International Conference


Geometry and Spectral Theory

29 December, 2003 - 2 January, 2004

Haifa, Israel

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Robert Brooks

An International Conference on Geometry and Spectral Theory will take place at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology at the end of this year. This Conference will honor the memory of our friend and colleague Robert (Bob) Brooks, who passed away suddenly on September 5, 2002.   It will be held under the auspices of the Center for Mathematical Sciences at the Technion and will be supported by the Mallat Family Fund for Research in Mathematics. The Conference will be followed by a

Invited speakers include: Itai Benjamini, Peter Buser, Isaac Chavel, Jozef Dodziuk, Hershel Farkas, Leonid Friedlander, Alexander Gamburd, Vadim Kaimanovich, Motoko Kotani, Alex Lubotzky, Eran Makover, Michail Monastyrsky, Ross Pinsky, Iosif Polterovich, Andrey Reznikov, Mikhail Shubin, Barry Simon, Mikhail Sodin, Toshikazu Sunada, Uzi Vishne, Shmuel Weinberger, Gilbert Weinstein and Andrzej Zuk.

Organizing Committee: Michael Entov, Yehuda Pinchover and Michah Sageev.

For further information :
Sylvia Schur (Conference Coordinator)
Department of Mathematics
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
32000 Haifa, Israel
Phone:     972 4 829 4278
Fax:         972 4 829 3388

Please make every effort to  ensure that your registration form reaches us before October 31, 2003.  The conference will commence on the morning of Monday, December 29, 2003, so participants should reach Haifa by Sunday evening. Lectures will be held from Monday through Friday.
Registration Form

Talks - Abstracts
Invited speakers should let us have a title and short abstract of their talk by October 31. Abstracts should be up to one page in length and can be sent either by e-mail in LaTeX/TeX, or typed and sent by mail (no larger than 14cm x 20cm).

Airport arrival

 A "sherut" (shared taxi service) by the Amal Taxi Co. provides transport from Ben Gurion Airport direct to your hotel in Haifa. The cost is about $12.00, including service charges and the service is available at all times. However, it can cost more if there are not enough passengers. There is also a special taxi service to Haifa available at the airport for about $70.00 per taxi (at night the price is higher).


Transportation from your hotel to the airport on your departure usually can be arranged for about $12.00.

We have succeeded in obtaining hotel rooms for conference participants at the Dan Panorama hotel at a very special price, including breakfast. The hotel is a comfortable four star hotel, very well situated and only a short walk to business and leisure centers, with striking views of Haifa Bay. (For rates please e-mail us and we will provide you with the details.) In order to benefit from these special conference rates, kindly complete the registration form above and mail/email it so as to reach us no later than October 31, 2003.  
Currency exchange
Changing currency in Israel is expensive due to bank charges. We do not, however, recommend that you buy Israeli currency abroad. It is usually better to pay hotel bills in foreign currency (which will also save the 18% 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 cards are widely accepted in Israel.

Climate and clothing
The weather in Haifa in December/January can be cold and wet, although there can be pleasant and sunny days. It is advisable, however, to be prepared for the possibility of cold and rainy weather.

Conference excursion and banquet

On Wednesday afternoon, December 31, there will be an outing to the Galilee, including a visit to Zippori, the 2nd century AD Jewish center after the destruction of the Temple, where there will be a guided tour of its recently discovered magnificent Roman mosaic floors and ancient aqueducts. From there we will continue north for the Conference banquet, which will be held at "The Twins Restaurant", Moshav Shechenya, where we will experience Lebanese Kosher cooking. The price of the outing is $70 per person. Please indicate on the registration form whether you are interested in participating.