The contributions of these eProceedings are presented at the eighth International
Mathematica Symposium (IMS'06) organized in June 2006 in France in the "Palais des Papes"
of Avignon, next to the celebrated "pont St Benezet", two monuments inscribed by UNESCO
on the World Heritage List, together with the "Rocher des Doms". This conference is the
first french occurrence of this series of interdisciplinary conferences dedicated to
application of Mathematica, an initiative to promote scientific research
and exchange in the broad community of enthousiastic users of this computational environment.
This symposium is of interest to researchers, teachers and doctoral students, but it
addresses the academic community as well as the industrial sphere or the world of arts.
It is devoted to a broad set of topics: pure and applied mathematics, algorithms and
computer algebra, theoretical and applied computer sciences, physics, complexity analysis,
biology and life sciences, human sciences, engineering, economy and finance, graphics and
design, visual arts and music, education, ...
More than a hundred abstracts have been submitted. After a careful review, the
Program Committee invited most of the authors to submit full papers. Each of these papers
has been thoroughly reviewed by two independent reviewers and 64 were recommended for
presentation and publication in the electronic proceedings, published as a CD with ISBN
and accessible online at //hal.inria.fr/IMS06.
The editors are grateful to the authors of the papers for their valuable
contribution. We are indebted to the reviewers, the members of the Program Committee,
who spent a lot of time for their thoughtful review.
We are grateful too to all the people who helped in organizing this event, especially to
the members of the "Association pour l'Organisation d'International Mathematica Symposium 2006"
and to our local administrative officer, Monique Simonetti.
We want to thank all
the sponsors of IMS'06: Sophia Antipolis research unit of INRIA provided
technical and financial support to the local organization, City of Avignon organized the
Monday's reception and showed the support of the city for this event, AMD and Apple
Computer made highly powerful computers available for workshops.
We think that this symposium respects the tradition of excellence that has been the rule for International Mathematica Symposiums. We are confident that it will promote and strengthen the wide potential of research and application of Mathematica.
Bruno Autin, General Chair
Yves Papegay, Program Chair