers should be submitted electronically to in any form of TeX or LaTeX.  The submission deadline is September 15, 1999.

Airport arrival

The following options are availabe for reaching Haifa from Ben Gurion Airport:

1. A shared taxi (limousine) service, known here as a "sherut" is provided by the Amal Taxi Co. direct to your hotel in Haifa. The cost is about $10.00, including service charges and the service is available at all times. However, if the "sherut" departs without a full complement of passengers, the driver might charge extra. Don't forget to tell the driver the name of your hotel.

2. There is a bus service from Ben-Gurion Airport to Haifa (bus No. 947) available daily from 6:30-20:40 hours, except for Saturdays. On Fridays buses stop running before 16:00. Bus fare costs about $8.00 (payable only in Israeli shekels) per person, and a taxi from the Haifa central bus station to your hotel costs about the same.

3. A taxi service to Haifa is available at the airport at all times for about $60.00 per taxi.


Transportation from Haifa to the airport on your departure can be arranged for about $10.00. This airport shuttle, however, functions only at night and at certain times during the day. There is also a good bus service.


Hotel rooms will be available for the conference at the Marom and Shulamit Hotels on Mount Carmel at the following rates:

Marom Hotel:
                                        double room (2 persons sharing): $ 65.00
                                        single room:                                 $ 50.00

Shulamit Hotel:

                                       double room (2 persons sharing): $ 96.00
                                       single room:                                 $ 69.00


The price includes breakfast and service charges. These rates also apply to periods directly before and after the conference, if reservations are made together with the registration form. In order to benefit from the special conference rates, please complete the enclosed registration form and mail/email it so as to reach us no later than March 31, 1999.

Climate and clothing

The weather in Haifa in June is sunny and warm, with temperatures at about 28C (80F). Humidity is moderate and there is very little chance of rain. Light clothing and informal dress are recommended.

Currency exchange

Changing currency in Israel is expensive due to bank charges. We do not, however, recommend that you buy Israeli currency abroad. We suggest that you pay your hotel bill in foreign currency (which will also save you the 17% value added tax). We also advise you to limit your currency exchanges to a minimum as a bank charge is made on each exchange, in addition to the charge made for each traveller's check cashed. Possibly the best way to save is through the use of a credit card. All major credit card are accepted in Israel.


Cultural activities

Conference tour

On Wednesday, June 23, there will be a half-day excursion. The cost of the tour will be about $30.00 per person, depending on the number of participants. Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you wish to participate in this tour.


Conference banquet

On Thursday, June 24, the conference banquet will be held. The cost will be $40.00 per person. Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you wish to participate in the banquet.