3-7 January, 2005

Haifa, Israel

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

Participants include: Ron Adin, Daniel Alpay, Marina Arav,Jonathan Arazy, Ravindra Bapat, Harm Bart, Genrich Belitsky, Adi Ben-Israel, Alfred Bruckstein, Yair Censor, David Chillag, Achiya Dax, Harry Dym, Ludwig Elsner, Yuly Eidelman, Karl-Heinz Foerster, Shmuel Friedland, Paul Fuhrman, Israel Gohberg, Alan Hoffman, Olga Holz, Shaofang Hong, Roger Horn, Andre Klein, Tomas Kosir, Thomas Laffey, Izchak Lewkowitz, Yuri Lyubich, Alexander Markus, Volker Mehrmann, Roy Meshulam, Bertram Mond, Michael Neumann (ILAS speaker), Vadim Olshevsky, Rom Pinchasi, Allan Pinkus, Robert Plemmons, Leiba Rodman, Uriel Rothblum, Hans Schneider, Brian Shader, Naomi Shaked-Monderer, Robert Shorten, Avram Sidi, Bit-Shun Tam, Michael Tsatsomeros, Eugene Tyrtyshnikov, Victor Vinnikov, William Watkins, Hans Joachim Werner and Hugo Woerdeman.

Scientific Committee: Abraham Berman (Chair), Moshe Goldberg, Daniel Hershkowitz, Leonid Lerer and Raphael Loewy.

For further information :
Yael Cohen (Conference Coordinator)
Department of Mathematics
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
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 September 30. There will be an US$80 registration fee payable at the conference registration desk on the opening day of the conference. This will entitle participants to daily transport to and from the Technion, lunches, an excursion and the conference banquet, at no extra charge. The conference will commence on the morning of Monday, January 3, 2005, so participants should reach Haifa by Sunday evening. Lectures will be held from Monday through Friday.

Abstracts of talks
Titles and abstracts should be submitted to Ms. Sylvia Schur at the address above no later than September 30, 2004. 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).

LAA will publish a special issue devoted to papers presented at the conference. The special editors are Abraham Berman, Leonid Lerer and Raphael Loewy. The submission deadline is April 30, 2005. Further details will appear in due course at:

  The usual standards of LAA will apply.

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 passsengers. 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 Haifa to the airport on your departure can be arranged for about $12.00.

We have succeeded in obtaining hotel rooms for conference participants at one of Haifa's leading hotels at a very special price ($65 per night for a single room and $85 for a double room. The price includes breakfast and service charges. These rates also apply to periods directly before and after the conference. In order to benefit from the special conference rates, please complete the attached registration form and fax/mail/email it so as to reach us no later than September 30, 2005.  

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 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 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 banquet
The conference banquet will be held on Thursday, January 6. Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you wish to participate in the banquet

Conference excursion
An excursion is planned for Wednesday, January 5. Please indicate on the registration form whether you are interested in participating in this excursion.