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  Imagine the depth of a conference with the theme "Building Diverse Leadership in Computing." In its second bi-annual event, the committee for the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2003 Conference is extending an invitation to researchers and students in the fields of mathematics, science, computing and engineering to participate. The conference honors the contributions of Dr. Richard A. Tapia of Rice University to the growth of diversity in computing and related disciplines.

"The Tapia Conference series has already become well known as an exciting, dynamic event at which we can discuss current research while honoring and enjoying the diversity of the participants," said Tapia 2003 Co-Chair Bryant York of Portland State University. "We're expecting a great deal of involvement from government agencies, academia and the private sector."

The program will include technical sessions of papers and posters, guest speakers, panels, BoFs, a Doctoral Consortium and the ability to network with others who have a strong investment in research and diversity in computing.

Plenary speakers will present both deep and broad views on computing issues of interest to the entire community. The panels will touch on hot-button topics at the forefront of the computing communities. The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to present, discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established researchers.

Again, the posters will be judged and awarded a monetary prize. And, this year, the technical papers will be published in a special proceedings.

The Technical Program Chairs encourage comments, questions or feedback about the technical program and submission process.

  Technical Papers
Dr. Nancy Leveson,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
We invite researchers to submit papers to Tapia 2003. Topics of interest include:
  • Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering, including modeling and simulation
  • Large Scale Data and Knowledge Management
  • Secure Systems
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Augmenting Human Cognition
Submitted papers will be published in a proceedings.

Prospective authors are invited to submit extended abstracts of no more than 4 pages including results, figures and references.

  • Deadline extended to: April 4, 2003
    Submit paper abstracts here
    (Note that the presenting author should be listed as the corresponding author in the submission form.)

  • Notification of acceptance: May 30, 2003

Dr. Brian M Dennis,
Northwestern University

We envision the poster session as a showcase for exceptional technical work as well a vehicle for student participation. Poster presentations provide an opportunity for students and researchers to describe their research results and methodologies directly to the conference attendees.

We strongly encourage posters from students. Awards will be given for the best poster with a student as the primary author.

References: How to write an abstract.

Abstracts should be limited to 200 words.

  • Deadline extended to: June 20, 2003
    Submit poster abstracts here
    (Note that the presenting author should be listed as the corresponding author in the submission form.)

  • Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2003.
Dr. Joan M. Francioni,
Winona State University
The goal of the 45-minute panel sessions is to provide in-depth presentations and discussion on a particular topic. Panels consist of short presentations by 3-4 leaders in the field, followed by moderated dialogue among the panelists and the audience members.

We seek a broad range of panels, including leading edge technical topics in the 5 highlighted conference areas (e.g. computational mathematics, science and engineering; large scale data and knowledge management; secure systems; ubiquitous computing; and, augmenting human cognition) as well as professional development topics (e.g., mentoring, networking, etc.). Suggested points to address in the panel proposal include:

  • What are the objectives of the panel?
  • Who should attend the panel?
  • What are the topics being covered?
  • Are there written materials, and if so, what are they?
  • What competing points of view will be discussed?
  • What knowledge can attendees expect to gain?
  • What are the number, names, and affiliation of speakers?
  • What are the educational, technical, and professional background/qualifications of the speakers?

Abstracts should be limited to 200 words
There is an additional 1-page limit for the proposal

  • Deadline extended to: April 4, 2003
    --> Submit panel abstracts/proposals here
    (Note that the presenting author should be listed as the corresponding author in the submission form.)

  • Notification of acceptance: June 25, 2003
  Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF)
Dr. Jeffrey R. N. Forbes,
Duke University
The goal of the BOFs is to provide an informal discussion in a specific topic area. While we are interested in a wide range of topics, we particularly encourage those which will bring together participants with a common interest in technical areas. For example, if you want to meet other conference participants interested in the ubiquitous computing research area, propose a BOF that will achieve this goal. A BOF proposal should include an abstract on the topic of the BOF, the expected audience for the BOF session, and a brief summary on the qualifications of the organizer who will lead the BOF session.


  Doctoral Consortium (DC)
Dr. Nina M. Berry,
Sandia National Laboratories
The Doctoral Consortium, to be held as a one-day workshop immediately preceding the Tapia 2003 Conference, provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established researchers in computing and in computational mathematics, science and engineering. The doctoral consortium has the following objectives:
  • To provide a setting for feedback on participants' current research and guidance on future research directions;
  • To develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
  • To provide a new generation of researchers and scientific leaders with advice and insight into academic, research, industrial, and non-traditional career opportunities;
  • To contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and participation in conference events.

Application Package:
  1. Cover Sheet:
    You should view the cover sheet as a (1 page or less) summary of your application.
  2. Thesis Summary:
    Prepare a 2-page summary outlining the problem being addressed, the proposed plan for research, and a description of the progress to date. Distinguish between work that has already been accomplished from what remains to be done. Be sure to include the title of your work.
  3. Background Information
    Please include a detailed curriculum vitae.
  4. Letter of Recommendation
    Please include a letter of recommendation from your thesis advisor that assesses the current status of your thesis research and provide an expected date for thesis submission. In addition, your advisor should indicate their thoughts on what you will gain from participating in the doctoral consortium. The thesis advisor can send the form electronically or by fax to:
    Tapia 2003 Doctoral Consortium Committee
    c/o Dr. Monica Martinez-Canales
    Sandia National Laboratories
    PO Box 969, MS9217
    Livermore, CA 94551-0969
    FAX: 925-294-2234
  5. Participant's Expectations
    Include a short statement of what you expect to gain from presenting and participating in the doctoral consortium as well as what you think you can contribute.


  Technical Program Contacts
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us:
  Dr. Monica Martinez-Canales
Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. Pamela Williams
Sandia National Laboratories