Milestones in Computer Algebra

MICA 2008:

A Conference in Honour of Keith Geddes' 60th Birthday

Stonehaven Bay, Trinidad and Tobago, 1-3 May 2008

In cooperation with ACM SIGSAM


Keith Geddes received his PhD in 1973 from the University of Toronto under the supervision of John C. Mason. Since that time, as a professor at the University of Waterloo, his research has spanned the areas of numerical approximation, algebraic algorithms for symbolic computation, hybrid symbolic-numeric computation and the design and implementation of computer algebra systems. He is perhaps best known as co-founder of the Maple computer algebra system. Through his teaching, research and software, the work of Keith Geddes has touched millions of individuals.

In honour of Keith Geddes' 60th birthday, the 40th year of his scientific career and the 20th anniversary of the founding of Maplesoft, a conference will be held 1-3 May 2008 near Scarborough, Tobago.

The conference will feature invited talks by well known figures in the computer algebra world as well as contributed talks selected by the program committee.

Invited Speakers

Schedule of Talks

A preliminary schedule of talks can be found here.

Accepted Contributions

The following extended abstracts have been accepted for presentation at MICA 2008.

Call for Posters

Contributions of ongoing research in areas related to Keith Geddes' career or of related historical interest (or both) are invited for presentation as posters. 

Abstracts of 2 pages should be submitted by April 4, 2008 to Acceptance of abstracts submitted later is possible, subject to limitations of the conference organization.

Special Journal Issue

A special issue of the Journal of Symbolic Computation is planned to follow the conference. We invite full versions of conference papers or new papers in the spirit of the conference to be submitted to JSC for refereeing by 1 September 2008. Papers should be submitted by E-mail to either Mark Giesbrecht or Stephen Watt.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Important Dates:

Program Committee


There is a registration fee for participation in the conference. Early registration is USD 200 for students and USD 300 for others. Late registration costs 50% more.

Participants may securely register via the conference registration page  Your credit card will show a charge from "U OF W CASHIERS OFFICE WATERLOO".


The conference will be held at the Grafton Beach Resort, located about eight kilometers from Scarborough, the capital of Tobago, and about eight kilometers from the Crown Point international airport.

The conference venue and nearby hotels are pinpointed on the following map:


Accommodation is available at the Grafton Beach Resort or the neighbouring Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort (minimum age 16), as well as other Tobago hotels.

The room rate at the Grafton Beach Resort for MICA participants is USD 168 per adult per night. This rate is "all-inclusive", including accommodation, meals, refreshments (excluding premium wine and champagne), entertainment, taxes and gratuities. Accompanying children 4 years old or under are free, from 5 years to 12 years are 50% of the adult rate, and 13 or over are charged as adults. Participants can make reservations directly with the hotel. To receive the USD 168 rate, you must ask for the MICA 2008 conference rate. In particular, we have negotiated that there will not be a single occupancy surcharge for MICA 2008 participants.


There are international airports at Port-of-Spain on the island of Trinidad and Crown Point on the island of Tobago. There are frequent low-cost flights between these two airports (for example on Caribbean Airlines about every 45 minutes).

Sample round trip airfares (as of 1 January and subject to change) are shown below.

Origin Destination    Airline Fare
Toronto Port-of-Spain Air Canada CAD 680
London Port-of-Spain British AirwaysGBP 680
Atlanta Port-of-Spain American AirlinesUSD 363
New York JFK Port-of-Spain Caribbean AirlinesUSD 411
Port-of-SpainTobago Caribbean AirlinesUSD   48

It is advisable to book travel and hotel early as the Plymouth Jazz Festival attracts many people to the island.


Conference Links:

Neighbouring Events:

Organizing Committee


The conference is sponsored by the University of Waterloo and is in cooperation with ACM SIGSAM.

Major support is gratefully acknowledged from Maplesoft.

The conference thanks the following for additional support: